Since brothers Tony and Chris Kountoupis started the band in 2008, songwriting has been at the core of Bayou Black. After playing in bands in South Louisiana and Austin, Texas from the late 90’s through the mid 2000’s, they were ready to start something new. “Some of the music we were making in prior projects relied pretty heavily on a full band to make the songs translate the right way. We wanted to have music that could sound great with just an acoustic guitar and vocal.” It was time to start fresh with new material, keep it simple, but write great melodies with depth to the lyrics. “Bob Dylan and Uncle Tupelo were big influences for us at the time, so we wanted to add that folky vibe to the music.” Anchoring down the bass was their longtime bandmate Sevon Moore. They started Bayou Black as an acoustic trio, but expanded to a 4-piece after reconnecting with drummer Jeff Brickley. Jeff played shows with the band in 2010 and laid down tracks on their first EP release Strangled up in Vines, but moved to California shortly afterwards.