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Meet the Band: Small Sur

Hometown Baltimore

Members Bob Keal, guitar and vocals; Austin Stahl, percussion; Jamie Saltsman, double bass; Andy Abelow, saxophone and banjo; Julianne Nelson, background vocals

Founded 2004

Style Ambient folk

Influenced by Will Oldham, Nick Drake

Notable Last August, Small Sur released its debut full-length album, We Live in Houses Made of Wood. Keal, the primary songwriter, said he looks to the sunny West Coast and the outdoors for musical inspiration.

Quotable "Being outdoors makes me remember to slow down and allow time for growth and change in my life and in the music," Keal said. "I think that's something I focus on in general. It's natural for me to apply it to music."

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