Tennessee Stiffs (from the album Thirty Pieces available on BNC)
Names can be deceiving. Austin, Texas-based Tennessee Stiffs are not from The Volunteer State nor is the sound of their music anywhere near rigid. The soundtrack backing Thirty Pieces, the recent release form Tennessee Stiffs, is a fluid blend of rhythms flowing like mercury through touches of Rock’n’Roll, Country, Blues, Folk, and Americana. Channeling the diverse sounds under a self-proclaimed genre of Death Folk, Tennessee Stiffs ramble through dark honky tonk Country tales (“Broken Down and Blue”), drift like fog over a wandering swamp blues (“The Boogeyman”), scratch out some front porch Folk (“Maggie’s Song”), and set the rhythm to rumble under haunted Rock beats (“Undercurrent”).
Formed in 2011 by piecing together a wide array of influences, musicians turned married couple, Ethan Lee and Cara B, had one goal in mind for Tennessee Stiffs, to create something that colors outside of the borders. Tennessee Stiffs begins with opening track “Backwater Lullaby” pounding out a count into Thirty Pieces. The beat slinks and slithers across “Come Along Easy” as Tennessee Stiffs introduce “Cocaine Lover” while the piano marks time and Thirty Pieces hammers beats like the nails they punch into the title track story line.
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