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Austin, TX
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Portrait of Dertybird
Dertybird from Austin, Texas has been cultivating their mix of Muscle Shoals Soul and Hill Country/Swamp Blues into a new blend of Southern Vinyl Rock. With a self-titled EP and a few runs of merchandise, the band toured throughout the region before settling down in early 2009 to record Pure Analog at NestRecording. The release of this album provides a fresh starting point for the band, allowing them a stronger foothold to step forward on in the industry and in building their fan base.
Dertybird is Clayton Colvin and JT Holt. The two were brought together in 2006 through the mutual company of Malcolm "Papa Mali" Welbourne, for whom JT was playing bass, and Clayton was tour managing. Following some long touring the two got together and decided to form Dertybird, fusing Claytons soulful, honest, Muscle Shoals influence with JT's raw, gut bucket guitar riffs. After many tough nights on the road and getting a few good breaks by playing alongside and opening for more well known acts, the young group earned loyal fans and began to impress many folks with their tight arrangements and tasteful Southern Rock sound. Trademarked by solid gutsy vocals and searing slide guitar, Dertybird branded themselves a staple in markets throughout the Southern US. Their path thus far has not been without its difficulties and each roadblock they have successfully maneuvered along the way has made them stronger and more certain in their ultimate course. Although forcing them to be more malleable as a working band, they have never sacrificed their rigidity that holds the artistry and musicianship up first. After a rigorous 2006-2007 Deep South tour, the band realized their style and sound as a whole and began to conceptualize the record, Pure Analog.

The album was recorded to 2" tape and mixed live at NestRecording in South Austin. Dertybird wanted to make the record in a way that gave the listener an "in the room" experience, so the bass, drums and rhythm guitar, were cut live in one session. Additional guitars, lead and backup vocals, and keyboards were overdubbed in the next session. The album was mixed as a live performance with no automation back to 1/4" analog tape, and then mastered. The rhythm section on Pure Analog is Lee "Doodlebug" Brock on the bass, and Nick Summers on drums. The album comes across with honesty and integrity. Magic was captured, for real.

Throughout the past three years, Dertybird has taken their musical concept and formed it into a legitimate touring band that is influencing other musicians and groups locally and around the country. Up next for the band is another session in the studio, more highway miles, and bigger venues to showcase their music. Material wise, they are well on their way to completing another album that they expect to release in 2010; Moreover, they continue to grow and gain momentum musically all the while strengthening their team infrastructure. Dertybird is a genuine rock band with unique original songs and nothing but reverence for the music and musicians that have influenced them along the way. Their songs and sound are a true reflection of their genuine desire and effort taken to create art that is real and moving for both the listener and the band.