Sam Doores + Riley Downing & The TumbleweedsSam Doores + Riley Downing & The Tumbleweeds are a New Orleans-based country-soul, swamp-boogie band that recently changed their name to The Deslondes. In their writing as well as their lives, The Deslondes three principle songwriters—Sam Doores, Riley Downing and Cameron Snyder—endeavor to carry on the traveling country-troubadour tradition of their heroes Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley and John Prine. With the help of bassist Dan Cutler and pedal steel-fiddle player John James, the band’s musical production and vocal arrangements are inspired by the rhythmic, high energy, and harmony-driven sounds of their other heroes, The Band and Allen Toussaint.

Sam & Riley released their debut album, Holy Cross Blues, in the fall of 2012 and were the opening act on the spring 2013 Alabama Shakes tour. Riley also performed as a solo act supporting Alabama Shakes on their fall 2012 tour. Riley wrote “This Morning’ I Was Born Again” based on a Woody Guthrie lyric sheet.  It’s a crowd favorites at Tumbleweeds gigs. Listen below and get it on BUTR Vol. 9: Americana for Hipsters I.

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