Artist of the Week: Deer Tick

Combining folk, blues, and country, Deer Tick surfaced in 2004 in Providence, Rhode Island. At this time, the alternative country band was still developing as a solo project of guitarist and singer-songwriter John McCauley.

McCauley remained the band’s only official member for the first three years of its existence until, in 2007, he was joined by bassist Christopher Dale Ryan and drummer Dennis Ryan. A year later Dear Tick was complimented by lead guitarist Andrew Grant Tobiassen ,though he left two years later, followed by guitarist Ian O’Neil in 2009. In the Spring of 2010, Rob B. Crowell joined the band on keyboards and saxophone.

The band released their debut studio album “War Elephant” in September 2007. The album was later re-released by Partisan Records in 2008. Later in 2008, after having recorded enough material to compose two albums in one marathon recording session, Deer Tick first released “Born on Flag Day.” Their second album to be released by Partisan Records, “Born on Flag Day” was named “Country-Rock break-through of the Year” by Rolling Stone.

The remainder of the band’s 2008 recording session was brought to Black Dirt Studios in Upstate New York, where it was edited into Deer Tick’s third album “The Black Dirt Sessions.”
At the time being, “Divine Province,” stands as the last album to be released as part of Deer Tick’s discography. This album has a louder sound, consisting of more punk-like sounds than its predecessors.

Deer Tick is currently on tour, and playing in Boston at Sinclair, tonight, January 31.

By Abigail Collins

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