“full of soulful narrative.” – Yahoo Music
“bursts with emotion at every edge and makes for some interestingly original music.” – Magnet Magazine
“The band’s intensity, its ability to tap into spooky Old Testament terror as well as pastoral Verde River amble, is what sets it apart from the ever-crowded indie folk populace.” – Phoenix New Times
“dark mystic lyrics and off-kilter attitude with taut musicianship and psychedelic romanticism” – No Depression
“Raw and romantic” – DeliRadio
“Masterful and filled with energy” – LA Music Blog
“dusty, moody, lonely, and super atmospheric” – San Francisco Bay Guardian
“Straight from the heart.” – PopMatters
“Patsy is an album that defines it’s own space and time.” – Rust Magazine
“Arizona’s decker. exceeds both lyrically and musically with their adventurous sound that is not quite definable – and that’s a good thing. Forget the desert and landscapes of their home state, decker. truly captures something imaginative that goes beyond geography.” – Glide Magazine
“The rootsy rambler ‘ODB’, off the group’s upcoming record Patsy, has just enough swing to make you ‘just dance / If you caught up in the holy ghost trance’.” – The Bluegrass Situation
“Unusual kaleidoscopic compositions. The more we spin this one the better it gets.” – BabySue
“they have continued to evolve organically into a desert force unto themselves, and the proof is in this album.” - Java Magazine
“From start to finish, decker’s very distinct sound feels tailor-made for a Coen Bros. Western. Dark, atmospheric and uncomfortably honest, this type of balladry is a rarity among modern folk offerings.” – Indie-Music.com
“his music; which is as romantic, dramatic, intense, primitive and harrowing as a birth in a kitchen in Arizona…Broken Belts, Broken Bones creates its own furrow somewhere between Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska and Gillian Welch’s Time (The Revelator) with mandolins, sparse accompaniment, narcotic tempos and stray harmonies.” – Performer Magazine
“I feel that decker. does for folk what The White Stripes did for delta-blues…it’s an excellent modernization of a genre.” – Ampkicker.com
“Cryptic and tinged with darkness, Slider is a desert gospel masterpiece and our winner for Album of the Year.” – Yab Yum Music & Arts
“Decker crafts dramatic, emotionally enveloping songs rendered all the more raw and powerful because they are acoustic-based.” – Dallas Morning News
“Decker has managed to encompass typical folklore story-arcs and blend them with a nostalgic sound that is reminiscent of 90’s guitar rock, modernised and reinvented to the point whereby they sound both unique and familiar; a rare combination.” – Indie Music Reviewer Magazine
“Decker has rendered something raw and unforgettable, allowing what often begins as a simple acoustic foundation to explode into something bigger with the added diversity of both solos and duets. Eventually Slider gets under your skin and stays there; moody, melodic and mesmerizing.” – Liquid[Hip]
“While decker.’s sound covers more than a few bases, their lyrics are on a more straightforward track. Decker begs for honesty throughout the album, completely unashamed (and rightfully so).” – The Grateful Web
“it seems decker. can’t be stopped.” – College Times
“They seamlessly take the melodies, harmonies and song structures of classic folk music and inject it with the sounds of vintage Haight-Ashbury psychedelia” – Echo Cloud
“the lasting impression of this CD is some of the most soul-baring songwriting you will ever hear” – Kudos AZ
“He’s tattooed, mustached, and sincere.” – Flagstaff Live
For seven years running, decker. has been recording and performing some of the most vital music to be released from America’s Southwest. The music is clearly drawn from the land itself—all that is at once comforting, eerie, haunting, healing, harsh and beautiful. He carves something unique out of the essence he grasps in his red rock home of Sedona, Arizona—a land of red clay mountains and vortexes. The music takes on a spiritual mantle, a deeper, ancient calling rooted to the land itself, tapping into the mysticism of old, weird America, divining its power, resurrecting what he sees fit and crafting it into musical odysseys of treachery, redemption, enlightenment and tenacity.
While seemingly possessed by his desert dwellings, decker. has approached his music with a blue-collar ethic, pressing himself to perform 150 shows a year and self-releasing six studio records in the last seven years. The songwriter has been either recording an album or touring in support of one since the fall of 2009 with relentless vigor—surviving a 2012 van rollover on tour, raising a young son and maintaining a relentless show schedule. The 2014 release, Patsy saw decker. make a hardy push to spread his desert lore, touring the U.S. three times over with all the fervor, he says, “of a drowning man.” Magnet raved, “[Decker] bursts with emotion at every edge,” while No Depression declared, “[Decker] combines dark mystic lyrics and off-kilter attitude with taut musicianship and psychedelic romanticism.
With barely a pause to reflect, Decker returned home and wrote what would become his 6th studio album, Snake River Blues, set for release September 23. Inspired by legendary psychedelic blues classics like Muddy Waters’ Electric Mud and Chuck Berry’s San Francisco Dues, Snake River Blues is comprised by tales of treachery and conquest, in blues archetypes viewed through decker.’s unique lens. The album signifies growth, while also a departure from his more acoustic and methodic efforts. It harnesses an American desperation, while being simultaneously rife with audacious confidence, grit and focus. Self-described as “psychedelic desert folk,” Snake River Blues is altogether decker.’s tightest and most succinct effort to date.
The album is set for a September 23 release as decker. heads east to commemorate the release with a one-month residency at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall.