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Vienna, Virginia, United States | INDIE

Vienna, Virginia, United States | INDIE
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By Beca Grimm
Best of What's Next: Deep River

Faithful Paste followers won’t be surprised by our crush on this Americana-soaked folk trio. After all, Luke Brindley, half of
former Paste Records duo The Brindley Brothers and proprietor of one of our favorite U.S. venues Jammin’ Java, makes
up one-third of the literate outfit.

Dawley was mutual friends with the other two members before Deep River’s formation. When Brindley went hunting for a
female vocalist, it was only a matter of time until he came across Beauregard’s honeyed vocals. Their chemistry was
instant, and the first practice stretched for two hours.
Each member resides in a different city within a 20 mile radius, but Brindley asserts it’s not been a concern. “Northern
Virginia … is really just this giant, sprawling suburb of D.C.,” he says. “It’s sort of a weird area because technically it’s the
south but it feels somewhere in between. Where we are, it’s a little more metropolitan. It doesn’t feel very Southern.”
Naturally, Deep River rounds up for practices at Brindley’s Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Va.

The trio have only been playing together since late June, but already have an album ready. Brindley’s brother Daniel
prompted the quick production of the group’s debut when he invited them to play the Java for a CD release party. They
agreed but realized—there was no album. Yet. “Our schedules were so busy,” Beauregard, a theater vet, says. “We all
teach. And I was doing a play in D.C. And the only times we could meet were the morning from nine til two or three over
about a week and a half span—so 10 mornings, conveniently” (hence, the appropriate title for 10 Mornings). “We’d
shuffle into the studio, get some coffee and go, ‘OK, song a day. Let’s do it.’”

And do it they did. Five hundred people attended the album’s November release party at Java, a venue that typically
holds about 200 folks.

As for Deep River’s sometimes-day gigs, Arlington County substitute teacher Beauregard asserts that the experience
helps her grow as a performer. “With Deep River, having audience interaction is crucial,” she says, “so it’s kind of nice
practice as a teacher to engage and interact with people.”
Brindley, who—like Dawley—teaches guitar, chimes: “I’d say the same thing. Sort of the approach we’re taking is a really
grassroots, one-on-one approach of building fans one at a time … Building the one-on-one relationships with people is a
way part of what we’re trying to do to grow as a band, for sure.”
In addition to the usual spot at Java and various venues around the D.C.-area, Deep River would like to bring its sweet
melodies into your living room.

“But when we started to do [house shows], it was incredible to see people’s reaction, being so close to people,”
Beauregard earnestly continues. “Not having any kind of amplification, really … That level of intimacy. And not only
between us and them but between themselves. Because a lot of times when you go to a venue as an audience member,
there’s still this type of forced law between you and the band and you and the other patrons. It’s actually really cool to
see other people connect who didn’t know each other [before]. That’s the thing about music—it sort of has this way of
drawing people together into an incredible community … I am so enthralled with this house-concert idea because it’s so
incredible to be building that kind of faith with people.” - Paste Magazine


Discography

Ten Mornings-LP 2010

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What do you get when you combine a charismatic actress with a powerhouse voice, a multi-instrumentalist heartthrob-in-the-making and an introverted genius songwriter? You get Deep River. Named PASTE Magazines “Best of What’s Next”, Deep River is Rachel Beauregard, Bryan Dawley, and Luke Brindley, a power-folk trio from Virginia who create their own brand of music they've termed "Front Porch Pop". It's a fluid, sonic experience combining elements of pop, folk, and blues with straight-up homegrown sass. Deep River will have you singing along, always wanting more, and leave you curious about how their hair manages to look so frickin' good all the time! Deep River released their debut album, "Ten Mornings", in November of 2010.