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Big Black Dog

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Since 2012's eponymous debut on Big Legal Mess Records, Dead Fingers have taken stock of the dynamic changes their lives have undergone. Kate and Taylor being first time parents has added new perspective to their road weary travelogues and broke beat folk/country/blues hybrid.

They made their way through the ranks of indie-rock reality checks both with each other and on their own. From Taylor's earliest days as a lo-fi axe slinger shredding J. Mascis-by way of-Johnny Thunders riffage on You Know That Summer's Coming, to his time spent touring with Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, and Kate's lifelong tutelage in one of the most gifted musical families in the Magic City, there's little that has missed these two. They fostered their songwriting skills through years of hard won apprenticeships and also toured extensively throughout the US and in Europe sharing the stage with Jason Isbell, Maria Taylor, and Leon Redbone.

Having added drummer Alan Rosser as a permanent fixture it seems Dead Fingers have finally settled into a life that just fits and 2014 boasted the release of their sophomore album Big Black Dog. Produced by Bruce Watson of Fat Possum (Heartless Bastards, Water Liars, R.L. Burnside, AA Bondy), it speaks as much to their growing maturity as artists and their innate ability to put their lives squarely in the fabric of their songs.

From penning acoustic remedies for heartbroken scribes in "Pomp & Circumstance," to the playful pretzel wordplay of "Twisted," there's enough existential wisdom for people twice their age to revel in- along with the standard Dead Fingers six string whiplash- to make this one of the most exciting albums in either of their respective catalogs. Big Black Dog stands as a new chapter in the careers of some of Birmingham's most talented musicians and their struggle to find a balance between their art and home life. This also marked their debut release with Communicating Vessels.


“The track “Closet Full of Bones” is reminiscent of The Civil Wars, and the tracks “Ring Around Saturn” and “Hold on To” will bring to mind the collaboration between John Prine and Iris Dement”
-Hank Sforzini of Paste (12 Alabama Bands You Should Listen To Now)

“Froggy-voiced boy meets caramel-voiced girl; their slice-of-life country feels like an Eggleston exhibit”
–J. Edward Keyes of Spin

“The album features lush instrumentation (blues guitar! harmonica!) behind pretty harmonic duets and alternating solos. Husband and wife each play guitar and sing, forging a more collaborative air than that of, say, She & Him. The melodies and lyrics aren’t surprising, but the beauty and emotion they carry certainly are” + “Much of the album recalls the collaborative work of John Prine and Iris Dement”
-AGE of Oxford American

“There’s something very cinematic about the sounds of Dead Fingers. At times it rings of the kind of vintage country that would be romanticized by Jim Jarmusch. At times it’s reminiscent of the effortless, alcohol-addled, late-night folk jamming of Bob Dylan and friends captured by D.A. Pennebaker in Dont Look Back. And at time it sounds like the kind of Southern Rock that those kooky kids from Dazed and Confused would shoot pool to”
-Izzy of Philthy Mag

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released July 15, 2014

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