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Santa Cruz, California, United States | SELF

Santa Cruz, California, United States | SELF
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Birdhouse EP- Available on iTunes and

Birdhouse live at 19 Broadway- Streaming on

Birdhouse live at Moe's Alley- Streaming on



In an equal emphasis on songwriting and unique musical composition, Birdhouse intertwines an articulated jazz vocabulary into a country and rock n’ roll form.

As for the boys themselves, Daniel Talmantes and Jeff Carter began playing together in the Folsom High School Jazz Band around 2006. The two came together off a greater mutual interest in the Grateful Dead. Jeff and Dan kicked off composing songs together immediately. Chris McIntyre and Dan met their freshman year of college at UC Santa Cruz in 2008, sharing their own music and jamming bluegrass. Jeff Carter moved to Santa Cruz in 2009 and soon after Jeff and Dan met up with Jeff Wilson to start a Grateful Dead cover project with Evan Penza (now the producer of Birdhouse’s first album). After a few gigs, Jeff and Dan began working with a few of their own songs and had Chris and Jeff Wilson sit in. It was then original songs manifested to what sound would come to know as Birdhouse.

Jeff Carter and Dan pose a sophisticated vocal arrangement, with subtle yet powerful harmonies, doubling a layer cake of raw poetic exploration with mystical phrasings and ecstatic melodies. Sustaining a collage of rhythmic patterns, Jeff Wilson weaves an enlightened transgression of change into one continuous jam. On bass, Chris McIntyre intuits expansive phrasings enveloping the greater sound, walking Birdhouse to new land.

Birdhouse has played at prestigious venues like 19 Broadway, The Fernwood Resort in Big Sur as well as venues in Monterey, Fairfax, San Francisco, Petaluma, and the very well known Santa Cruz favorites: The Catalyst, Moe's Alley and The Crepe Place many times. With the first Birdhouse album released this past August, listeners be ready for upcoming shows and recorded releases to come!

-- Brian Merrill