credit: Keith Zacharski

Balto - Black Snake, Mojave Blues

"Balto sound like the kind of band you’d want playing in the background as you cruise down the highway with a road soda clutched in your hand." - What Youth

Following an ill-fated six-month stint as a copy editor and telemarketer in Moscow, guitarist and songwriter Dan Sheron returned to the US and recorded a record. The debut garnered the attention of dozens of blogs and publications worldwide as an underground songwriting gem of 2011.

Over time, Balto transformed from a songwriting vehicle into a rock n roll band – performing a swaggering style of American music rooted at the intersection of Motown, Big Star, Plastic Ono Band-era Lennon, and Jackson Browne. Numerous releases followed upon which the band toured the lower 48, Alaska, Europe, and Russia and joined national acts (David Nail, The Revivalists, Blind Pilot, The Current Swell, etc) all over the West. Their live performance has drawn comparisons to fiery indie rockers My Morning Jacket and Wilco, while Seattle-based curators Artist Home describe 2017's LP Strangers as “a tangle of beautiful, messy emotions, wrapped up in a sound that’s warmly familiar yet brimming with soul and tiny details that are touched by magic.

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

Artist is seeking the following professional connections: Label, Management, Brand Partnership, Gear Endorsement, Other Artists to Tour With, PR/Publicity Agency, Publishing, Sync/Music Supervisors

Genre: Americana
Subgenre: Indie Rock
From: Los Angeles, CA