• Deer Tick visits Mountain Stage for the first time.
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    Deer Tick visits Mountain Stage for the first time.
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  • Led by singer-songwriter John McCauley, the band started out playing a fusion of country-soul, Delta blues, hardcore punk and classic rock.
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    Led by singer-songwriter John McCauley, the band started out playing a fusion of country-soul, Delta blues, hardcore punk and classic rock.
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  • John McCauley was recording his own songs and touring by the time he was 19.
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    John McCauley was recording his own songs and touring by the time he was 19.
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  • Deer Tick's latest album, Negativity, showcases a straightforward rock sound.
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    Deer Tick's latest album, Negativity, showcases a straightforward rock sound.
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Deer Tick On Mountain Stage

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Led by singer-songwriter John McCauley, Deer Tick makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown.

At first, the band's fusion of country-soul, Delta blues, hardcore punk and classic rock earned Deer Tick comparisons to the genre-bending alt-country group Uncle Tupelo. But Deer Tick's latest, Negativity, moves the band further toward straight-ahead rock, drawing influences from Exile on Main Street-era Rolling Stones and The Stooges.

Ian O'Neil plays lead guitar, along with Dennis Ryan on drums, Chris Ryan on bass, and Robbie Crowell on keyboards.

Set List
  • "Just Friends"
  • "The Dream's In The Ditch"
  • "Mr. Sticks"
  • "Thyme"
  • "Big House"
  • "These Old Shoes"
  • "Main Street"
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