Money & King’s two alternating front-men, composers, and co-producers of this album, James Sparber (acoustic guitar) and Brandon Goldstein (drums), played in bands together while growing up in the small town of Vienna, VA. After high school they parted ways to play music on opposite coasts: James, in Brooklyn, formed indie band Breakup Breakdown (Cordless/Warner) and (twice NYITA-nominated) avant-garde collective Colonna Sonora, while Brandon spent ten years in Los Angeles playing drums with Merle Jagger and other bands in LA’s indie folk and country scene. Upon Brandon moving to Brooklyn in 2010, the two reunited friends formed Money & King with bassist and back-up singer John Loggins.
After two years of refining their sound playing live shows in New York and New Jersey, the band began work on their first full-length album, Across The Cul-De-Sac, an eclectic collection of ‘60s- and ‘70s-influenced indie-Americana songs driven by James and Brandon’s signature emphasis on interesting melodies and vocal harmonizing. Recorded by James Sparber at his Colonna Sonora Studio in Brooklyn, mixed by Anthony Puglisi at SENTRALL Sound in LA, the album features stunning leads and guest performances from such musicians as Tyler Cash (Henry Wolfe) on piano, Sean O’Brien (PAPA) on lap steel and mandolin, and LA country/jazz vocalist Kathleen Grace (Fleeting Heart). Across The Cul-De-Sac also features guest appearances from Jeff Mensch and Brady Bagger (Colonna Sonora), who have both since joined as full-time members of the band. Money & King’s live line-up also includes James Sweitzer on mandolin and electric guitar, with guest appearances from Wyatt Tuzo (percussion and lap steel) and Allie Langerak (vocals).