Born in Port Angeles, Washington in 1990, Asher Deaver first picked up a guitar at the age of twelve, to teach himself to play “Jesse’s Girl.” But it wasn’t long before his malleable mind was infested by Bob Dylan’s legendary Blood on the Tracks, carving out his fate as a guitar-playing folk singer. Asher’s upbringing imparted onto him the best parts of the ‘60s and ‘70s counter-culture lifestyle. He quickly grew into a deliberate and skilled musical craftsman, developing a uniquely modern sound inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Paul Simon, James Taylor, and Don McLean.
An entirely self-taught guitarist, Asher soon began working vocals, banjo, and harmonica into his repertoire. A move in his mid teens to the drastically different southwest introduced an Americana element to his aesthetic, and Asher continued writing, playing, and recording his music in his simple, bedroom-built studio.
In 2006, Asher met and began playing shows with Courtney Marie Andrews, (solo folk artist, Jimmy Eat World,) and in 2007 he signed to the Phoenix-based River Jones Music label. Over the next few years he continued to pursue his solo career, playing shows around the state and at the River Jones Music folk festivals, held in Phoenix.
He also began collaborating with other artists, including Michelle Blades (of the band, North Dakota,) and Michael Celi (Acid Tiger, The Bled.) He added guitar, banjo and vocal tracks to several of Courtney Marie Andrews’ albums, and recorded a handful of limited-released singles with her as well. During this period, he self-released his first EP, A Feather In Your Cap, and began opening for larger national acts, such as Slow Club and the Supersuckers.
In 2008 he met Jonathan Berry and Thomas Thorp of The Pioneers Of Prime Time TV. He became good friends with, and an occasional member of the band, often touring and recording with them and Courtney Marie Andrews. Their 2010 “Busking Tour” was recorded and released as a full-length documentary titled, Releasing The Documents, in 2012.
2008 also saw the formation of Asher Deaver and Horsefinger, with Christopher Pierce playing bass, and Tom Beech on drums. In 2011 Asher released his first full-length album with the band, a ten-song collection of vivid stories told through thoughtful lyrics and folk-inspired guitar.
In 2011 Asher returned to the Pacific Northwest, this time settling in Seattle, and began working with Carson Hughes of Portland-based My Darling Records. He continued to play with the also-relocated Courtney Marie Andrews, and added the new sound of Dillon Warnek to the mix, occasionally playing with his band, the Dismal Tide.
2013 sees Asher returning to the studio to begin the process of recording a new solo album, and hopefully more touring in the not-so-distant future.
ASHER DEAVER & HORSEFINGER