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Sacramento, California country band Attwater signed with the independent production company and label, Twenty Ten Music in December of 2010. Grammy Award-winning producer Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars, Switchfoot), Sr. VP of A&R for Twenty Ten Music, discovered Attwater in a decidedly 21st century way – via Twitter.
Erika Attwater and Jonathan Richards, the songwriting team and principal members behind the band Attwater, got their start in a back room with nothing more than a guitar, a pad of paper and the simple desire to make good, honest music. After writing their first three songs, the duo decided to try them out on the local (Sacramento) open mic scene. To Erika and Jonathan’s surprise, the audience response was as overwhelmingly positive as their own, and Attwater was born. They penned a few more tunes, and spent the summer garnering fans and experience with over 60 performances in the Northern California area. Attwater began following Charlie Peacock on Twitter after seeing his producer credit on the hit folk/country act, The Civil Wars. Erika and Jonathan had already recorded a live acoustic album for free download, were faithfully playing gigs and doing what 21st century artists do – making the most of the social networks.
“I noticed Sacramento, California was the city on their Twitter follow,” says Peacock. “I got my start there and love the people of Nor Cal. The least I could do was check Attwater out, maybe send them a note of encouragement. Then I heard Erika’s amazing voice singing these great songs, and I thought: I’m the luckiest man in the world – I just found a diamond in my old backyard! I’m a big fan of Twitter right about now.”
In early January 2011, Peacock and Attwater began work on the band’s debut project. The recordings are a unique combination of modern country, classic rock ala Fleetwood Mac, bluegrass flavors, and the influence of singer-songwriter greats like Patty Griffin. The songwriting team of Erika Attwater and Jonathan Richards carry the record, with co-writing help from Nashville tunesmiths Luke Laird (Carrie Underwood), Sam Ashworth (Sixpence None The Richer), Ross Copperman (Thompson Square), Trent Dabbs, Matthew Perryman Jones and producer Peacock. The as of yet untitled debut recordings feature the fiddle and mandolin of Andy Leftwich (Ricky Skaggs), guitarist Jerry McPherson (Faith Hill), bassist Mark Hill (Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler), drummer Steve Brewster (Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich), and the pedal steel work of Bruce Bouton (Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum). Justin Niebank (Taylor Swift, Keith Urban) and Richie Biggs (George Strait, The Civil Wars) are mixing.
Attwater has filmed two music videos. “Never Gonna Happen” with director Jeremy Cowart (Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift) and “Daydreaming” with producer Charlie Peacock (Brooke Waggoner, Ten Out Of Tenn). The band’s first single is “Never Gonna Happen.”

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