In the world of music, each of these three seasoned songwriters are well established as standalone musicians. But, when they recently came together to record a collaborative album, the scale tipped.
Their debut album, And the Devil Went up to Portland, was recorded in Martie Maguire’s (Dixie Chicks) HEK studio in
Austin and is the first official release to come out of that studio. Bob Schneider, another established Austin musician, designed the album’s cool and eclectic artwork.
“This whole thing came together with us goofing off and playing on each other’s songs in a round-robin songwriting setting,” said Dezen jokingly. “One night we looked up simultaneously and said, ‘This is actually pretty cool!’ We put some
thinking behind the whole thing booked some studio time, and went to work. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to collaborate
with your friends, especially when they’re such uniquely talented people.”
This album is a class act on all fronts. Lyrically, there is nothing to compare it to. The instrumentation is superb and arrangements unusual and exclusive.
[Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.]