Live Music Fans,
Here comes the sweet days of Spring and touring musicians are coming out of their hibernation homes and heading out on their migratory trails across the country. That’s one very good reason why this is my favorite time of the year.
I’m back on my biking and booking saddles so check out the next Upcoming Shows email for about 30 cool acts heading out way in the coming months. This weekend alone, we have some very talented players coming to visit from Austin, California and Paonia.
The least we can do is to come out of our caves and give them some love while they give us some wonderful live music. A fair trade, right?
See you at the shows!!
“Gabrielle Louise is a nationally touring troubadour noted for her poignant lyrics and lush voice. The daughter of two vagabond musicians, Gabrielle inherited the predisposition to wanderlust and song.
Gabrielle Louise’s music is anchored deeply in folk and Americana, but undeniably drawn to rich harmonies and melodic adventurism. Her sound has the earthy feel of early Joni Mitchell while also veering into the spirited and versatile delivery of fellow genre-hopping artist Eva Cassidy. Unafraid to take a musical escapade in the name of inspiration, Gabrielle is at one moment folkie and ethereal, the next a smoky jazz chanteuse.
Known for her authenticity and candor on stage, Gabrielle’s performances are notably present and sincere, a professional presentation of her private creative world. Her story-telling and banter envelopes and enchants, gently enticing her listener to release their grip on the status quo. Perhaps because of this quality, Louise has been entrusted to share the stage with greats such as Richie Havens, Tom Paxton, Joan Osborne, Eliza Gilkyson, and Guy Clark.
A poet, painter, prose writer and orator, Gabrielle has also presented a talk on autobiographical expression at TEDx, an independently organized TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) event. Her talk, “The Breath of Experience,” stresses the importance of making time to both “inhale” what others tell us about the world and mindfully “exhale” our own creative impressions of those stories.
In the original songwriting realm, Louise has released a handful of records, the most recent of which were Mirror the Branches (2010), The Bird in My Chest (2014), and If the Static Clears (2016).”
“One of the finest songwriters of her generation”
David McGee, Deep Roots Magazine
“deliciously literate and thought-provoking (thus sexy) Americana”
“Brandon Decker aka “decker.” (born May 11, 1980) is an American singer-songwriter based out of Sedona, AZ. He performs and releases albums under the moniker decker. Decker has released 7 albums while consistently touring substantially across the United States. While performing tour stops at traditional music venues, decker. gained notoriety for almost daily impromptu street performances he and his band gave during the course of a 99-show tour for his 2010 release, Long as the Night.
Decker is known for his desert-influenced stylings, semi-autobiographical and emotionally driven songwriting, as well as the use of Biblical themes, although he professes to be an agnostic. He is also known for his unique voice which has been compared to Jack White and Shannon Hoon. Arizona music blog Yab Yum Music and Arts awarded him both 2011 Arizona Songwriter of the Year and 2012 Arizona Album of the Year (Slider) decker. is signed to Brooklyn-based label Royal Potato Family.
Decker’s music is often considered singer songwriter, alt-country and indie folk, although his more recent material has been said to include elements of psychedelic rock.
From his musical beginnings, “decker.” has been the recording and performing name for the music of Brandon Decker. In 2009 Decker recorded, largely out of his home, his first album, Long Days, released on his own now defunct independent Arizona label Mescal Porch Records. He immediately followed the release with a 7-week tour of the west coast. Critics praised the album as a powerful tale of redemption rife with poignant lyrics while also retaining a simplistic, approachable catchiness.
Upon returning from the tour Decker immediately began work on his second album, Long as the Night. With the goal of a larger sound, Decker entered a Sedona studio and assembled 12 musicians to make the album. Upon releasing the 8-song album, decker. set out on a five-month, 99-show U.S. tour with the accompaniment of mandolin, trumpet, accordion, and psychedelic atmospheric guitars. The album was praised for its dramatic and emotionally enveloping subject matter. In addition to the scheduled performances, and in order to help offset some of the costs of touring, the band quite frequently took to the streets to perform and would amass large followings of onlookers.
After the extensive tour for Long as the Night, Decker went in studio again to record an EP Broken Belts, Broken Bones; an album he has said came directly from the experiences of the long tour and preparing for fatherhood. The album was released October 7, 2011.
In August 2012 the band suffered a near fatal roll-over accident with then-singer Kelly Cole ejecting from the vehicle and suffering severe injuries. The band recovered and released the album Slider in March 2013. The album was well-received and supported by extensive US touring.
In the summer of 2014 decker. assembled a large cast of musicians in Tucson, AZ to record the album Patsy. The album was recorded at WaveLab Recording Studios, known for recording artists Calexico, Neko Case, Iron & Wine, Amos Lee and more. Released in February 2016, the album received positive national reviews and radio airplay.
Patsy was followed up in September 2016 with the psychedelic blues rock album Snake River Blues, the band’s 6th studio recording. The album was released with a month-long residency at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall and was accompanied by a documentary of same name. The film was made by documentary filmmaker Matty Steinkamp. Decker subsequently signed with Brooklyn-based indie label Royal Potato Family and released a 7th album, Born to Wake Up in September 2018. Decker presently resides in Sonoma, CA.”
SUNDAY NIGHT – MAY 26TH – THE DEER FROM AUSTIN – 8PM – www.thedeer.com
We have enjoyed this fantastic, award winning band from Austin a number of times in the shop and they have always put on great live shows. This year, they have been booked for the Friday Night slot at Mtn. Fair so this is an early chance to become a fan. Very cool original songs that sound great in the little room. Just what I look for in a band.
ABOUT THE DEER
“Described as transcendental Texas folk, Cosmic Americana, and stargaze surf-western, The Deer weave psychotropic soundscapes and tranquil, vivid dream-pop. From Austin, they are borne of a densely creative atmosphere, and stand out with their versatile and accessible sound. Members include frontwoman Grace Rowland Park (The Blue Hit), upright bassist Jesse Dalton (MilkDrive, Green Mountain Grass), guitarist Michael McLeod (Good Field, Linklater film composer), drummer Alan Eckert (Dimitri’s Ascent, A Live One), and their newest member, string player Noah Jeffries (MilkDrive, South Austin Jug Band). Frequent collaborator Roger Sellers (Bayonne) also adds some of his touch to their songwriting and production.
What began as the solo recording project of singer/songwriter Grace Rowland Park, the group formed its core membership in 2012 under the band name Grace Park & The Deer, and released “An Argument for Observation.” The songs have a dark, folky feel; eerily lilting melodies with unexpected subjects like stalking, mysterious neighbors, and violent clashes. Through the recording process they found a spark lit by natural chemistry, on and off the stage, and they began performing and touring together with alternating guests – some of whom ended up becoming permanent members. Grace’s screen-printed cover art would later be a finalist for Austin Music Industry Awards’ Best Album Art for 2014.
In 2013 they suffered the devastating loss of dear friend and band member Stephanie Bledsoe to an accident on her farm. The group rallied under the name The Deer, and collaborated on songs dedicated to her memory for their second release, “On the Essence of the Indomitable Spirit” (2015). Dark with a tinge of hope, it features special guests Dennis Ludiker (Asleep at the Wheel), Roger Sellers (Bayonne), Trevor Smith (Wood & Wire), Karl Kummerle, and Noah Jeffries (MilkDrive). With a maturing sound, The Deer were runners-up for the Austin Music Awards’ Best Performing Folk Band that year, and began touring more frequently.
Their 2016 album “Tempest & Rapture” marries their brand of moody Southern Gothic with symphonic psychedelia. It’s split into two stylistic realms: the first side is rooted in muddy folk and surf-country, and the other side wanders far out in a dream-pop and psych-rock wilderness – all with their distinctly curious and incantational poetic content printed within. It’s their largest album, boasting 17 tracks on gorgeous 180-gm bottle-green vinyl; a double LP to house its gigantic sound. It saw the return of guest collaborator Roger Sellers, and guest string players Dennis Ludiker and Noah Jeffries (who would soon become a full-on Deer). The jacket design by Grace Rowland Park features her cut-paper artwork, and ranked among Austin Music Industry Awards’ Top 5 Best Album Art category last year. The Deer were also runners-up a second time for the Austin Music Awards’ Best Folk Band.
The group won an Austin Music Award for Best Performing Folk Band and were Runners=Up for Best Austin Band in 2018. They were also recent recipients of a major grant from Austin music patron organization Black Fret, and are currently nominated for an Austin Music Award for Best Folk Band. They have played their hometown Austin’s Moody Theater and the Legendary Stubb’s, as well as The Boulder Theater, The Fox Theatre (Boulder), and The Rex Theater (Pittsburgh). They’ve played Kerrville Folk Festival, Old Settler’s, Utopiafest, WinterWonderGrass, Oregon Country Fair, Campout for the Cause, Americanafest, SXSW, Northwest String Summit, and more. They have co-billed with Elephant Revival, Big Thief, Bayonne, Fruition, Wild Child, and Calliope Musicals. The Deer are currently recording a new album, while simultaneously touring across the universe; check their tour dates for a town near you.
ABOUT THE DEER
Grace Rowland Park – VOCALS, GUITAR, & KEYS
Grace grew up in the Texas Hill Country. A classically-trained vocalist, Grace began writing songs in 2007 and fronted The Blue Hit. Grace has sung with Alejandro Escovedo, Elephant Revival, MilkDrive, and Abram Shook. She is also an avid artist working in cut paper, graphic design,
Jesse Dalton – UPRIGHT BASS, BANJO, GUITAR, VOCALS:
Jesse is originally from San Diego, California. He holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology and a doctorate in divinity. He also plays upright bass with MilkDrive, The Billy Bright Quartet, and Roger Sellers Acoustiquintet. He has shared the stage with great performers like Peter Rowan, Tim O’Brien, & Tony Rice. He is an avid songwriter and has worked closely with the Apalachicola-Creek Indians for a decade. Photo by Peri Kay of Lightbug Photography
Michael McLeod – LEAD GUITAR AND PRODUCER:
A native Austinite, Michael has his degree in guitar performance and is a gifted composer and sound engineer. He has created music for Richard Linklater films and he plays bass in indie rock band Good Field. He has also played with Dana Falconberry and is part founder of the group Hendrikz McLeod.
Alan Eckert – DRUMS, KEYS, & VOCALS:
Originally from Virginia, Alan attended the University of North Texas Jazz Program in Denton, Texas. A talented multi-instrumentalist, he plays piano and guitar as well as drums and vocals. He has played professionally for several years with many groups including Dimitri’s Ascent, A Live One, and Jack Wilson. Photo by Lucero Trevino
Noah Jeffries – FIDDLE, MANDOLIN, & GUITAR:
Hailing from Idaho, Noah is an expert string player – he plays mandolin, fiddle, guitar, bass, and banjo. He is The Deer’s newest member, and his past projects include Jason Boland & the Stragglers, The South Austin Jug Band, and MilkDrive. Photo by Michael Schaffer.
So, there are two excellent reasons to leave the couch for a couple of hours this weekend. I’m willing to bet that you won’t be sorry. Give it a try!
Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon