JOHN DEER was formed in the summer of 2005 by five good friends and musicians who share the love and feeling of country music. Having played in several successful bands and musical projects in Europe and Australia, JOHN DEER have developed a style of Modern Country, blending great vocal harmonies with fine acoustic strumming, lightning fast finger pickin' to swampy steel and electric guitars, a rock solid bass and drums rhythm section and tasteful flowing piano melodies.

In November 2005 JOHN DEER decided to go into the studio and cut their first album. Together with good friend and renowned producer Andreas Frei from Frei Audio in Klagenfurt Austria, the outcome is GONE COUNTRY, with ten great tracks including new original material. The album is honest and true, powerful and also moving, and shows their vast experience as vocalists, players and song writers.

Having the pleasure of working with special guests Hamlet Fiorilli (piano) and Andrea Ogris (vocals) on the album, their input has helped put a fantastic edge to the final product.

JOHN DEER'S next album will be released in early 2014, and with tours planned for many venues and festivals across Europe in the near future (keep your eyes on the tour date section!), the boys from JOHN DEER look forward to seeing you at one of their shows for some heart breaking ballads, country classics, great music and good vibes !!!
Line up
Brett Reid: Lead vocals, bass
Zodiac sign: Aquarius
Born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Brett ReidMusical influences: Country, Rock, Rythm and Blues, Australian surf music - Midnight Oil, Matt Finish, Cold Chisel, Kevin Borich Express, DV8

Best musical experience: Too many to mention. Every gig is special, I always come away with great moments and memories. Wether it's 10 or 10,000, it's all about the music!

What I like most in life is being with my family, making music with my friends and being lucky enough to play to people who enjoy listening

Dolfi Kandler: drums, vocals
Zodiac sign: Libra
Born in Villach, Austria
Dolfi Kandler

Musical influences:
60s/70s Rock, 80s Pop (Police, Al Jarreau)

Best musical experience: Beomora, Big Red, Bluesbreakers, The Gang

What I like most in life is
being with my family and my animals, Hang Gliding and Hunting
Jörg Friessnegg: guitar
Zodiac sign: Gemini
Born in Feldkirchen, Austria
Jörg Friessnegg
Musical influences:
Ry Cooder, Mark Knopfler, Danny Gatton, J.Winter, J.Scofield, BB King

Best musical experiences: Concert in Beijing '89 in front of 15,000 people, Hit Yellow Moon concert in Austin, Texas Continental Club, Recording with Luther Allison...

What I like most in life is my son Moritz, drawing cartoons, gardening, motorbiking, my racing cycle, food
Dietmar Baumgartner: acoustic guitars, vocals
Zodiac sign: Scorpio
Born in Klagenfurt, Austria
Dietmar Baumgartner

Musical influences:
AC/DC, Hendrix, Deep Purple, Nirvana

Best musical experience: supporting BLUR with my former Band RUEDIGER

What I like most in life is being with my family, playing football and making music