Denver psychedelic rockers Dragondeer will be drenching The Lariat in their soulful blues starting at 9:30 pm. this Friday, September 27. Tickets are $15 and can be bought in advance online or in person at The Lariat.
Having shared the stage with famous acts such as Shakey Graves, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Sonny Landreth, Drive By Truckers, and Hot Buttered Rum, Dragondeer has developed a unique brand of modern blues unmatched in the contemporary music scene.
Mixing traditional blues styles with inspired improvisation, Dragondeer is a beautifully raw blend of indie rock, contemporary blues, and pop. Lead vocalist, guitarist, and harmonica player Eric Halborg’s voice seamlessly strides through multiples musical styles, even crooning at times.
On June 11, 2019, record label Color Red released an ambitious digital 45 with two seminal tracks exemplifying Dragondeer’s expanding sound. “Mirage a Trois” and “Max Patch” have the band exploring new musical space with the help of guitarist Jordan Lint (Analog Son) and percussionist Jeff Franca (Thievery Corporation).
“Mirage a Trois” captures “late-night downtempo disco flavors” while exploring a message of inner struggles with the ego. Inspired by a moonshine-fueled jam session high in the Appalachian Mountains, “Max Patch” is easy-going mountain funk that will have you leaning back in your chair.
Halborg explained on Dragondeer’s official website that the decision to partner with Color Red was essential for allowing the band to explore new sounds and styles.
“Dragondeer has been naturally adding shades of old school funk to the swampy blues and soul that’s been our forte. Going into the Color Red sessions, we consciously allowed ourselves to go into new sonic territories. The tracks were inspired by the classic sounds of Stax Records and The Meters catalog, coupled with the indie dance floor sensibilities of Gorillaz and Portugal The Man. The Color Red studio provided the perfect space and vibe to explore and be creative musically”.
Dragondeer’s thick Delta blues mixed with indie psychedelic rock elevates contemporary blues to a level previously unexplored. Refined, raw, and open-minded, Dragondeer is one of the hottest blues bands tearing up the modern musical scene.