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The Great American Desert: Carson City

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The calm, boring life of a small Midwestern town drove Max Holmquist to pick up a guitar at the age of 15. Four years later, South of Lincoln started in 2006 as his solo project. Starting with a post-punk/emo sound in the vein as Juliana Theory, Saves the Day, etc. somewhere along the line his style shifted with his personal musical tastes. With the introduction of Alt/Folk from people like Damien Jurado, Neko Case, M. Ward, Andrew Bird, Rocky Votolato, etc., South of Lincoln became The Great American Desert, a collection of honest, heartfelt folk songs.

Themes of alcoholism, heartbreak, love triangles, a sense of home, etc. run thick through The Great American Desert’s music. “I’m sort of obsessed with where home is and what makes a home and how many homes one can have and whether a place ever ceases to be a home,” Holmquist says.

On June 26th 2012, The Great American Desert is to release the 9 track album “Carson City” via Yer Bird Records. [via IODA]

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“Carson City” (mp3)
from “Carson City”
(Yer Bird Records)

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