Rapper Eminem and the Soggy Bottom Boys, from the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” have, seemingly, very little in common.
But the combination of the two was part of the Deadly Gentlemen’s tunes when they first formed, according to the band’s banjo player Greg Liszt.
“When Liszt first hooked up with the original members of the band in 2008 to record the first Deadly Gentlemen project ‘The Bastard Masterpiece,’ the music they came up with was an experimental mix of spoken-word vocals and banjo-driven grooves that Liszt now describes as ‘Eminem meets the Soggy Bottom Boys,’” according to the band’s bio. “By the time the current lineup solidified in time to record the 2011 followup ‘Carry Me to Home,’ the group’s style had begun to evolve towards the sound that’s featured on ‘Roll Me, Tumble Me,’ reflecting the five musicians’ wide range of interests and diverse assortment of personalities.”
The Boston-based quintet employs acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and double bass in their songs. The band’s members have notched some impressive credentials during their musical careers.
Liszt’s four-finger picking technique helped him secure a slot as part of Bruce Springsteen’s live band for Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions tour, while fiddle player Mike Barnett has toured with bluegrass legend Jesse McReynolds and studied at the Berklee School of Music, according to the bio.
The band’s third album, “Roll Me, Tumble Me,” was released in July. The band performs at Lake Tahoe’s South Shore on Friday.
“This album definitely feels like a big turning point for us,” Liszt said in the bio. “I think it shows that we’d done a little bit of maturing, but at the same time I think that we’ve still managed to maintain some of the craziness of our earlier records.”
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