Kate Taylor and Taylor Hollingsworth have joined hand in hand and formed a band. Ladies and Gentlemen, Dead Fingers might just be what you’ve been waiting for! In a time when guy-girl duos are becoming quite popular, this one is not just some gimmick, however perfect the timing and package may be. You would almost think Kate was married to her manager, or a record label executive who has them acting like they were romantic just to sell tickets and albums. But in fact, this Alabama duo are recently married and the two just recorded their first self titled full length with Bruce Watson (RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Iggy and the Stooges, AA Bondy), being released on Big Legal Mess/ Fat Possum Records on February 28, 2012. They are celebrating the release with a tour, the dates are below.
Watch Dead Fingers perform “Four Stone Coaches’ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWsWOCtBDLM&feature=related
You might know Taylor from previous solo albums or bands but most likely from Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band. He was the guitar player who wrote and sang “Snake Hill” and “Air Mattress” on the album Outer South. If you’ve seen Maria Taylor play then you have most likely seen Kate in her band either playing keys, drums, or bass, and most importantly, harmonizing the soft beautiful back ground melodies.
Dead Fingers is an album that honors the classic sounds of rock n’ roll, piano, ringing guitars, frame songs that have a distinctly southern sense of place. The songwriting is brilliant, from gentle love songs about missing each other on tour (“Another Planet”) to “4 Stone Coaches” which describes unspeakable loss. While some of the tunes have a spare, Americana vibe, but they’ll also throw down an ethereal, string-laden number like “Please Don’t Me Go” or the horn and piano backed “Against the River” which also sports a fiery distorted guitar lead. Kate and Taylor sing so beautifully together one would easily assume they’ve been performing together for years and years, but they actually started joining one another on stage in 2005 and began playing together around 2008 in what became Dead Fingers. While they write songs separately, they come together to collaborate musically when they are complete. “The name came from a children’s hand trick I showed Taylor one night, and it just stuck…just seemed cool,” Kate explained.
Dead Fingers On Tour
February 19- Smiths Olde Bar, Atlanta, GA w/Kinky Friedman
February 20- Good Stuff Grocery, Marshall, NC
February 21- Jack of the Wood, Asheville, NC
February 22 – Machiavellis, Bristol, TN
February 24- Union Hall, Brooklyn, NY
February 25- Team Love, New Paltz, NY
February 26- Lemon Grove, Youngstown, OH
February 28- Bear’s Place, Bloomington, IN
February 29- The Pilot Light, Knoxville, TN
March 2- Egan’s, Tuscaloosa, AL
March 3- Bottletree, Birmingham, AL CD RELEASE SHOW!!