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Americana acts Dead Winter Carpenters and Dishonest Fiddlers play at Jazz Cafe in Plains on June 21

Americana acts Dead Winter Carpenters and Dishonest Fiddlers play at Jazz Cafe in Plains on June 21
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From a press release:

Americana music spanning coast to coast will come together in Northeastern Pennsylvania when the Dead Winter Carpenters from North Lake Tahoe, California share the stage with The Dishonest Fiddlers from Scranton at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on Wednesday, June 21. The Fiddlers will be joined by local singer/songwriter JP Biondo of NEPA roots/bluegrass outfit Cabinet just after their recent performances at the Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton.

Doors at the Jazz Cafe (667 N. River St., Plains) open at 7 p.m., and the 21+ show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets, which are $5 in advance, can be purchased online via HoldMyTicket.

Dead Winter Carpenters have built a reputation for pouring their heart and soul into each performance. In just a few years, they have positioned themselves “at the forefront of a youthful generation trying to redefine what string music is and what it can do,” wrote the Portland Metronome.

That progressive nature comes through loud and clear – from instruments plugged and unplugged – in the band’s latest release and fourth studio project, “Washoe.” The 12-song collection of originals was recorded in Reno’s Sierra Sonics Studio (Ozzy Ozbourne, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Collective Soul) and co-produced by Dead Winter Carpenters and Zachary Girdis.

The band’s previous albums include the group’s 2010 self-titled debut, “Ain’t It Strange” (2012), and the much-acclaimed “Dirt Nap” (2014), of which CMT Edge wrote, “With one listen to Dead Winter Carpenters’ ‘Easy Sleep,’ you’ll get a strong sense of where this California band is coming from.”

Reminiscent of genre-benders like Jack White, Chris Thile, and Sam Bush, Dead Winter Carpenters harmoniously blend refined musical ability with a scarcely restrained tendency to let it all hang out. The result is a controlled burn, a riveting sound, and a connection with fans that sells out shows and has the band sharing stages with the likes of Jason Isbell, Greensky Bluegrass, and Hard Working Americans.

Members include Jesse Dunn (acoustic and electric guitars, vocals), Jenni Charles (fiddle, vocals), Dave Lockhart (upright and electric bass, vocals), Nick Swimley (guitar, vocals), and Brendan Smith (drums, vocals).

A steadily touring band since forming in 2010, Dead Winter Carpenters has entertained growing crowds at notable festivals, including Harvest Music Festival (Arkansas), High Sierra Music Festival and Strawberry Music Festival (California), Del Fest (Maryland), Northwest String Summit (Oregon), and more.

Dead Winter Carpenters is a band with ambition, talent, and authenticity that continues to delight – and invite – fans from many music camps.

The Dishonest Fiddlers are an emerging folk group rooted in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Singer/songwriter Dave Brown is accompanied by a varying cast of string musicians, better known as “The Dishonest Fiddlers,” ensuring no two shows are ever the same.

Folk and bluegrass music are obvious influences that have helped to forge and inspire a unique, homegrown sound while providing a solid musical foundation. Socially conscious songwriting and old timey sensibilities are certain to open even the most discerning ear.

The Dishonest Fiddlers’ debut album, “The Whistle Missed the Train,” was released in March of 2016.

Biondo is best known as a member of Cabinet, who recently hosted the fifth annual Susquehanna Breakdown in Scranton, but he’s also an accomplished solo musician and songwriter. Biondo and Cabinet are set to release a new album in October.

See photos of Biondo and The Dishonest Fiddlers playing at the 2017 Susquehanna Breakdown here. Watch or listen to Episode 8 of the new live streaming NEPA Scene Podcast with Biondo to learn more about Cabinet and his solo work and hear two exclusive acoustic performances: