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With their penchant for all things frontier (exhibited in their predilection for wearing faux Native American face paint), State Bird followed in the footsteps of other quirky, "themed" indie acts like Sufjan Stevens, whose interest in marching bands and the 50 states immediately comes to mind, as well as so-called "freak folk" acts like Devendra Banhart and Vetiver. State Bird are essentially the songwriting project of Coby Hartzler and Jared Riblet, who are joined by a rotating cast of supporting musicians who include the likes of Nate Quinn, Ryan Straits, Matt Garver, Marcie Lorens, Joe Weaver, and Caleb Winn Ash10 Tullar. The band self-released its debut album, Marching Thru the Wilderness, in 2006. State Bird were picked up by The Record Machine for their second studio full-length, Mostly Ghostly. The album hit stores in 2008. ~ Margaret Reges