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Widely recognized as the frontman of The Decemberists, indie folk musician Colin Meloy has long lured fans with his catchy songs and contemplative sound. Providing smooth, relaxed vocals paired with his musical talents on the guitar, Meloy is known for tackling idiosyncratic subject matter using an ambitious vocabulary in his work. While Meloy often covers songs by artists such as Morrissey, Sam Cooke and the Kinks, he also original material.
Colin Meloy's background
Meloy discovered his taste for folk and indie music early on. While attending high school in his home state of Montana in the early '90s, he founded his first band, Happy Cactus, with three of his friends. While pursuing a degree in creative writing at the University of Montana in 1996, he met the musicians whom he would eventually recruit as members of Tarkio, Meloy's second band. After graduation, he moved to Portland, where he hoped to make it in the music scene. By 2000 he had met Nate Query, Jenny Conlee and other future members of The Decemberists to form the band for which he would be most known in the musical world.
It was not until 2005 that Meloy embarked on his first solo tour to promote his six-song EP, Colin Meloy Sings Morrissey, which was exclusively comprised of Morrissey covers. In 2008, Colin Meloy Sings Live! captured live performances of many of Meloy's original songs, including selections from The Decemberists' repertoire as well as an old Tarkio song and some new offerings.
Colin Meloy as a writer
While Meloy is known primarily as a musician, his early interest in creative writing was by no means sacrificed in favor of his musical career. Collaborating with his wife, Carson Ellis, he has released several books in their children's fantasy series The Wildwood Chronicles. The books have been met with critical acclaim and have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List.
Meloy has also contributed a title to the collaborative 33 1/3 series, each installment of which focuses on a single musical album. His offering, Let It Be, released in 2004, focuses on the 1984 album of the same name by The Replacements.
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