Photo by Julia Lofstrand (firstname.lastname@example.org / julialofstrandphotography.com)
Deland, Florida’s Roadkill Ghost Choir has been living a semi-charmed sort of existence as of late. What started as a songwriting outlet for singer/guitarist Andrew Shepard has blossomed into a full band that is not only winning the ears of fans nationwide, but the attention of their peers as well. Pegged as an opener for a tour with Band of Horses earlier this year, the expanded six piece (comprised of Andrew’s brothers Zach and Maxx on bass and drums respectively, along with Stephen Garza on lead guitar, Joey Davoli on keys and trumpet and Kiffy Meyers on pedal steel and banjo) have been spent 2013 crisscrossing the nation in true road warrior fashion.
This May the band visited our nation’s capital for the first time, and we were lucky enough to spend some time with them around their gig opening for Dead Confederate at The Black Cat. What follows is a snapshot of a band that may be just starting out, but with their potent and inspired blend of psychedelia, Americana and indie-rock earning them slots at major festivals like Louisville’s Forecastle and The Governor’s Ball in New York, it's clear that they're already well down the road to greatness.