Todd and the Fox / About This Artist

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Hometown: Santa Fe, NM

Label: Penguino Records

Management: The Penguino

Website: twitter.com

Sounds Like: The Black Keys, The White Stripes, Mumford and Sons, Robert Johnson, The Avett Brothers

Genre: Indie

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Todd & the Fox creates banjo-driven, award-winning, venue-shaking, roots-rock and electronic music.

A brand-spanking new debut album. A string of shows in South Korea. Performances throughout the Southwest, including SXSW. It's been a busy time for Todd and the Fox and it looks to get busier as the band continues to showcase its unique musical sound to places far and wide.

Emerging from the art-steeped, high desert crossroads of northern New Mexico, Todd & the Fox began as a side project for band members Todd Eric Lovato and Erik Sawyer in early 2011. The duo quickly found itself center stage and propelled to the forefront of the region's music scene, as audiences and music critics alike responded gleefully to the band's minimalist hybrid of dance-oriented roots, country, folk and electronic music.

“Todd & the Fox has an unforgettably awesome sound right out of the gate. Given the international hysteria surrounding indie duos (not to mention anything with an even slightly country/folk sound), it has a decent head start on the road to super-stardom,” wrote "Santa Fe Reporter's" Alex De Vore.

In the tradition of rustic and reckless American folk and blues, T&tF takes a fresh approach to its electro-country-roots sound, described by many fans as a hybrid between modern acts like The Black Keys and The White Stripes and the enigmatic backwoods sounds of The Carter Family and Robert Johnson.

“Todd & the Fox gets it right and seamlessly blends elements of roots music and elements of electro without sounding derivative,” "Pasatiempo" magazine's Rob DeWalt wrote.

More critical praise rolled in, as did the number of loyal audience members at T&tF shows, followed by performances in many of the area's top music venues and local festivals.

Keep in mind, all of this fanfare has arisen prior to the release of T&tF's full-length debut album. Like T&tF's live performance, the album is an exploration of dusty, dance-oriented songs written exclusively on a five-piece drum kit (Sawyer), five-string banjo, electronic music software Ableton Live and electronic bass pedals (Lovato). The album, scheduled for July, 2012, employs the studio mastery of both musician/producer Jono Manson (Blues Traveler, Bo Diddley, Taj Mahal, Bruce Springsteen) and engineer/producer Andrew Click (Roseann Cash, Bela Fleck, Ralph Stanley, T Bone Burnett).

Equal parts singer/songwriter, showman and music producer, Todd Eric Lovato has garnered a loyal musical following and critic accolades for his music production, as evidenced by five New Mexico Music Awards for songs ranging in style from Americana to hip-hop. A New England transplant, Erik Sawyer has established himself as a dynamic percussionist and lightning-fast bluegrass, folk and country guitar picker as part of Madrid, NM's Family Coal. Fresh off a recent win at the New Mexico Music Awards for the song “Blessed Christine” (Best Production in Americana, 2010), T&tF's unique blend of dust and neon is poised to make a lasting impression on U.S. and international audiences.


“Todd and the Fox is just damn good music, an infused boba smoothie of open-tuned banjo and percussion and weirdness that refuses to respect industry-defined boundaries.”
Rob DeWalt - Pasatiempo magazine

“Lovato's open-tuned banjo creates a drone that sounds ancient, beautifully compelling and just a little tragic. You could dig at the compositions for a long time and not get to the bottom of every note, phrase and lyric. They're sometimes incredibly warm, sometimes twisted. The band is more front porch than noisy club. More living room than auditorium. The album is earthy, but you can still dance to it. A very Southern word, “lawd,” popped out of my mouth on my first listen.”
Jim Phillips - Weekly Alibi

“There’s something about that banjo duo that just grooves, and frontman Todd Lovato’s killer slide guitar action was a sight to behold indeed.”
Alex de Vore - Santa Fe Reporter

“Somewhere along the Americana trail from Appalachia to Mississippi and up through the Río Grande Valley lie the origins of the sound that pulses in the room. It’s hard to imagine a banjo reshaping the chord progression of a Mexican folksong, but somehow it works...Todd and the Fox are central in the evolution of new a Latin music scene in New Mexico. They are part of a growing coterie of musicians that culls from a panoramic source of traditional influences to create expansive new sounds.”
Gabe Gomez - New Mexico Magazine

“Todd & the Fox has an unforgettably awesome sound right out of the gate. Given the international hysteria surrounding indie duos (not to mention anything with an even slightly country/folk sound), it has a decent head start on the road to super-stardom.”
Alex De Vore - Santa Fe Reporter

“Lovato, a singer/songwriter and talented multi-instrumentalist who not only plays banjo and electric bass, can also throw down stirring notes on the Dobro, lap-steel guitar, electric and acoustic guitars, (is) front and center with his own solo endeavor, Todd and the Fox.”
Nathalie Baret - Albuquerque Journal's Venue

“Bands and DJs have tried this sort of genre match up before...but few can pull it off without sounding half-baked and gimmicky. Todd and the Fox gets it right and seamlessly blends elements of roots music and elements of electro without sounding derivative.”
Rob DeWalt - Pasatiempo magazine (Santa Fe New Mexican)

“Todd & the Fox achieves a fresh blend of banjo riffs, subtle electronic experimentalism and country-ish rock ’n’ roll.”
Alex De Vore - Santa Fe Reporter

"...an experimental poppy-country-Americana duo Todd and the Fox, the musical brainchild of Todd Eric Lovato, formerly of funk act Felonious Groove Foundation."
Ramon Lovato - Santa Fe Reporter

“Todd’s performance combined banjo and organ pedals. His banjo playing was not typical, it was motivic and would make a Led Zepplin fan proud of the cool use of such a delightful instrument. Accompanied by his own bass work with the organ pedals, drums, and melodic vocals, his sound was a body mover.”
Alex Maryol - Alex Maryol (blog)

“Santa Feans Jacy Oliver, Todd E. Lovato, Jon Gagan, Bert Dalton and more received (New Mexico Music Awards) honors for their hard work, and they’ve done their city proud.”
Alex De Vore - Santa Fe Reporter

"I fucking love you struggling musicians" (while handing me a folded $100 bill).
Sean Penn

““Fantastic Planet” trades in the resounding horns, Latin rhythms and protracted compositions of past FGF albums for a more calculated approach, one focused on song writing, stringed instruments, vocal harmonies and tightly constructed songs.”
Brad Buck - New Mexico Free Press

"Some real veterans have also come forward this year. Brilliant producers and engineers like John Wall, Chuck Coulter, Larry Mitchell, Doug Geist, Andrew Click and Todd Eric Lovato...are a staple of this awards program."
2010 New Mexico Music Awards - newmexicomusicawards.com

“Maturity doesn't begin to describe the polished sound of Paper Tiger. The increased production pays dividends for every aspect of FGF's sound.”
Simon McCormack - The Weekly Alibi

“That was 'TuMan Presents...The Radio Alchemist', a group of venerable local artists...including Todd Eric Lovato, a much beloved musician around here.”
Carol Boss - KUNM 89.9 FM

“Thick with the funk that has been the foundation of FGF, “Paper Tiger,” a work born of 300 hours of studio time, also spans more musical genres than some bands explore in an entire career...Top on the list, though, is the psychedelic pop of “War and Love,” which may just be the furthest departure for the funksters.”
Ron Gonzales - Albuquerque Journal

“Veering from the Foundation's traditional embrace of funk-fusion breakdowns, up-tempo Latin beats, and jazz horns, Fantastic Planet presents a new collection of songs that put more focus on string arrangements, lyrical depth, and shrewd vocal harmonies.”
Rob DeWalt - Pasatiempo magazine

“Notice that banjo and other strings, including lap-steel guitar, lingering all over the album. The instruments lend the majority of Fantastic Planet's songs a sullen air.”
Rob DeWalt - Pasatiempo magazine

“The new disc is shorter and doesn’t feature saxophone or horn sections, but it does have acoustic guitar, slide guitar and banjo, which is all new for the band. The new disc, however, was born to a darker time for Felonious.”
Dan Mayfield - Venue magazine - Albuquerque Journal