Backbeat Artist Spotlight: Dent May

Written by Jessica Pickett | August 19, 2013

Deny May at SXSW 2012

Only in his mid-twenties, Mississippi born and raised feel-good pop rocker Dent May has already made a name for himself within the indie music community. May first hit the stages of SXSW in 2012, performing on the Paw Tracks/Carpark Records showcase, then returned for the 2013 event to perform on his showcase in addition to jumping on Panache Booking's roster.

His first album, The Good Feeling Music Of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele, was released on Paw Tracks in 2009, a label run in part by members of SXSW alum band Animal Collective. The band selected May to perform at All Tomorrow's Parties Festival across the pond in Somerset, England, when they curated it in 2011.

His sophomore LP, Do Things, came out in 2012, also on Paw Tracks, and showcased a new, slightly psychedelic sound played out on acoustic guitars and synthesizers. Not one to fall behind, May is already releasing a 2013 follow up this August 27th entitled Warm Blanket.

According to Paw Tracks, the album was recorded in St. Augustine, Florida, inside a supposedly haunted Victorian house. They've described the album as, "A delightful mix of organic textures, analog synth squiggles, inventive vocal melodies, and sincere wordplay." The album is available for pre-order via Paw Tracks and Dent May's official website.

Following the official drop of his album in a mere week, May will embark on a US tour, hitting cities including Atlanta, Chicago, and Philadelphia. He'll also be performing in Austin at Red 7 on September 13th. Austinites can get their tickets here. Check out Dent May's official website for a full tour listing to see if he'll be playing in a city near you.

In the meantime, you can listen to Dent May on The Backbeat, SXSWfm’s indie rock specialty show hour, every Tuesday at 12pm, 6pm, and 12am CDT as well as on Saturdays at 11pm CDT.

Photo by Courtney Cloyd

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