Deer Tick coalesced in John McCauley III’s Providence, R.I., bedroom five years ago. After discovering Hank Williams, the 18-year-old dissolved his duo project, My Other Face, and went camping to contemplate his future. As McCauley resolved to start an actual band, he found a deer tick embedded in his scalp; he christened his newly envisioned band after his new tenant.
Deer Tick’s Garage Folk spirit and Indie Country verve are highlighted by varied elements like Crazy Horse, Dwight Yoakam, Chuck Berry and Bob Dylan, all unified by McCauley’s raspy vocals and razor sharp lyrics. On stage, the differences are even less noticeable, with moments when Deer Tick goes off the rails.
Deer Tick headlines the free Fountain Square St. Patrick’s Day party, which kicks off at 1 p.m. (following the parade) and runs until 10 p.m. Also scheduled to perform is a plethora of excellent local bands: Buffalo Killers, The Tigerlilies, The Tillers, Magnolia Mountain, The Super Desserts and Mount Pleasant String Band.
Get show details and Sound Advice here.