Damien Jurado

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Damien Jurado
Jurado performing at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, Missouri in February 2015
Jurado performing at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, Missouri in February 2015
Background information
OriginSeattle, Washington, United States
GenresIndie rock
InstrumentsAcoustic guitar, electric guitar
Years active1995–present
LabelsMama Bird Recording Co., Loose
Associated actsCoolidge,[1] Hoquiam

Damien Jurado is an American singer-songwriter from Seattle, Washington, United States. Over the years, he has released albums on Sub Pop, Secretly Canadian and currently on Mama Bird Recording Co.[2] and Loose.[3]

Personal history and influences[edit]

Jurado's mother's family were devout Mormons; at the age of 8 or 9, Jurado denounced and renounced the religion.[4] Jurado spent part of his childhood in Arizona, and during this period his mother "was really heavily into, she was in UFO committees" and would attend New Age meetings, to which she would bring her son.[4] During those years he was engrossed in television series such as The Twilight Zone; Elvira, Mistress of the Dark; Kung Fu; and The Outer Limits. Those influences, along with listening to conspiracy theory and paranormal phenomena broadcaster Art Bell and listening to recordings of Buckminster Fuller and Jesus Movement figure Lonnie Frisbee, influenced his later music.[4]

Music career[edit]

Jurado's solo career began during the mid-1990s, releasing lo-fi folk based recordings on his own cassette-only label, Casa Recordings. Gaining a local cult following in Seattle, he was brought to the attention of Sub Pop Records by Sunny Day Real Estate singer Jeremy Enigk. After two 7-inch releases (Motorbike and Trampoline) Sub Pop issued his first full album, Waters Ave S. in 1997. His second album Rehearsals for Departure, was released in 1999, produced by Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star, R.E.M.).

He often makes use of found sound and field recording techniques, and has experimented with different forms of tape recordings. In 2000 he released Postcards and Audio Letters, a collection of found audio letters and fragments that he had found from sources such as thrift store tape players and answering machines. Also released in 2000 was Ghost of David, Jurado's bleakest and most personal sounding record to date. I Break Chairs (2002) was produced by long-time friend, Pedro the Lion's David Bazan. It was his last album for Sub Pop, and was a much rockier, electric affair.

After signing for the Indiana-based label Secretly Canadian, Jurado reverted to his trademark folk ballad-based style, releasing four more albums: Where Shall You Take Me? (2003), On My Way to Absence, (2005) And Now That I'm in Your Shadow (2006) and the rockier Caught in the Trees (2008).[5]

Damien Jurado performing in Denton, Texas in 2009

In 2009, Jurado teamed with his brother Drake to issue an LP under the moniker Hoquiam, released on February 23, 2010. The album preceded Damien's next solo release, dubbed Saint Bartlett, which was released May 25, 2010 and was produced by label mate Richard Swift.[6] After touring the album with Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, Jurado began work on his next album. On February 21, 2012 he released his 10th studio album, Maraqopa, his sixth for Secretly Canadian.[7] In January 2014 Jurado released Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son[8] an album which marked the third straight collaboration with producer Richard Swift. In March 2016, Jurado released Visions of Us on the Land, and in December of the same year he and Swift released a collection of covers from 2010, Other People's Songs, Volume 1.[9] In September 2016 he was forced to cancel an Australian tour due to health issues.[10]

Collaborations and contributions[edit]

Jurado appears on the tracks Almost Home and The Dogs on Moby's album Innocents.[11]

He is also featured in an episode of the BYUtv music documentary series Audio-Files.[12]

Jurado's song "Everything Trying" appeared in the NBC series The Blacklist (Season 1, episode 12), in the 2013 Best Foreign Film Oscar film The Great Beauty, in the Fox series "House M.D." (Season 7, Episode 14), and in the 2011 film "The Dillema".

In the 2014 Joe Carnahan directed crime thriller "Stretch", Jurado's song "Let Us All In" plays during the end last scene at Corky's Diner and into the credits.

In the 2015 romantic comedy, Tumbledown, Jurado contributes to many songs on the soundtrack.[13]

He duets with Lotte Kestner on her song "Turn the Wolves" on the 2013 album The Bluebird of Happiness.

He has collaborated extensively with Richard Swift.

Jurado's track "A.M. AM" from his "Visions of Us on the Land" is prominently featured in Episode 3 as well as "Cloudy Shoes" from "Saint Bartlett" in Episode 6 of the 2018 Netflix documentary series Wild Wild Country.




  • Motorbike (1995, Sub Pop)
  • Trampoline (1996, Sub Pop)
  • Vary (1997, Tooth & Nail)
  • Gathered in Song (1998, Made in Mexico)
  • Four Songs (2001, Burnt Toast Vinyl)
  • Holding His Breath (2003, Acuarela)
  • Just in Time for Something (2004, Secretly Canadian)
  • Traded for Fire/Ghost of David Split with Dolorean (2006, Secretly Canadian)
  • Gathered in Song (2007, Made in Mexico; re-release with bonus tracks)
  • LEM: Volume 1, January 2010 (2010, Flannelgraph Records/Crossroads of America)
  • Our Turn to Shine EP (2010, Secretly Canadian; the Saint Bartlett bonus EP is exclusive to Amazon UK)
  • Diamond Sea/Pentagrams (Part of The Maraqopa Sessions) (2012, Secretly Canadian)
  • Clouds Beyond/Let As All In (Part of The Maraqopa Sessions) (2012, Secretly Canadian)
  • Wyoming Songbirds/Ghost of David (The Return) (Part of The Maraqopa Sessions) (2012, Secretly Canadian)
  • The Maraqopa Sessions EP (2012, Secretly Canadian; bonus EP to celebrate the inclusion of Maraqopa on Rough Trade's Best Album 2012 list)
  • Recorded Live at Little Elephant (2017, Little Elephant)


  • "Halo Friendly" (1997, Summershine)
  • "Chevrolet" (1998, UK only, Snowstorm)
  • "Letters & Drawings" (1998, UK only, Ryko)
  • "Big Let Down / Make Up Your Mind" (2002, Secretly Canadian)
  • "Ohio" (2014, Filous Remix)
  • "Exit 353" (2015)

Tour-only releases[edit]

  • Walk Along the Fence (2004)
  • Untitled 6 song EP (2006)
  • The Trees Tour EP (2007)
  • European Tour CD-R (2009)
  • Tour CD-R (2011)

Compilation appearances[edit]

Badlands - Wages Of Sin w. Rosie Thomas ″Tooth and Nail″ Rock Sampler Vol 1 -= Frustration 1997

″'78 Ltd″ - Thirty 6

″Songs From The Big Top″ - Ashes

″The Unaccompanied Voice″ - An Accapella Compilation - Dance Hall Places

″It Goes Without Saying″ - aka Maremont - Kicking Steve Risley

Like Others Need Oxygen - Mr Brown

For the Kids Three - Small as Me

SC100 - Upstate

Unearthed - The Heron and The Fox

Live at KEXP Vol 8 - Working Titles

The Walking Dead Songs of Survival - I Will Still Be Dead

It Happened Here - Kansas City

Guest Appearances

Lotte Kestner The Bluebird of Happiness - duet on Turn The Wolves.

Rosie Thomas These Friends of Mine

Lampshade Lets Away (vocals 2 tracks)

Thomas Johnsson Denver First In Line EP - harmonica

Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden - vocals on In The End

Bosque Brown Plays Mara Lee Miller - backing vocals

Husbands Love Your Wives - Tender Stories in Song Between Tender Friends / Live At The Triple Door - vocals and guitar.

Producer on Other Artists Albums

Naomi Wachira S/T 2013

Shelby Earl Swift Arrows 2013

Joel Walter Nowhere In Fiction EP 2011

Joel Walter Bitter Lake Reservoir 2015

Ben Fisher Does The Land Remember Me 2018


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