Artist Releases

The Decemberists The Decemberists: A Practical Handbook KRS434 03/20/07
The Decemberists The Tain KRS372 07/12/05
The Decemberists Picaresque KRS245 03/22/05
The Decemberists Billy Liar KRS419 09/14/04
The Decemberists Her Majesty The Decemberists KRS375 09/09/03
The Decemberists Castaways and Cutouts KRS397 05/06/03

About The Decemberists

Led by Montana native Colin Meloy, the Decemberists craft theatrical, hyper-literate pop songs that draw heavily from late-'60s British folk acts like Fairport Convention and Pentangle and the early-'80s college rock grandeur of the Waterboys and R.E.M. The band's initial lineup also included drummer Ezra Holbrook, bassist Nate Query, keyboardist/accordionist Jenny Conlee, and multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk. Frontman Meloy had previously devoted some time to an alternative country group before breaking off to pursue his craft as a singer/songwriter in the city of Portland, a move that eventually led to the Decemberists' formation. Drawing influence from his degree in creative writing, he began fashioning a hybrid of literate lyrics and wide-ranging pop music, touching upon everything from Sandy Denny to Morrissey in the process.

Before Hush Records released the band's debut album in 2002, the Decemberists baited their initial fans with a five-track EP. Their full-length debut, Castaways and Cutouts, was re-released that same year on the Kill Rock Stars label, and the band began to accumulate a serious fan base. After adding organist and keyboardist Rachel Blumberg to the group, in 2003 the Decemberists released Her Majesty, another fine collection of theatrical indie pop with pastoral sensibilities that further cemented their growing reputation. One year later, a five-part epic EP entitled The Tain -- based on the eighth century Irish poem of the same name -- appeared, followed by the full-length Picaresque in 2005.

The group, which at this point consisted of Meloy, Conlee, Query, Funk, and drummer John Moen, made the move to the major leagues by signing with Capitol Records in advance of 2006's The Crane Wife, which managed to hit number 35 on the Billboard 200. The album also grabbed the attention of comedian/actor Stephen Colbert, who challenged Funk to a guitar solo competition during a live taping of his show, The Colbert Report. For their next project, the Decemberists tackled one of Meloy's most ambitious ideas to date: an honest to God rock opera. The Hazards of Love appeared in 2009, featuring a fantasy-filled story line as well as cameos from My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Lavender Diamond's Becky Stark, and My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden. In January 2011, the band unexpectedly topped the charts with The King Is Dead, a concise and rustic country-pop collection that featured guest appearances by Peter Buck and Gillian Welch.

Linda Seida, All Music Guide

Booking Info

North America
Kevin French
Paradigm Agency

Europe & Australia
Mike Greek
Creative Artists Agency


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Artist Info


  • Chris Funk
  • Colin Meloy
  • Jenny Conlee
  • Nate Query
  • John Moen

Past Members

  • Jesse Emerson
  • Rachel Blumberg
  • Petra Haden
  • Ezra Holbrook

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Upcoming Tour Dates

Tour Date City State/Prov Venue Name
03/30 Toronto ON Massey Hall [info]
04/01 Buffalo NY University of Buffalo - The Center for the Arts [info]
04/03 Boston MA House of Blues [info]
04/04 Boston MA House of Blues [info]
04/06 New York NY Beacon Theatre [info]
04/07 Philadelphia PA Academy of Music [info]
04/09 Charlotte NC The Fillmore [info]
04/10 Atlanta GA Tabernacle [info]
04/11 Atlanta GA Tabernacle [info]
04/13 Nashville TN Ryman Auditorium [info]
04/29 Mesa AZ Mesa Art Center [info]
04/30 San Diego CA Observatory North Park Theatre [info]
05/01 Berkeley CA Greek Theatre Berkeley [info]
05/02 Los Angeles CA Greek Theatre [info]
05/22 Bend OR Les Schwab Amphitheater [info]
05/24 Missoula MT Big Sky Brewery [info]
05/27 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre [info]
05/29 Papillon NE Sumtur Ampitheater [info]
05/30 St. Louis MO Peabody Opera House [info]
05/31 Columbus OH LC Pavilion [info]
06/01 Charlottesville VA Ntelos Wireless Pavilion [info]
06/03 Raleigh NC Red Hat Amphitheater [info]
06/04 Columbia MD Merriweather Post Pavillion [info]
07/10 Troutdale OR Edgefield [info]

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