Candid Coal People
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Candid Coal People

Athens, Georgia, United States | SELF

Athens, Georgia, United States | SELF
Band Folk Pop


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Ruth and Simmons EP 2012

Cicada's Song
Love Will
Comic Book Character
In a Dream...
Dirt Trails
The Ruse
The Kings



At age eight and with no musical interest, Derick Thompson was signed up for piano lessons by his mother and father. Although as reluctant as he could be, Thompson began to excel on the piano, but suddenly quit playing at age fourteen. At age fifteen and with eight years of musical knowledge, Thompson had his first guitar lesson and strived with little to no guidance. Following his father's preference in music, Thompson filled his repertoire with classic rock songs, but later became intrigued with the intricacies of Dave Matthews, John Mayer, and Bela Fleck. Upon arrival to Georgia Southern University in 2005, Thompson began voice training, song writing, and performing acoustic shows at local bars and parties. In 2008, he moved to Athens, Ga to pursue recognition as a musician. Thompson struggled to find accompaniment. In 2009, Thompson began working at a local restaurant (Amici) and met lead guitarist and backup vocalist Braden Neugebauer, who also had musical knowledge. Thompson was reluctant to use his real name as his stage name for fear of being too generic. In the Spring of 2011, Thompson dreamt he participated in a band called "40th Street Candid Coal People", and a year later, asked Neugebauer to join. With two in group, Thompson searched for a third. Sometime in March 2012, Thompson listened to classically driven Tiffany Rogers play violin outside of a local coffee shop and later asked if she would join recording sessions and/or 40th Street Candid Coal People. Rogers agreed. Her style greatly impacted the sound and was the perfect addition to group. 40SCCP had their first show at The Melting Point on June 11, 2012. After a few shows, the 3-peice group shortened the name to "Candid Coal People". In December 2012, Thompson released an EP called "Ruth and Simmons", named after the two streets in which he wrote and recorded the songs. The EP is much different from the band's live performance. And now, Candid Coal People are booking shows and planning their first EP as a group.