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Diverse backgrounds in life and music could have taken Towne's Steevie Steeves and Jon Decious in two very different directions. Instead, their love of songwriting allowed for their paths to cross. "Jon was a breath of fresh air. We were two peas in a pod. We're really fortunate to have developed the friendship we have. We definitely have each other's backs," says Steeves. Their stylistic collision has resulted in Towne's unconventional sound - demonstrated in the duo's upcoming releases. "His punk country mixed with my pop soulness is a very interesting dynamic, and it is what it is. It's definitely different."
With Steeves from Pennsylvania and Decious from Tennessee by way of Kentucky, the two came from vastly different musical backgrounds - the only similarity being their affinity for the art form itself. "I was in a punk rock band called the Pink Spiders when I was younger," says Decious. Though successful (the band found a spot on the Geffen Records roster), Decious found his more natural placement in country band Dixie Whiskey alongside friends and fellow musicians Kelby Ray Caldwell (Cadillac Three), Dillon Napier (drummer, Margo Price) and artist Caitlin Rose. "Everyone was like, 'well, if we want to start a band, we have to write songs.' We wound up writing an EP, which was written up by the Nashville Scene as one of the best releases in Nashville that year along with Paramore and Kings of Leon… None of it was remotely planned." With that, Decious found a new love in songwriting.
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