Daily Discovery: Dead Winter Carpenters, “Long Arm of the Law”


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Hailing from the shores of North Lake Tahoe, CA, Dead Winter Carpenters is a rollicking, high-energy, alt-country-roots-infused outfit that represents everything the American west stands for. Dead Winter Carpenters are currently on tour. Click HERE to see if they are playing in a city near you.

ARTIST: Dead Winter Carpenters

SONG:  Long Arm of the Law

BIRTHDATE:  Spring 2010

HOMETOWN:  North Lake Tahoe, CA


AMBITIONS: To die and come back as a leotard.

TURN-OFFS: Bus maintenance, getting pulled over for having California plates

TURN-ONS: People singing along to our original tunes, air conditioning, thrift stores

DREAM GIG: Touring internationally, playing Glastonbury

FAVORITE LYRIC: “They call me king turd up here on Shit Mountain, if you want it you can have the crown.”  -Sturgill Simpson

CRAZIEST PERSON I KNOW: A tie between Brad Wagner and Pete Charles

SONG I WISH I WROTE: “Gentle on My Mind” by John Hartford

5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH:  Mitch Hedberg, Dolly Parton, Jim Henson, Notorious BIG, Sanka Coffee

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead in Highgate, VT

I WROTE THIS SONG: This song was inspired by getting pulled over in Reno on the way to our first gig of tour a couple years back.  It is loosely based on the trials and tribulations that arise being on the road full time, and trying to find balance and make ends meet back home.


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