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Dent May

Singer, songwriter, musician and co-founder of Cats Purring Dude Ranch from Jackson, Mississippi

http://www.dentmay.com/

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As he begins work on his fourth album, Jackson native Dent May has already begun to plan his next tour. His third album to be released on Animal Collective's Paw Tracks label, "Warm Blanket," took May and his band to far-away locales like Zagreb, Croatia, and Shanghai, China.

"I want to go to places I've never been before," May said. "I want to go everywhere. I just saw 'Interstellar' the other day. We may not limit our shows to Earth."

It's with that same sense of wanderlust that May accepted an invitation last December to play at the Huanding Awards in Shanghai. To the surprise of May and his band mates, they took home the title of "best new international band."...

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Credit to: Jacob Threadgill, The Clarion-Ledger

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/life/2014/11/12/jackson-artist-amps-worldwide-presence/18942553/

Credit to: PawTracksRecords


Dent May just sent us his new video for “Best Friend,” a psyched-out, hazy affair directed by James Alexander Warren. The video was shot on location in Jackson, Mississippi, which looks like a magical wonderland compared to the urban jungle we rest our heads in. Dent is from Mississippi, and you can hear it in his voice, and all over his new record Do Things, which comes out June 12 on the Animal Collective-affiliated label Paw Tracks. You should probably pick up the record - head here to pre-order it.

We’d been hearing a bunch of great things about Cats Purring, the fertile scene around Oxford that orbits the 5000-square-foot barn that Dent calls home. The scene's nurtured May and a ton of our other favorite bands, so we called up Dent to learn more about what’s going on over there...

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Credit to: Ben Shapiro, Noisey

http://noisey.vice.com/blog/we-interviewed-dent-may-about-the-cats-purring-scene-in-oxford-ms

Credit to: Noisey


Oxford, Mississippi might not appear to be the breeding ground for one of this summer’s indie-pop zeitgeist jams, but Dent May and his new album Do Things (Paw Tracks, 06/12) seem to be floating the river at a different pace than the rest of us. Signed to Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks label while the group was in Oxford recording Merriweather Post Pavilion, Dent May has become a self-sufficient creative outlet. May played every part on Do Things and recorded it at his home, the Cats Purring Dude Ranch. So who can really fault him for moving at his own stride? At a base level, the songs on Do Things may harness floating rays of folly and playful irresponsibility, but at their core, these are expressive therapy sessions for May...

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Credit to: David Ward, Impose Magazine

http://www.imposemagazine.com/features/the-guiltless-pleasure-of-dent-may

Credit to: PawTracksRecord


Dent May looked at the six industrial-size trash bags in his closet and worried about the task at hand for Goodwill.

"They're going to have to spend a lot of time sorting through capes and a lot of extra-small band T-shirts," May said. "No one buys extra small."...

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Credit to: Jacob Threadgill, The Clarion-Ledger

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/life/2015/01/02/dent-may-leaves-legacy-oxfords-dude-ranch/21198033/

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