the Gary Newcomb Trio
Formed in Austin, Texas in 2007 and releasing their self titled debut in 2008, GNT is unique in their approach to the trio format. Along with bass and drums, the lead instrument is a 12-string Pedal Steel Guitar. Countless gigs in Austin since their formation fused the group into a tightly focused unit that doesn't rely upon an electric guitar to define its harmonic trajectory.
Bill, Brandon and Gary had all met and worked together years before GNT's formation as sidemen in different projects so when they joined forces, each had much to bring to the mix. The recordings are primarily based around Newcomb's songwriting while the Trio's live shows branch out in all directions.
Newcomb's resume includes recordings and touring with many artists including Bill Callahan, Kelly Willis, Richard Buckner, Okkervil River, Shearwater and Dave Gonzalez ( The Paladins & The Hacienda Brothers).
Desire, Leave Me Be is based in the GNT format of Bass, Drums and Pedal Steel but features an expanded sonic approach. Extra layers of steel guitar and vocals augment the otherwise simple arrangements.