Reviewed by Margaret Moser, Fri., Sept. 17, 2010
DeadmanLive at the Saxon Pub
The band name belongs on a metal outfit, but local sextet Deadman bursts with life, resurrected from its previous incarnation in Dallas. Frontman Steven Collins' facility with songwriting skews the band's harmonious sound more toward rock than roots ("Absalom! Absalom!," "Don't Do This to Me"), yet "The Ballad of the Gold Thief" and "Adios Mi Corazon" flavor Live at the Saxon Pub with spaghetti western and south-of-the-border stylings. "If I Lay Down in the River" rises to the occasion with winding grace.