Denver

We recently featured a new track from Denver, the Portland alt-country group featuring members of Blitzen Trapper. Their bio is simple and drops reference to country supergroup, The Highwaymen, whose debut album was my favorite as a youngster.

This “Ramshackle All-Star Country Band” fashions itself a sort of modern-day Highwaymen. Denver’s co-founders and chief songwriters Tom Bevitori, Mike Elias and Birger Olsen exchange lead vocals, drunkenly swaying between dusty saloons and that lonesome country air. The band has since filled out its line-up with a supporting cast, which includes Blitzen Trapper’s Eric Earley and Michael Van Pelt, drummer Sean MacNeil, and a rotating crew of Portland’s finest.

I’ve been spending lots of weekends at Lake of the Ozarks this summer and it’s been fun finding new music that fits the scene – either cruising in a boat, floating on a raft, sitting on the porch or on the dock with a fishing pole, all with a cold beer in hand. Along with The Wooden Sky’s new album, Denver is getting the most play lakeside.

Their debut album will be released on August 14th via Mama Bird Recording Co and we’re pumped to premiere their second single, “Reno.” Get your twang on.

Denver – Reno

Previously posted:

Denver – The Way It Is

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Blitzen Trapper has quietly formed a side project called Denver with the help of band members form Alela Diane’s Wild Divine and others. If you’re like me, much of the Blitzen Trapper appeal lies in the alt-country numbers – like most of the work found in their best album, Furr.

Denver promises to deliver more of that outlaw country/Americana sound. It’s due out on August 14th, but you can hear an appetizer below.

Denver – The Way It Is

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