The New Maps formed in 2011 in Austin, Texas with Michael Hill (Slobberbone, 12lb.Test) on guitar and vocals, Paul Grotevant (The 145s) on bass and vocals, and Jeff Olson (Emily Wolfe, Kinky Machine) on drums. The band released its 11-song debut, "These Parts," in early 2012. In addition to original songs by Hill and inspired performances by the band, "These Parts" features guest vocals from vocalist Kim Vance Baker (Marmalade, Mudville Nine) and a re-imagined version of Bruce Springsteen's epic 'Badlands.' In 2013, The New Maps released their second full-length effort, "Secret Country." Possessed of a more muscular sound than its predecessor and featuring guest performances from cellist Dylan Rieck (Balmorhea), "Secret Country" showcases the band's range while underscoring its devotion to sturdy, melodic songcraft and organic production values.