DEADMAN started in 1999 by Steven Collins as avenue to explore his songwriting. Having changed from a 4 person format to a duo to a 6 piece band, the sound and message of Collins' songs remain the same. Hope, mercy, and themes of life and death are staples of the DEADMAN catalog which includes 4 albums over ten years, "Paramour" (2001), "Our Eternal Ghosts" (2004), "Severe Mercy" (2008), "Live A...t The Saxon Pub" (2010) and "Take Up Your Mat and Walk" (2011).
The DEADMAN band consists of Steven Collins on vocal and guitar joined by a host of seasoned Austin musical veterans: Jacob Hildebrand on electric guitar and backing vocal, Kevin McCollough on acoustic guitar and backing vocal, Matthew Mollica on hammond B3 organ and accordion, Kyle Schneider on drums.
DEADMAN is currently spot-lighting "Take Up Your Mat and Walk", their latest soon-to-be-released record and is turning ears and heads right and left with their original but familiar sound that harkens back to the best of The Band, Van Morrison, The Byrds, The Faces and Early Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.
Some critics at recent shows have said:
"The ordinary fellow might tell his friends that you will love this record if you liked “O Brother Where Art Thou?” And that might well be true … but I have been in the presence of Levon Helm, and this is the real thing."
"Universal themes, great harmonies … no wonder the houseful of musicians swishing free beer and chatting each other up just stopped doing anything else but listening intently to DEADMAN." The band is quickly reclaiming its spot as one of the essential pioneers of modern American music.