Before meeting in January of 2014, Luke Dierker was working to become a college football coach, while Morgan Manson was working toward a meteorology degree at The University of Missouri. Music had always played an important role in their lives, and while they worked toward professional goals, they both felt that they needed to make music a priority. As luck would have it, the two also happened to swipe right on one another on the popular app, Tinder. After talking for a few weeks, the pair decided to get together and see if they had any musical chemistry. Minutes after meeting each other, they sang Poison and Wine by The Civil Wars. Their vocal chemistry was immediately apparent.
Within a few weeks, Luke and Morgan began to write and perform under the name A Simple Exchange. The two played shows extensively in Missouri, opening for acts such as Judah and the Lion, The Harmed Brothers, and Pageant. By 2015, A Simple Exchange had been named one of the top 10 bands in Columbia, Missouri by Inside Columbia Magazine. In 2016, Luke and Morgan released their first full length album under the name A Simple Exchange with Catherine Sandstedt on viola and Daniel Blake on drums. A few months later, Dierker and Manson were married, and the duo moved to Austin, TX where they currently reside.
Their latest project, yet to be released, was recorded with producer Billy Smiley in Nashville, TN. Fittingly, this project was mixed by Richie Biggs, sound engineer for The Civil Wars. The project is scheduled for release in 2017.