Transcendental folk band The Deer marry moody Southern Gothic with tranquil, vivid dream-pop. They are borne of Austin's densely imaginative atmosphere. Members include frontwoman Grace Rowland Park (The Blue Hit), upright bassist Jesse Otis Dalton (MilkDrive), guitarist Michael McLeod (Good Field, Linklater film composer), drummer Alan Eckert, and string player Noah Jeffries (MilkDrive, South Austin Jug Band). Frequent collaborator Roger Sellers (Bayonne) adds some of his touch to their songwriting and production.
The Deer won the 2018 Austin Music Award for Best Performing Folk Band, and were recipients of a major grant from Black Fret in December 2017. They made Austin Music Awards’ Top 10 Best Performing Folk Bands for the past 3 years, and their cover art made Austin Music Industry Awards’ Top 5 Best Album Art twice. They've played festivals like Kerrville Folk, Old Settler’s, Utopiafest, Winter WonderGrass, Oregon Country Fair, SXSW, and co-billed with Elephant Revival, Big Thief, Wild Child. They are currently touring nationally and recording their 4th album.
An acoustic band born in the land of tech innovation, Front Country was unlikely to be accepted as an authentic American roots band out of the gate. Cutting their teeth in progressive bluegrass jams in San Francisco’s Mission District and rehearsing across the bay in Oakland, they fashioned their own take on roots music and Indie Folk, with the tools they had on hand. A mandolinist with a degree in composition and classical guitar. A guitarist trained in rock and world music. A bassist equally versed in jazz and newgrass. A violinist with technique that could seamlessly hop between honky tonk and electropop. And a female lead singer with grit and soul that was also a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. In a wood-paneled country dive bar in the shadow of the San Francisco skyline, Front Country forged a sound hell bent on merging the musical past with the future. The result lies somewhere between Indie Folk and Americana, in a nether-region they've come to embrace as their own.