SONG PREMIERE: Dead Winter Carpenters Pay Tribute To The Journeyman With “Midnight Ghost”

Dead Winter Carpenters are forging their own path with their progressive take on alt-country and Americana music. The quintet hails from the mountain town of Lake Tahoe, CA and their ability to conjure up a down-home, feel-good vibe that warms you like a shot of bourbon shines on their new release Washoe, coming out on February 26th. There’s a rambler’s edge to the songs on the album, contrasting with rich, soulful harmonies and the jubilant fiddle playing of Jenni Charles that upon first listen will immediately have you moving. This is a group that has carefully handpicked their influences – ranging from bluegrass to country to psychedelic and rockabilly – and channeled them without losing a shred of authenticity.

The genre-crossing, good-time-having talents of the Dead Winter Carpenters are on full throttle in the very first song off Washoe, “Midnight Ghost”, which we are excited to premiere right here on Glide Magazine! 

The song has a Creedence Clearwater Revival guitar sound with hints of outlaw country and the Grateful Dead that is only given more power with the hard-driving, chug-a-lug twang of a steel guitar and drums. It is a loose, fun tune about hopping trains, and one that seems to pay proper homage to the group’s passion for crafting a country sound that is truly cosmic.

Talking about the story behind the song, the band says, “‘Midnight Ghost’ was the nickname of a freight train that ran the California coast from Los Angeles to San Francisco back in the 1950’s. Jack Kerouac alludes to it in his seminal novel The Dharma Bums.  This song is a sketch of a freight hopping journeyman’s fantastic voyage, where he wakes up and comes of age in San Francisco.”

Give a listen to our exclusive premiere of the Dead Winter Carpenters’ new song “Midnight Ghost”:

Dead Winter Carpenters release Washoe on February 26. Check out tour dates below and for more info visit

2016 Tour Dates:
Sat., Feb. 27 — Crystal Bay Club Hometown CD Release Show, Crystal Bay, Nev. *
Wed., March 2 — Volcanic Theatre Pub, Bend, Ore. *
Thurs., March 3 — Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, Ore. *
Fri., March 4 — Rhythm & Rye, Olympia, Wash. *
Thurs., March 17 — Cervantes’ Other Side (St. Paddy’s Day), Denver, Colo. *
Fri., March 18 — Hodi’s Half Note, Fort Collins, Colo. *
Sat., March 19 — Vail Ale House, Vail, Colo. *
Thurs., April 21 — Winstons, San Diego, Calif.
Fri., April 22 — Kohoutek Music Festival, Pitzer College, Claremont, Calif.
Sat., April 23 & 24 — Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, Santa Clarita, Calif.
Fri., April 29 — Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, Calif. (with Sam Chase)
Fri., June 9 — Blue Ox Music Festival, Eau Claire, Wis.
Sat., July 16 — California World Music Festival, Grass Valley, Calif.
Sun., July 17 — California World Music Festival, Grass Valley, Calif.
Sun., July 24 — Jerry Jam, Bath, N.H.
Thurs., July 28 — FloydFest, Floyd, Va.
Fri., Jul 29 — FloydFest, Floyd, Va.
Fri. Aug. 5-7 — Salmonfest, Ninilchik, Ala.
*Dates include special guests, Gipsy Moon

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