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Dead Winter Carpenters and the Sierra Drifters take Tep’s

This week will be music fans’ last chance to check out area-favorite Dead Winter Carpenters at Lake Tahoe, at least for a month or so.

The popular five-piece performs in South Lake Tahoe Friday before heading out on a tour that includes stops in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Colorado and Utah and runs through late February.

The band is promoting it newest, six-song EP, “Dirt Nap,” which was released in December and is available at http://deadwintercarpenters.bandcamp.com.

“In a time when music has been transformed and genre lines are left behind like the seasons, Dead Winter Carpenters are producing an ever-evolving style of music,” according to their online biography. “The time spent, both in the studio in the woods and criss-crossing the American countryside, has provided Dead Winter Carpenters with a ground-breaking sound that blends Americana roots-rock with a tinge of straightforward ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ Alt. Country that is as hard-hitting as it is whimsical.”

The “official-un_official Snow Dance party” with the Dead Winter Carpenters starts at 9 p.m. Friday at Tep’s Villa Roma.

Opening the show will be the Sierra Drifters, which includes Chris Seal (guitar, harmonica and vocals), Andy Hatch (guitar, mandolin and vocals) and Nate Alcorn (upright bass and vocals) of South Lake Tahoe bluegrass band Bison. Musician and promoter Ryan Kronenberg joins the group on drums.

“For me musically, this is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” Kronenberg said during a Tuesday interview, adding the songwriting talent of Hatch and Seal is exciting to be a part of.

The group has been together for a little more than a year, but is just starting to book regular live performances.

“It has an interesting range,” Kronenberg said of the band’s music. “We’re still trying to hone the sounds as far as what’s going on with it.”

Following the death of Lou Reed, the Sierra Drifters played a tribute to Reed and the Velvet Underground at the Divided Sky last month. The band’s sound has been shading toward the rock end of Americana and bluegrass, Kronenberg said. With at least one song with a Black Keys-like touch, the band’s rock influences are likely to appeal to a broader range of fans, Kronenberg said.

The Sierra Drifters hope to record an EP in February and begin touring outside of the Lake Tahoe Basin after that, making audience participation a key part of its shows.

“It’s ultimately to create a space for people to come and enjoy the moment,” Kronenberg said.

As for Friday’s show, Kronenberg is excited to play with the Dead Winter Carpenters and send them off on their tour on a good note.

“I think that this Dead winter show coming up is going to be a good one,” Kronenberg said.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jan 23, 2014 04:38PM Published Jan 24, 2014 08:11PM Copyright 2014 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.