Steeped in the tradition and belief that rock and pop music can be both a means of entertainment as well as a form of art, multi-instrumentalist Dylan Blanchard has worked extensively as a collaborator with that in mind. Now he decided he’s ready to step, both proverbially and literally, from the back of the stage where he’s more experienced and comfortable, up to the front. 17 plus years as a sideman and creative contributor to dozens of varied projects has taught him many valuable lessons, and is still his passion in many ways. Recording and touring with such eclectic acts as the Austin based indie-rock quintet, Tristero (drums), the Santa Fe based garage-punk and grunge band, Babelshack (bass), Delaware based singer-songwriter, Danny Whitecotton (drums, keyboards), and the wildly impractical but equally as fun 25-piece folk/rock orchestra known as Apple Miner Colony (drums) have all helped shape Dylan into the musician and songwriter he is today.
With his ear sharpened for the many different ways songs can speak to their listeners and the possibilities for instrumentation and arrangement to transport a great song to the level of a moving and transformative listening experience, it felt like time to let his songwriting speak with its own voice. The new 7” record, “A Ghost in Arroyo Hondo (Just One of Many)” out on Matron Records this July, marks the first time since his years at the College of Santa Fe that Dylan went into the studio to create something entirely his own. The result is a taste of what will be more to come. Contrasting styles, timbres, and influences come together to make something at times both catchy and dissonant, energetic and dark, joyful and sad.
In preparation for live performances, Dylan has recruited long time friend and collaborator, Ben Clary (Apple Miner Colony, Bipedal Approach), fellow College of Santa Fe musician, Brendan Carn and Ten Ten Division bandmate, Vonnie Kyle (Vonnie Kyle, Mark Mallman). The new group is currently making ready to hit the road this July with friends and label-mates, Future Scars. For Dylan, the prospect of honing the chops of this newly formed ensemble on the road is a source of giddy excitement. Not to mention promoting the release of his first ever vinyl record, which has been something of a bucket-list item for him since his late teens.
Celebrate the release of Dylan Blanchard's debut 7" release with Denver's Rubedo and label-mates Future Scars at Meow Wolf on Thursday, July 5th.
Upcoming Dylan Blanchard Shows:
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