As I mentioned in the last post about Deep Chatham, it was obvious after just a few seconds that guitarist Julian Sikes and bassist Jeff Loops were immensely talented performers. The performance that sold me on the duo was “Hard To Find,” a rollicking, upbeat, gritty, sarcastic, ironic and otherwise difficult-to-categorize tune. For whatever reason, “Hard To Find” doesn’t appear on their outstanding Words From The Well album, making it, well … hard to find.
By the time encountered Loops and Sikes, they’d already started working with Matt Heckler, having crossed paths with him a world away in the tiny town of Talkeetna, Alaska. I’m not entirely sure, but I suspect that Heckler only came to town because of Deep Chatham, bringing fellow busker Trevor Grassi with him later that year. Considering that Heckler and Grassi were two of the most visible and successful buskers on the streets of Asheville that year, it’s surprising to me that I didn’t actually see more of Deep Chatham, and never actually saw the full trio play together.