Born in Port Angeles, Washington in 1990, Asher Deaver first picked up a guitar at the age of twelve, teaching 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 spent most of his early life traveling around the western half of the United States, never truly settling in one place, though spending much of his time in Elko, NV and Tucson AZ.
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 AZ and at the River Jones Music folk festivals, held in Phoenix.
He also began collaborating with other artists, including Michelle Blades (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.
In may of 2013 Asher was diagnosed with a brain tumor in his temporal lobe as well as epilepsy. By early august he had undergone a successful eight hour awake brain surgery, though he suffered heavily from memory loss and impaired speech. After going through a rigorous eight months of speech therapy and chemotherapy he began singing and writing songs again. By late 2014 he had released a live solo Ep titled My Darling Live Sessions as well as gone into the studio to record his second full length album titled Manifest. Manifest is by far the most mature album of his career, cementing his name as one of the most respected songwriters in Seattle. Pedal Steel is featured heavily throughout the record as well as fiddle, harmonica and vocal harmonies. Bass, drums and piano add an element of country/rock, reminiscent of Whiskeytown, Steve Earl and Drive By Truckers. In a recent interview Asher says 'lyrically, the album relies heavily on personal accounts of my childhood in the southwest, time spent in a hospital bed, lost and gained relationships and the unfortunate realization of my own mortality.'
Manifest was released to the public on February 11th of 2015.
MY DARLING LIVE SESSIONS
ASHER DEAVER & HORSEFINGER