The Deer and Front Country

Sam's Burger Joint Presents:

The Deer and Front Country

Wed, April 18, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$13.00 - $45.00

This event is 18 and over

NO Seating GUARANTEED. Any Seating Available is on a First Come, First Served Basis. NO REFUNDS all sales final. 

All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. - $13 Advance/ $16 Day of Show/ $45 Reserved Booth


The Deer
The Deer
With the sort of ingenuity you might expect to come out of Austin, TX, The Deer encompasses the innovation of the modern indie-folk revival and the cross-pollination of Austin’s diverse music scene. Described as transcendental Texas folk and stargaze surf-western, The Deer creates psychotropic soundscapes and tranquil, vivid dream-pop.

In 2016’s release, Tempest & Rapture, The Deer marry their brand of moody Americana with rapturous psychedelia, like two wings of one soaring bird. What began as the solo recording project of singer/songwriter Grace Park (The Blue Hit), The Deer formed its core membership in 2012 after the release of An Argument for Observation under the band name Grace Park & The Deer. For their second album, On the Essence of the Indomitable Spirit (2015), their name was shortened to The Deer to represent the cohesive collaboration between all of the artists in the band, and because the group especially identified with deer as a symbol of protective guidance. Their music is like a beacon in the dark wilderness: shining of pure melodies, vivid images, and strong musicianship in a world of vapid ditties. The Deer moves fluidly between genres, eliciting emotion as varied and surprising as Tempest & Rapture implies. The Deer have played Austin’s historic Moody Theater and the Legendary Stubb’s, as well as festivals like Kerrville Folk Festival, Old Settler’s Music Festival, Utopiafest, and Oregon Country Fair. Members have shared the stage with Alejandro Escovedo, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, and Dana Falconberry. Their co-bill roster includes Elephant Revival, Trout Steak Revival, Hot Buttered Rum, Jeff Austin, and more. They are currently writing music for their upcoming fourth album to be released in the late spring of 2017.
Front Country
Front Country
An acoustic band born in the land of tech innovation, Front Country was never going to be accepted as an authentic American roots band out of the gate. Cutting their teeth in progressive bluegrass jams in San Francisco's Mission District and rehearsing in the East Bay, they learned to play roots music their own way, with the tools they had on hand. A mandolinist with a degree in composition and classical guitar. A guitarist trained in rock and world music. A bassist equally versed in jazz and bluegrass. A violinist with technique that could seamlessly hop between honky tonk and electropop. A female lead singer with grit and soul that was also a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. In a wood-paneled country dive bar in the shadow of the San Francisco skyline, Front Country forged a sound hell bent on merging the musical past with the future. “In the bluegrass world, musicians tend to define themselves by their tradition and discipline. But Front Country is defined by its no-rules approach.” - NPR Music

“Lead singer and songwriter for progressive bluegrass band Front Country, Melody Walker is an outspoken force.” - Paste “Other Love Songs is Front Country’s Roots Pop opus, and promises to be the band’s most intensely creative and original project to date. The songs are emotional in nature and examine love with a self-aware twist. “ - Live for Live Music “Fans of modern acoustic music will find much to enjoy in their more experimental approach within the traditional bluegrass quintet.” - Bluegrass Today “punchy bluegrass-tinged pop” - Live for Live Music “With Influences ranging from Bluegrass to Classic Rock to Modern Country, Front Country refuses to conform to the genre standards” IBMA “One of the best up-and-coming progressive and forward-thinking bluegrass bands on the rise is Front Country” Arizona Daily Sun “ There are several young bands on the Americana scene today who are pushing the progressive boundaries of bluegrass style while keeping their roots in the traditional sounds they’ve harvested from around the country. Front Country is one of the best at that, and Other Love Songs makes the case for why they don’t have many equals.” - Twangville “irresistibly listenable and relatable.” - The Boot “Front Country and its principals never attempted to fit into a tidy box neatly labeled ‘bluegrass.’ “ - The Lonesome Road Review This quintet has been called “passionately intoxicating” and “orchestral,” and Melody’s bluesy vocals have been described as “rafter-shaking.” Yes Weekly “The album is about as forward-thinking as acoustic music gets” Nashville Scene “They aren't 100% sure what they're making - they're just focusing on making good, unique music that they want to make. Not everything has to be a cookie-cutter genre-filler” Sonically Awkward “What Front Country has shown with “Other Love Songs” is that it is willing to look at traditional instruments and approach them from a whole new perspective for a whole new sound” Tahoe On Stage UK REVIEWS “Soulful, gritty and determined, Melody Walker lives up to her name with some of her finest songs to date.” Northern Sky Magazine UK “To say the playing is virtuosic is an understatement! Given that their command of the instruments they play is so exceptional that it's difficult to visualize anything in roots music that this band couldn't master”American Roots UK “Action packed Roots Pop from California” Maverick Magazine UK “Front Country continue to defy the constraints that oft define bluegrass or string band music on Other Love Songs” Folk Radio UK “Front Country's dynamic instrumental textures take flight with grace and gravitas while rooted in relentlessly soulful vocals” Proper Music UK
Venue Information:
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215