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Background information
OriginWashington D.C., United States
GenresIndie folk[1]
Alternative rock
LabelsSupply and Demand Music
Alter K Records
WhiteSpace Records
Associated actsAlejandro Escovedo, The Jayhawks, Vashti Bunyan, Bon Iver, The Apparitions

Mark Charles Heidinger
Rose Guerin
J. Tom Hnatow
Robby Cosenza

Justin Craig

Vandaveer is an American, Louisville, KY-based indie-folk musical project, spearheaded by singer-songwriter Mark Charles Heidinger. Vandaveer has released five albums and three EPs since 2007, touring extensively throughout the US and Europe, logging over 1200 shows to date.[2]


  • 1 History
  • 2 Discography
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


Vandaveer began performing as a solo artist in late 2006, releasing his debut record, Grace & Speed, in the spring of 2007 on the now-defunct DC label, Gypsy Eyes Records. Rose Guerin began singing with Vandaveer in mid-2007 and has been a permanent fixture since. Robby Cosenza, Justin Craig and J. Tom Hnatow (all formerly of These United States) are regular collaborators with Vandaveer both in the studio and on stage. 2009 saw the release of Vandaveer's second full-length LP, Divide & Conquer, on the Supply & Demand Music label in the US[3] and Alter K Records in Europe.

In 2010, Vandaveer self-released the five-song EP, A Minor Spell, a stark, lo-fi homemade recording centered largely around the vocal pairing of Heidinger and Guerin.

In April 2011, the band released their third full-length record, entitled Dig Down Deep, again via Supply & Demand Music and Alter K Records.

Vandaveer's fourth full-length LP, Oh, Willie Please... was released in April 2013, via Quack Media. The album, featuring J. Tom Hnatow on dobro, piano, pedal steel and acoustic guitar and Phillips Saylor on clawhammer banjo and acoustic guitar, is a collection of traditional folk songs, mostly murder ballads and songs of self-ruin, and was inspired in part by the band's participation in The 78 Project in December, 2011.

On February 16, 2016, Vandaveer released their fifth full-length LP, The Wild Mercury. Timothy Monger of AllMusic called The Wild Mercury "...perhaps his most personal and well-constructed collection yet." [4] Dylan Weller of Splash Magazine gave the album a score of 8/10 and said, "Their old-timey sound of angelic harmonies combined with hearty rustic guitar leads to a titillating production." [5]

Prior to Vandaveer, Heidinger was the primary vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for The Apparitions from Lexington, KY.

Vandaveer has been featured in Vincent Moon's La Blogotheque series of live music encounters, called Take Away Shows.[6] The video for "Pretty Polly," the first single from Oh, Willie, Please... stars David Yow (The Jesus Lizard, Scratch Acid) and Tricia Vessey, and was directed by long-time Vandaveer video & film collaborator Jared Varava.


  • Grace & Speed (2007)
  • Divide & Conquer (2009)
  • A Minor Spell (EP) (2010)
  • Dig Down Deep (2011)
  • XMSEP2012 (2012)
  • Oh, Willie, Please... (2013)
  • The Wild Mercury (2016)
  • Love Is Melancholy (EP) (2016)


  1. ^ "Vandaveer on Mountain Stage". Mountain Stage. NPR. 9 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 3, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Supply & Demand Music » PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND". Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  4. ^ "AllMusic Review by Timothy Monger". Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  5. ^ "Spill Album Review: Vandaveer – The Wild Mercury". Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  6. ^ "Vandaveer - La Blogothèque". 2008-11-17. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 

External links

  • Official website
  • AllMusic Page for Vandaveer
  • Album Review in PopMatters
  • Album Review in CrawDaddy! Magazine
  • Band Review in Paste Magazine

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