The Desert Kind

The Desert Kind Officially Selected for 2017's Pickathon Music Festival!

New Album, BAD WOLF Drops May 30, 2017

The Desert Kind manages to both acknowledge the roots of folk music and blend in modern sounds...Their music is anchored by excellent musicianship, with a large arsenal of instruments being explored at various points. The Desert Kind is an exciting discovery. Their organic sound is a welcome refresher...
— Dustin Blumhagen, New Noise Mag
Check out the lovely B-side, “Port Townsend,” a mellow, barrel-aged ballad suitable for slow-sippin’ and—towards the ripe, smoky finish—high steppin’.
— Ned Lanahann- Portland Mercury

The Desert Kind is the brainchild of Portland-based songwriter Chris Bigley. Beginning as a mostly unplugged Americana outfit, Bigley shifted gears in 2015, stripping the live presentation to a duo--himself and bassist J Elwood Johncox, and emboldening their material with pulsing kick drums and crackling electric guitars. Anchored by Bigley’s writing, the band marches onward, creating a rollicking, poetry-fueled roots-minimalism ala Shovels and Rope, Possessed by Paul James and Shakey Graves.

Their new EP due in May 2017 ”Bad Wolf” is a recording that swoons with lush harmonies, rolling piano and swaggering bass lines -- it finds The Desert Kind holding tight to their song-craft while continuing to walk their own line.