Diamond Rugs is a collaboration between John McCauley (Deer Tick), Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick), Ian Saint Pé (The Black Lips), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate) and Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite).
The group began when McCauley and Dufresne met Saint Pé at a Black Lips show in Providence, RI. After a night of drinking beers together and discussing rock n roll, the three of them decided to start a band. A couple of weeks later, McCauley attended a Los Lobos show (one of his all-time favorite bands) where he made his way backstage and met Steve Berlin. Once Berlin heard about the band, he wanted in, and Diamond Rugs became official. Over the course of the next month, McCauley recruited Hardy Morris, who had opened for Deer Tick on tour, and Deer Tick’s Robbie Crowell to play bass on the album. From there, it all naturally fell into place. The self-titled debut, produced by Adam Landry and Justin Collins (Middle Brother, Deer Tick), features the unique elements of each musician, which together forms something both familiar and fresh.
The Diamond Rugs long player was in the spring of 2012. It was recorded in Nashville and produced by Adam Landry and Justin Collins (Middle Brother, Deer Tick).