× The Deslondes release debut album, tour Europe this fall

The Deslondes release debut album, tour Europe this fall


Hailed by NPR as “deft assemblers of a sound that traverses decades and styles with humble grace,” New Orleans band The Deslondes mine from the rich history of American music to craft their compelling and wholly unique eponymous debut album, due June 9 on New West Records. Co-produced by the band and in-demand producer Andrija Tokic (Benjamin Booker, Alabama Shakes) at his Nashville studio, the songs are influenced by classic soul, rock & roll, R&B, folk, roots, country, swamp-boogie, honky-tonk and pre-war music and introduce a collective of gifted singer-songwriters with a deep love for the past and a palpable passion for the present. “They manage to resurrect a lost sound", exclaimed Rolling Stone in their “20 Reasons To Love This Year” preview, adding, “Stax and Sun records are distinct touch points, as are upright-bass-driven melodies, while giving it a modern, vibrant swing, building on the foundations of old-time traditions without sounding like they’re stepping out of a time machine. The Deslondes will make their way to Europe this fall; really happy to announce the first batch of tourdates TODAY. See the bottom of this message for all announced dates.

Ahead of the release, the band – named after the street in the Holy Cross neighborhood of the Crescent City where they first came together – have premiered two songs of their debut. “Fought The Blues And Won” was revealed on NOLA and “Yum Yum” (Joe Tex cover) was dropped on The Bluegrass Situation. The Deslondes endeavor to carry on the traveling troubadour tradition of their heroes Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley and John Prine. Comprised of the five songwriters – Sam Doores (vocals/guitar), Riley Downing (vocals/guitar), Dan Cutler (vocals/bass), John James Tourville (vocals/pedal steel/fiddle) and Cameron Snyder (vocals/percussion), each musician contributes writing and arrangements, with different members taking the lead at different times. The band’s musical production and vocal arrangements are inspired by the rhythmic, high energy, and harmony-driven sounds of their other heroes, The Band and Allen Toussaint.

The Deslondes grew out of The Tumbleweeds, a project that Doores, Downing and Cutler began in 2010. Doores and Cutler were also core members of Hurray for the Riff Raff and performed on last year’s breakout album, Small Town Heroes, before leaving the band to focus on The Deslondes. Like the traveling troubadours they fashion themselves after, they have toured the country extensively and have supported the Alabama Shakes, Old Crow Medicine Show, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Lumineers, John Fullbright, Michael Kiwanuka and Spirit Family Reunion.

2015.08.29 Hummelo (NL) @ Manana Manana
2015.08.30 Hummelo (NL) @ Manana Manana
2015.08.30 Hoorn (NL) @ Het Huis Verloren
2015.08.31 London (UK) @ The Islington
2015.09.02 Manchester (UK) @ Gullivers
2015.09.03 York (UK) @ The Fulford Arms
2015.09.06 Amsterdam (NL) @ Sugar Mountain Festival at Paradiso
2015.09.07 Hamburg (DE) @ Knust
2015.09.11 Bern (CH) @ Cafe Kairo
2015.09.12 Basel (CH) @ Parterre AG
2015.09.14 Barcelona (ESP) @ Sala Rocksound
2015.09.15 Valencia (ESP) @ Loco Club
2015.09.16 Madrid (ESP) @ Boite Live
2015.09.17 Donostia (ESP) @ Dabadaba
2015.09.19 Eeklo (BE) @ N9
2015.09.20 Oostende (BE) @ Leffingeleuren
2015.09.23 Malmo (SWE) @ Folk a Rock
2015.09.24 Oslo (NO) @ Crossroads Club
2015.09.25 Stockholm (SWE) @ Geronimos FGT
2015.09.26 Avesta (SWE) @ Kulturgaraget
2015.09.27 Gotenburg (SWE) @ Pustverik

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