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Dead Fingers

Birmingham, Alabama, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Birmingham, Alabama, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
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"12 Alabama Bands You Should Listen To Now"

Prior to Dead Fingers, Hollingsworth, a member of Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, was responsible for “Snake Hill” and “Air Mattress” on the album Outer South and also appeared on Oberst’s self-titled album. This husband-and-wife duo recorded their self-titled debut with Bruce Watson (R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Iggy and the Stooges) and it was released on Big Legal Mess/ Fat Possum Records. 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. - Paste


"ALBUM STREAM: Dead Fingers"

Dead Fingers by Dead Fingers

(Big Legal Mess Records, 2012)

Married couple Taylor Hollingsworth and Kate Taylor combine indie-band backgrounds with the folk, Americana, and blues traditions of their native Alabama in the eponymous debut of their joint effort, Dead Fingers. 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.
While Hollingsworth’s voice is pinched, at times straining, with a peculiar, hyper-articulation (perhaps a tic from his Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band days?), Taylor’s vocals are clear and delicate, almost fragile in contrast. Her voice is almost identical to that of her sister Maria of another Saddle Creek group, Azure Ray. Is that a frog in Hollingsworth’s throat? No, he probably just needs a drink of water. The blend works well in harmony, but the more successful numbers spotlight Taylor, allowing her vocals more space.

“Another Planet” is the standout track best exemplifying the couple’s pleasing vocal variance. The melody is sunny, the guitar jangly and dreamy, like a cowboy in love. But the quick tempo and happy riff don’t obscure the song’s lyrical message: It’s lonely when your other half is away for months (presumably on tour). The emotions of missing someone are realistic and straightforward—“Talk all day, it's not the same as to feel you”—and we believe them when they say, “I’ll be down to wait around forever.”

The middle of the record marks a slight detour from this romantic unity, featuring Hollingsworth and Taylor individually. Left to her own devices, Taylor sings about a cheating man in “Please Don’t Let Me Go,” a track slow in tempo and heavy with violins: “He knew it wasn’t right/When he didn’t come home last night.” Hollingsworth takes his solo turn on the next track, “Against the River,” with a piano-heavy blues romp. The songs are not unsuccessful, incongruous as they are with the rest of the album.

Lest these disparate tracks betray unrest in the (confusingly named) Taylor/Taylor household, “On My Way” brings the duo back together, carving a sweet passage through the remaining ditties and jams. Much of the album recalls the collaborative work of John Prine and Iris deMent, and the couple will do well to remember: Complement, don’t compete.

Our favorite lyric: “I love you in your breakfast sweater/I hear you speak in all your letters” from “Another Planet.”

—AGE - Oxford American


"Dead Fingers Album Review"

Froggy-voiced boy meets caramel-voiced girl; their slice-of-life country feels like an Eggleston exhibit - SPIN


"DEAD FINGERS AND THROBBING HEARTS"

TThere’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.

Dead Fingers are real-life married couple Taylor Hollingsworth and Kate Taylor and their self-titled debut drops Tuesday (Feb. 28th) on Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum Records. The album is a mutually constructed love letter to each other… it’s certainly badass, but sentiments of sugar and spice do regularly make their way to the forefront (Imagine if the New York Dolls made an acoustic Americana record.)

Although this is Hollingsworth and Taylor’s first joint effort under the Dead Fingers moniker, you’re likely familiar with at least one of them from previous projects. Taylor Hollingsworth has a handful of solo records, along with the credit of guitar-slinger for Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band. And Kate Taylor has regularly been found backing Maria Taylor on keys, drums, and bass. - Philthy Magazine


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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 boasts the release of the new 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.

The release is set for July 15, 2014 via PIPEANDGUN and Communicating Vessels and will be available on vinyl (includes digital download of 320 kbps), cd, and digitally.

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