The Dexateens

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The Dexateens
Origin Tuscaloosa, Alabama United States
Genres Rock and roll
Years active 1998 – present
Labels Cornelius Chapel Records
Skybucket Records
Estrus Records
Associated acts Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires
Vulture Whale
Drive-By Truckers
Website dexateens.org
Members Elliott McPherson
Matt Patton
Brian Gosdin
Ronnie Lee Gipson
Brad Armstrong
Past members John Smith
Craig "Sweet Dog" Pickering
Lee Bains III
Nikolaus Mimikakis
Taylor Hollingsworth

The Dexateens are a five-piece rock and roll band out of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.[1]

History[edit]

1998-2010[edit]

The Dexateens began as a four-piece band in 1998 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama,[2][3] with co-lead singer-songwriters and guitarists Elliott McPherson and John Smith, with drummer Craig "Sweet Dog" Pickering and bassist Matt Patton rounding out the quartet.[4] Patton pulls double duty, as he is also a full-time member of the Drive-By Truckers,[5] with whom The Dexateens have toured in the past.[6] In its earliest form, the band was known for its punk shows at The Chukker and Egan's.[1][7]

McPherson said The Dexateens' name originated from a guitar pick Smith's brother/roommate had signed by Dexter Romweber, "DEX," which subliminally stuck with him when thinking up names for the band. Once they had the name, they tried to change it to something else (The Highwatts, Red Dirt Five, Sweet Dog) but the name stuck.[7][8]

Starting in 2004 with their debut self-titled record,[9] The Dexateens have released two albums on Estrus Records and three albums Skybucket Records.[10] Their 2004 self-titled debut and 2005 followup, Red Dust Rising, were both produced by Tim Kerr (Big Boys, Poison 13, Jack O'Fire, Lord High Fixers).

In 2006, The Dexateens released the EP, Teenager, on Dell'orso Records. The record is made up of material from 2000 and consists of the band's earlier punk rock sound.[11]

2007's full-length record, Hardwire Healing, features the acoustic song “Nadine,” a song notable for its portrayal of devastation.[3][12] The record features artwork by Jimmi Hole and was mastering by JJ Golden.[13] Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers) and David Barbe co-produced the record, which was recorded in Athens, Georgia, at Chase Park Transduction Studios.[11][14] Also in 2007, original Dexateens drummer Craig “Sweet Dog” Pickering left the band[3] and Brian Gosdin joined the band on drums.[15]

In 2008, the band released the record, Lost and Found, on Skybucket Records. It was initially released as a free digital download with a purchase-able physical product released later.[16] They recorded 2009's Singlewide with Tim Kerr producing over a three-day period in Birmingham.[17][18] The artwork is by Mike Egan.[19]

In 2008, Brad Armstrong (13ghosts) joined the band, also on guitar and backing vocals.[20]

They appeared at the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival.[21][22]

In 2010, singer-songwriter and guitarist John Smith left the band. In July 2010, The Dexateens announced the band was disbanding.[23][24]

2013-present[edit]

In 2013, the band returned from a two-year hiatus[25] with the EP Sunsphere, which is named after the Knoxville, Tennessee, observation tower that was built for the 1982 World's Fair.[17]

Teenage Hallelujah was released October 7, 2016. McPherson said the record is inspired by the C.S. Lewis novel called The Screwtape Letters.[26] The record was recorded in 2011 in McPherson's barn and was produced and engineered by Bronson Tew (Seratones, Jimbo Mathus, Water Liars), and features liner notes by WFMU's Kevin Nutt.[27] Teenage Hallelujah was a shift for the band, as guitarist and vocalist Lee Bains moved on to work on his own band, Lee Baines III and the Glory Fires.[28][29] The band welcomed the addition of Taylor Hollingsworth (Dead Fingers, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band) on lead guitar and backing vocals.

A second record, Stars In Bars was recorded and produced by Mark Nevers (Lambchop) at Beech House Recording in Nashville, Tennessee, in late August 2015. It is schedued to be released in late 2016 or early 2017.[30]

Cornelius Chapel Records[edit]

In 2013, the band started the record label, Cornelius Chapel Records, which McPherson and the extended band family run.[15] Bands on the label in addition to The Dexateens include Brad Armstrong, Vulture Whale, AdamAdam, and Chooglin.

Other projects[edit]

In addition to the record label, McPherson works as a cabinet-maker and woodworker in Tuscaloosa.[31] He is involved in various music projects including the band Rattler[32] and has a solo project he is working on. The rest of the band members are also involved in various bands.[24]

Current band members[edit]

  • Elliott McPherson, lead vocals, guitar & songwriting
  • Matt Patton, bass
  • Brian Gosdin, drums
  • Ronnie Lee Gipson, guitar and/or fill-in bass
  • Brad Armstrong, guitar

Discography[edit]

Albums
  • 2004: The Dexateens (Estrus Records)
  • 2005: Red Dust Rising (Estrus Records)
  • 2007: Hardwire Healing (Skybucket Records)
  • 2008: Lost and Found (Skybucket Records)[33]
  • 2009: Singlewide (Skybucket Records)[34][35]
  • 2016: Teenage Hallelujah (Cornelius Chapel Records, CCR/009)
  • TBD: Stars In Bars (Cornelius Chapel Records) − upcoming release[15]
EPs
  • 2006: Teenager (Dell'orso Records)
  • 2013: Sunsphere (Cornelius Chapel)
Compilations
  • 1999: A Fistful of Rock N' Roll Vol. 2 (Tee Pee) − "Teenagers Piss Off" aka "Teenager"
  • 2005: Boxcars on 1st, Vol. I − "Talladega Tornado"[36]
  • 2009: Lake Fever Sessions (Tugboat Productions (video) / Lake Fever Productions (audio)) − "Down Low," "Missionary Blues," "New Boy"[37]
  • 2010: The Country Way Digital Vol. 1 (American Songwriter) − "Granddaddy's Mouth"[38]
Video

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Davis, Lance (14 February 2009). "Rebel Land, Alabam: The Dexateens & Archibalds". The Adios Lounge. 
  2. ^ Windham, Ben (10 April 2006). "The Dexateens". The Tuscaloosa News. 
  3. ^ a b c Dowdy, Morgan (24 August 2010). "Dexateens represent new South, new values". The Crimson White. University of Alabama. 
  4. ^ Hughes, Mark (21 May 2014). "Meet The Band: Craig 'Sweet Dog' Pickering". The Tuscaloosa News. 
  5. ^ "English Oceans". Drive-By Truckers. 30 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Zuppardo, Scott (21 January 2016). "This Yankee Survived 10 Days with the Dexateens and the Drive-By Truckers, A Tour Journal - Glide Magazine". Glide Magazine. 
  7. ^ a b Pennington, Cory (11 April 2009). "The Dexateens". The Tuscaloosa News. 
  8. ^ "We Have Signal: Dexateens, Birmingham, AL". We Have Signal: Live from Birmingham, Alabama Public Television. The Bottletree Cafe, Birmingham, Alabama: PBS. January 2009. 
  9. ^ Windham, Ben (19 March 2004). "Music Review: Dexateens' debut offers a sample of 'Southern Rock'". The Tuscaloosa News. 
  10. ^ Ulibas, Joseph (29 November 2015). "The Dexateens are preparing to release their latest studio album in 2016". AXS. 
  11. ^ a b "About Dexateens". Myspace. Archived from the original on 14 January 2007. 
  12. ^ "Spotlight: The Dexateens". SPIN. 5 February 2007. 
  13. ^ "5/21/06: Brothers and sisters". Dexateens.net. Archived from the original on 27 June 2006. 
  14. ^ Mark, Hughes (26 January 2007). "The Dexateens". The Tuscaloosa News. 
  15. ^ a b c "Biography" (PDF). The Dexateens. 2016. 
  16. ^ Parker, Chris (11 December 2008). "The Dexateens may be a part-time love, but they're more faithful than a lot of other bands". Nashville Scene. 
  17. ^ a b "Dexateens". Cornelius Chapel Records. 
  18. ^ Woxy Radio (21 December 2009). "Dexateens". American Songwriter. 
  19. ^ McPherson, Elliott (9 March 2008). "The Dexateens are about to release our 4th full length record". Cabinet Makers Notebook. 
  20. ^ Kristoff, Anne (31 May 2016). "With Dexateens and solo success, Birmingham native Brad Armstrong an artist on the verge in upstate New York". Alabama NewsCenter. 
  21. ^ "BMI Sets Stage for ACL Music Festival 2009". BMI. 14 July 2009. 
  22. ^ Pennington, Cory (29 May 2009). "Dexateens hitting the road for new CD". The Tuscaloosa News. 
  23. ^ Pennington, Cory (23 March 2012). "The Dexateens will retire the name, not the music". The Tuscaloosa News. 
  24. ^ a b Flanagan, Ben (19 January 2011). "Are the Dexateens done? Guitarist Elliott McPherson opens up about the quiet end as a new beginning". The Birmingham News. 
  25. ^ Flanagan, Ben (22 March 2012). "Lee Bains & Glory Fires happy to rock for recovery at Tuscaloosa Get Up concert (Q&A)". The Birmingham News. 
  26. ^ Ells, Blake (19 February 2015). "Spiritual matters". Weld for Birmingham. 
  27. ^ LaBate, Steve (7 October 2016). "Dexateens - "Boys with Knives"". Paste. 
  28. ^ "10 New Artists You Need to Know: April 2014. Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires". Rolling Stone. 10 April 2014. 
  29. ^ Pareles, Jon; Ratliff, Ben; Chinen, Nate (26 May 2014). "Southern Rock, Proudly Revised: New Albums From Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, Sleaford Mods and Owen Pallett". The New York Times. 
  30. ^ Winograd, Jeremy (10 October 2016). "The Dexateens: Teenage Hallelujah". Spectrum Culture. 
  31. ^ Hughes, Mark (21 May 2014). "Local Q&A: Elliot McPherson". The Tuscaloosa News. 
  32. ^ Flanagan, Ben (20 February 2015). "Watch the concert film 'The Dexateens: Live at the Nick' now; see Rattler in Birmigham tonight". The Birmingham News. 
  33. ^ Kerr, Tim (February 2008). "The Dexateens: Lost and Found". Skybucket Records. Archived from the original on 15 March 2008. 
  34. ^ Haag, Stephen (26 May 2009). "Dexateens: Singlewide". PopMatters. 
  35. ^ Dearmore, Kelly (28 May 2009). "Dexateens – Singlewide". Twangville. 
  36. ^ "Boxcars on 1st, Vol. I". Bhamwiki. January 2005. 
  37. ^ "The Dexateens Lake Fever Session". No Depression. 12 October 2009. 
  38. ^ Pace, Jessica (1 June 2010). "Singles Reviews: Dexateens, Cass McCombs, David Ball (The Country Way Digital Vol. 1)". American Songwriter. 
  39. ^ Hughes, Mark (25 September 2009). "'Old Bryce' started out as a Dexateens documentary". The Tuscaloosa News. 

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