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Blitzen Trapper's music went through various genres with each record, bouncing from indie folk to art rock to experimental folk before settling into a rich, dusty brand of Neil Young-inspired alt-country. The band formed in 2000 in Portland, Oregon, with songwriter Eric Earley leading a lineup that also included Erik Menteer (guitar, keyboard), Brian Adrian Koch (drums, vocals), Michael Van Pelt (bass), Drew Laughery (keyboard), and Marty Marquis (keyboard, vocals). Before signing a record contract in 2007, the band released three albums on its own dime: an eponymous effort in 2003, Field Rexx in 2005, and the highly acclaimed Wild Mountain Nation in 2007. The latter album landed the group a record deal with Sub Pop. With Sub Pop's help, the group hit a creative peak with 2008's Furr, a collection of 13 songs that found Blitzen Trapper boiling down their many influences into a cohesive, unique Americana sound. The Black River Killer EP followed in 2009, and the group spent part of that year working on a new full-length release, which arrived one year later in the form of Destroyer of the Void. Laughery left the band after a subsequent tour, and when it came time to record the band's third Sub Pop release, American Goldwing, Blitzen Trapper opened the studio doors to outside collaborators for the first time, with Tchad Blake mixing the record and Gregg Williams co-producing. Musically, though, the guys kept things entirely within the family, reaching back to their '70s country and Southern rock influences without losing their contemporary appeal. The band released the albums Destroyer of the Void in 2010 and American Goldwing in 2011 -- both to critical acclaim. Their seventh studio album, VII, arrived in September 2013 via a new partnership with Vagrant Records, and Blitzen Trapper recorded their first live album that November at the Doug Fir Lounge. Live in Portland was self-released as a free download in 2014. Seeking to capture that live sound in the studio, their eighth studio album, the looser All Across This Land, was issued the following year via Vagrant. ~ Kenyon Hopkin & Andrew Leahey
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Albums by
Blitzen Trapper

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    Live at Third Man Records

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    All Across This Land

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    VII

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    American Goldwing

    12 songs

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    Destroyer of the Void

    13 songs

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    Furr

    13 songs

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    Wild Mountain Nation

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    Blitzen Trapper

    15 songs

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    Field Rexx

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    Mystery and Wonder

    3 songs

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    Thirsty Man

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    Love Grow Cold

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    All Across This Land

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    Lonesome Angel

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    Black River Killer


Top Songs by
Blitzen Trapper

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    Popularity
  2.   Furr
  3.   Wild Mountain Nation
  4.   Love the Way You Walk Away
  5.   Gold For Bread
  6.   Black River Killer
  7.   Not Your Lover
  8.   Christmas Is Comin Soon!
  9.   Lady On the Water
  10.   Might Find It Cheap
  11.   Dragon's Song
  12.   All Across This Land
  13.   Love Grow Cold
  14.   Stolen Shoes & a Rifle
  15.   Devil's A-Go-Go
  16.   Ever Loved Once
  17.   Heaven and Earth
  18.   40 Stripes
  19.   Plenty of Thrills
  20.   Turkey in the Straw
  21.   Futures & Folly
  22.   Summer Twin
  23.   Love (Reprise)
  24.   Ansel & Emily Desader
  25.   Don't Be a Stranger
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