The music of Deer Tick fits loosely into the alternative/country category, but lead singer John McCauley’s rough, raw, and ragged vocals bring a wealth of rock and grunge influences to the band’s sound. Following the 2007 release of their first CD, War Elephant, Deer Tick began earning comparisons to bands such as Felice Brothers and Langhorne Slim. Their two follow-up albums, Born on Flag Day and The Black Dirt Sessions both helped to secure the band’s unique mark on the face of music with their trademark sound. The band’s fourth release, Divine Providence changes directions and features rowdy and raucous songs that draw inspiration from the raw power of the Stones and the Stooges.
Jonny Corndawg is a country singer, not a singer-songwriter. Born in Montana, raised in rural Virginia, Corndawg has been touring on his motorcycle since he dropped out of school in 2001. He’s played shows in every U.S. state, Canada and in Europe, but you won’t find him on CMT. His music is more in the vein of that obscure ‘70s country that housewives would discover on a Bear Family reissue in twenty years. In addition to pursuing the lost art of the Real Deal, Corndawg is an airbrushing, leather-working, marathon-running, truck-driving American. Audiences rest assured; Nashville Scene says “this guy knows exactly what he’s doing.” (Summerstage)