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Strawfoot is a seven piece alternative country band from St. Louis, Missouri. The name is taken from the Civil War era march cadence of the same name. Their music infuses a variety of influences ranging from bluegrass, southern gospel and the blues, to eastern European folk and alternative rock. Steeped in the rich, dark history of America and beyond Strawfoot play haunting cautionary tales of outlaw scarecrows, wayward preachers, falling pianos and the devil to create the dark sounds of “Candy-Coated Salvation and Eternal Damnation”.

Fronted by Marcus Eder, aka the Dapper King Libertine, a distant relative of famous author Mark Twain, Strawfoot performs with violin, harmonica, upright bass, guitar (RBS), mandolin, percussion, toy piano, accordion and vibraphones. Their high-energy shows regularly include burlesque dancers and circus performers.

They also perform as the house band with the Beggar's Carnivale, the first all-silent traveling burlesque and variety show, under the name the Royal We.

In 2012 the band began transitioning away from their bluegrass roots into a gypsy swing style, with the same aggressive edge. They also began transitioning from the Royal We to Strawfoot for billing on all performances both solo and with the Beggar's Carnivale.

A part of the burgeoning Gothic Americana/Folk scene gaining popularity both in the US and abroad, Strawfoot has performed with Th' Legendary Shack Shakers, The Ditty Bops, Curtis Eller, O' Death, Reverend Glasseye, HUMANWINE, Of Montreal, Bobby Bare, Jr., Jason Ringenberg, the Black Diamond Heavies, Murder By Death, The Redwalls, Tim Barry, The Hackensaw Boys and William Elliott Whitmore among others.

In January 2011, Strawfoot was nominated for The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards under the Alt. Country Song category for their song "Hole".[1]


  • Chasing Locusts, (2007)
  • The Space Parlour Vol. 1, (2007)
  • Will Rock For Food Vol. 3, (2006)
  • A Very Bert Dax Xmas Vol. 6; Fairytale of New York, (2007)
  • Rodentia: the Best of Dark Roots Music, Disc 1, (2008)
  • How We Prospered, (2009)


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