Drunken Barn Dance is a raw, Americana-ish band based in Ann Arbor, Michigan lead by journeyman musician, Scott Sellwood, and founded on the twin pillars of alcohol and geography. Sonically, the band blends Crazy Horse era bombast with folk-centric songcraft. It is best known (if known at all) for its raucous shows, strict recording rules and Sellwood’s slanted, engrossing story-telling.
DBD has released two well-received full-length records (s/t -2008, Grey Buried – 2010) on Michigan’s excellent Quite Scientific Records. The band also released the first installment of a three-part digital EP series (Isle Royale) in September 2012. The second installment, Sequoia, is forthcoming in spring 2013.
The band features an all-star cast of Michigan musicians, many of whom played with Sellwood in Fred Thomas’ blissful pop collective, Saturday Looks Good to Me. The band is: Scott DeRoche – guitar, Ryan Howard – drums, Greg McIntosh – guitar, and Jim Roll – bass. Other frequent contributors include Carol Catherine Grey, Matt Jones and Fred Thomas.
Sellwood currently lives in San Francisco, while the rest of the band remains in Michigan. DBD has been lucky to play with many amazing bands, including Okkervil River, Magnolia Electric Company, Shearwater, the War on Drugs, the Watson Twins, David Dondero, Saturday Looks Good to Me, Frontier Ruckus, Chris Bathgate, Matt Jones & the Reconstruction, Great Lakes Myth Society, among others…