The duo — comprised of Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke — began making music together in 2010, while roommates studying at the University of Texas at Austin. In the years since, they have independently released two albums and one extended play record before teaming up with John Paul White of the group Civil Wars, and Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes to produce Let A Lover Drown You in 2016.
The album was met with critical acclaim and from a wide variety of outlets including NPR Music, Noisey, American Songwriter, and BaebleMusic.com. The duo released a new album, Wendigo, on Sept. 1, followed by a nation-wide tour that will bring them to Moab early next month.
Their debut album, Tenboom, was released in 2013, followed by Struggle Pretty in 2014, and on the strength of those two releases, they were offered a record deal with Single Lock Records. As part of that commitment, they ended up buying a house in Muscle Shoals, Ala., and moved both their families there. Their wives are now their tour managers.
Characterizing their music, Jahnke said, “I feel like we’re in a time period of things being really flashy and produced so it’s cool to show up on a stage and play very quiet guitar and have people actually listen. It gives me a little bit of faith that music hasn’t turned into a caricature of itself … gives me a little hope that everything doesn’t have to be about shock and awe.”
Regarding their work, Baxter said he believes, “There’s no substitute for showing up and working your ass off, and that’s one thing that we try to do in all aspects of our life. We feel we have grown as writers, musicians, husbands, friends and just humans over the past few years. Here’s to hoping that folks who listen to us feel the same and sense that growth.”
For more information on the artists playing the festival, go to www.moabfolkfestival.com.