Snowblind Traveler, Long Island born songwriter Matt Dorrien, plays the song of the common man. His music is inspired by the rolling expanse of middle America, the fog and lichen draped cathedral of redwoods of the northwest, the lulling whisper of a New England blizzard, the sorely disappointed, the dearly loved, the true and honest, those who are lost and forgotten, the living, dead, and eternal. For those who have ever slept under a blanket of Big Sur stars and drank whiskey until you forgot your own name: This is for you.
Duncan "DONCAT" Nielsen writes nostalgic rock-and-roll that gleams like a beacon from the fog-saturated Northern California coastline. His minimal, lilting approach is inspired by American hope and native mysticism, and has a weighty core likened to Metals-era Feist, George Harrison's All Thing's Must Pass, and Jim James' heartfelt crooning.
As a youth, Nielsen's grandma gave him an odd pile of throw-away european releases of classic rock bands like Creedence Clearwater and the Beach Boys. Charmed by their sound, he was lead to the record store searching for other oddities. Coming from a family of music enthusiasts, including a dad with a penchant for electric blues, a brother with drum line credentials (and a composer himself), and a mother who did Linda Ronstadt's version of Blue Bayou at her high school talent show, he was poised for writing melodic music in a rock and soul format. He currently lives and makes music in the Corona Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, CA.
With songwriting reminiscent of Neil Young and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Matt Buetow’s songs are both heartfelt and intricate. The versatile sound ranges from poetic ballads to energetic indie rock arrangements, with pedal steel guitar rounding out the Americana sound. These factors combine with deeply passionate and sweet vocals to create a unique and immediately catchy musical exhibition. The high level of musicianship with which Matt and his band showcase this sound in each of their records and live performances has won them the recognition of all types of listeners, and put them on the stage with bands such as The Head And The Heart and The Dimes.