The Pinkerton Raid

For fans of:The National, The Head & the Heart, Lord Huron, Dr. Dog, The War on Drugs

Slotting at grassroots festivals from Appalachia to the Atlantic Coast, The Pinkerton Raid pushes at the borders of folk, Americana and indie pop. Songwriter Jesse James DeConto grew up in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, with his dad’s guitar and his mom’s FM radio tuned to Soulsville, the Village, Liverpool and Laurel Canyon. Those inheritances mingle with the foothills folk and alt-country of his chosen home of Durham, N.C. 

Critics have heard echoes of disparate influences, from Neil Young and The Band, to Wilco, The National, Sharon Van Etten and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. Drummer Scott McFarlane and bassist Jon Depue can bring anything from a driving thunder to a skittering indie groove, and you never know when McFarlane might add some harmonies or sound his trumpet while keeping the beat with three limbs. AMERICANA UK calls the songs “anthemic.” Observed THE ALTERNATE ROOT, “The Pinkerton Raid celebrates the human race as one community … [with] vignettes that search for meaning in the length of a song.” “You won’t be able to stop humming,” said NO DEPRESSION.

The Pinkerton Raid has shared stages with Illiterate Light, The Ballroom Thieves, Noah Gundersen, Lowland Hum, and The Collection, whose songwriter David Wimbish produced the band’s fourth full-length album WHERE THE WILDEST SPIRITS FLY with Jeff Crawford at Arbor Ridge Studio. Back-to-back releases in 2017 & 2018 brought the band from Charleston to Chicago to Brattleboro, Vt., with slots at the Festival for the Eno and Shakori Hills, a session at DAYTROTTER and critical acclaim from PASTE, POPDOSE, AQUARIAN WEEKLY and more.      

Jesse’s latest batch of songs, due on record in 2020, mines the intimate relationships of lovers, parents, children, siblings and dear friends, puzzling over how we live with one another across distances, real and imagined, imposed upon us and those we impose upon ourselves.