KUTX Artist of the Month
It’s a new month, which means it’s time for a new Artist Of the Month here at KUTX, and this month it’s The Deer, who are about to release their new album, On The Essence of the Indomitable Spirit. The title might be a mouthful, but the album is full of smart, concise pop/folk/rock that goes down easy – surprising for an album born from tragedy.
After her former band the Blue Hit disbanded, singer/songwriter Grace Park got together with three fellow students at Texas State’s School of Music (joined later by another from North Texas University) to record an album of her songs titled An Argument for Observation, released in 2011. They called themselves Grace Park & The Deer, and joining them on background vocals in the studio and on tour was Grace’s longtime friend Stephanie Bledsoe. Being together on the road bonded them like never before, so they were all grief-stricken when Stephanie lost her life to a farm accident in 2013. She was just 27.
Stunned, and not knowing where else to turn, they found new comfort in playing music, and composing and arranging more collectively. The end result was such a different animal that they gave it a new name; The Deer was born. While haunted by the loss of their friend, the band’s exact musicianship, Grace’s rich voice, their meticulous arrangements and a hopeful spirit also buoy Spirit’s sessions. Grace calls it the most “personally-invested project we’ve ever taken on”.
You can catch The Deer live on KUTX (and in person by signing up here to be the audience) in a special nighttime Studio 1A appearance on Wednesday 12/10, and archived on kutx.org after it takes place. Grace will also take over the airwaves on My KUTX, Saturday 12/20 at 6pm.
Check back here throughout the month of December for new features on The Deer and their new album On the Essence of Indomitable Spirit
Wednesday 12/3 Song of the Day “Farther”
“Farther” is a subtle, calming track from The Deer’s upcoming EP. The folk group’s sonics ebb and flow smoothly here, and it essential for any winter night.