Local band featured on Late Night with David Letterman


By Sam Votaw, Staff Contributor

DeLand band Roadkill Ghost Choir made their national television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman two weeks ago.

The six piece indie-folk outfit performed the song ‘Beggar’s Guild’ off their 2012 EP “Quiet Light” in a show that featured actor Don Cheadle and comedian Myq Kaplan.

Lead singer Andrew Shepard explained via email that the opportunity was one to remember.

“It was pretty surreal to be honest,” he said. “The staff is incredibly accommodating and helpful which is important when you’re dealing with nervous people. We were busy setting up most of the time we were at the studio so there wasn’t a lot of free time to explore.”

Shepard revealed that being in front of a national audience was “a bizarre experience.”

“All of us were extremely nervous. I haven’t been nervous to play a show for a few years but when the situation finally hit me, I felt sick.” Shepard said. “I don’t remember much of the performance because I was running on pure adrenaline.”

Talks of the appearance incurred several months ago by the band’s booking agency, Madison House Inc.“Our management handled the booking. We, as a band, had very little to do with that process.  We first heard that it might happen back in October 2013 but it wasn’t confirmed until a week before the taping.” Shepard stated. “We were all pretty shocked when we heard it was actually going to happen.”

The group’s performance had the band’s hometown family and friends excited.

“Everyone has been incredibly supportive of us. It was weird seeing everyone get excited about it. It just added to the pressure of the whole thing for us. We’re beyond grateful for all of the good vibes people were sending us though,” Shepard said.

Roadkill Ghost Choir is currently recording their debut album at North Avenue Studios in Orange City and will be touring with Caveman in February. The tour will be making two stops in Florida: Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Club Downunder, Florida State University in Tallahassee and Thursday, Feb. 20 at The Orpheum in Tampa.