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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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