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Washington DC, United States (2006 – present)

These United States is a musical group from Washington DC and Lexington, KY, founded in 2006. It’s made up of songwriter and bandleader Jesse Elliott, pedal steel and electric guitarist J. Tom Hnatow, drummer and vocalist Robby Cosenza, guitarist and keyboardist Justin Craig, and bassist and vocalist Colin Kellogg. The band released two albums in 2008, one in 2009, and one in 2010, all via Colorado-based record label United Interests. In the four years since their formation, TUS has played 700 shows across the United States, United Kingdom, and northern Europe, appearing at South by Southwest, CMJ Music Marathon, and Lollapalooza in the U. S., and the UK’s Glastonbury Festival.

TUS’ debut album, “A Picture of the Three of Us at the Gate to the Garden of Eden,” was recorded by Elliott and producer David Strackany (known to the music world as Paleo) in Elgin, IL, Iowa City, IA, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, IL. The album features musical cameos by a large supporting cast — notably, Saadat Awan, Dan D’Avella, Dave Hahn, and early TUS collaborator Mark Charles, now of Vandaveer. “Picture” was mixed and mastered by Chad Clark of Beauty Pill and T.J. Lipple of Aloha at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, VA, and released on March 4, 2008. Track ‘First Sight’ had its UK debut on BBC Radio 6 on July 14, 2008, and the album as a whole enjoyed favorable reviews from The Austin Chronicle, Alternative Press, The Village Voice, and others.

“Crimes,” the group’s second album, was recorded in Lexington, KY at Shangri-La Studios, 6 weeks after the release of “Picture.

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