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The Mighty Deer Lick

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The Mighty Deerlick was originally formed many, many years ago as the Slow Pedestrians in La Crosse, Wisconsin by Dave Reinholdt and Dan Franke. They briefly changed their name to Pigs in a Blanket which resulted in a flurry of songwriting – many of those songs are still enjoyed by Deerlick fans to this day – before changing back to the Slow Peds. After their first paying gig, they took the money and went to Madison to see The Ramones.

Being virtually the only punk band in town, they eventually had prestigious opening slots on shows by the many local and touring bands that drifted from the Twin Cities ‘cross the Big Muddy to La Crosse, including the Replacements (who they booked using bassist Pat Holbrook’s student loan), Soul Asylum and Austin, Texas’ True Believers. The Truebs mentioned a new music festival in Austin called “South by Southwest” and said “you guys should come down and play it.” Sounded good to the Peds, so they did. Rumors that they were the first band ever to play SXSW have proven to be untrue. (In the old days, SXSW started on Wednesday night, took Thursday off for the Austin Music Awards, and resumed on Friday.) They were in fact the first band to play on Friday.

Eventually the bright lights and big beers of Milwaukee drew them to the coastal side of the state where they found many kindred spirits (both people and booze).

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