Formed in Fort Worth, TX in the spring of 2004, Calhoun began as a collection of friends fleshing out the always-welcome singer-songwriter three-minute manifesto. After percolating for two years, a self-titled debut album was released providing an auspicious glimpse of the “songwriter-of-the-year” accolades that would follow while spawning instant fan favorites “These Are The Dead Days” and “Bright Eyes”. In 2008, Calhoun followed up the ‘Gray/Blue’ record with its second critically acclaimed album Falter Waver Cultivate, produced by Stuart Sikes (White Stripes, Cat Power, Walkmen)… the band took a year off before returning to the studio in 2010 with producer James Barber (Ryan Adams) to record their new expansive 12-track opus, Heavy Sugar. Calhoun’s music has been described as catchy, irresistible, gorgeous, melodic, sorta poppy, sorta rootsy, sorta rockin’, and, in general, really splendid music.
Catamaran’s founding members Stephen Glenn (vocals, guitar) and Tom Theall (drums) met in Dallas in 2010. An obsession for sharing and discussing music soon turned into acoustic jam sessions. A grooving surf sound began to emerge, and a few demos were recorded. The talented Alec Rosales (lead guitar, keys, percussion) joined the band in mid-2012. He became a perfect fit for the group and brings a guitar sound that ranges from pristine to colorfully mangled. Catamaran quickly launched into the spotlight in the Dallas-Fort Worth area after making their radio debut on the 102.1 KDGE Local Show. The band was nominated for a 2013 Dallas Observer Music Award for Best Pop Act and is currently in rotation on DFW’s popular independent radio station, 91.7 KXT.