Part Kickapoo Indian and a descendant of Confederate General Jubal Early, Jon Deadwood was born and raised in Washington State's tiny, diehard, logging community of Castle Rock. The singer-songwriter founded Deadwood in 1999 after moving 120 miles north to Seattle. After gigging for a year, word of the band's talent made it's way through Seattle and by 2001, the band was opening for national touring acts and receiving radio airplay. Opting to forego the 'record label game' entirely, Deadwood released the 10 song CD, Rendezvous, on their own in 2002 and carved a niche in Seattle's alternative country scene. The current incarnation of Deadwood also features veteran steel guitar player Bob Knetzger, lead guitar-slinger Grady McDonald, vocalist Danielle Philippa, journeyman bassist Cosmo Ansonio, and drummer Nathanael Butler. 'Be on the lookout for a band called Deadwood. I stumbled into a place where the band was playing a couple of weeks ago, and was very impressed. They seem strongly rooted in the country music of the '70s, reminding me at times of Waylon Jennings (especially those rolling, easy-going rhythms).' --- Don Slack, KEXP 90.3FM DJ, Seattle.
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