Sound description: Simon and Garfunkel meet the Shins.
RIYL: Simon and Garfunkel, the Shins, Paul Simon, James Taylor, the Indigo Girls, Rufus Wainwright
- As I Hear It · Oct. 7, 2009
- "Sucker for Donuts" · Oct. 25, 2007
Inception: San Diego, 2006
Influences: Paul Simon, James Taylor, Emily Sailers, Elliott Smith, Rufus Wainwright
On the local scene since the late '90s, Derren Raser fronted the Derren Raser Band, which enjoyed a Monday night residency at the Bayou Bar and Grille in the Gaslamp from 2002 to 2004. In 2005, the Raser Band worked with Greg Laswell to release an album, King of I’ll Tell You Next Week.
Now a solo performer, Raser’s debut album Home in This Direction was released in 2009. Produced locally by Chris Hobson, guest players include Arnold McCuller (James Taylor Band), Rob Whitlock (Michael Brecker, Anthony Jackson), Bob Hoffnar (Hem), and newcomers like Daniel Rhine (Sara Bareillis) and Brandon Walters (Greg Laswell, Joshua Radin).
In 2008, Raser won a Hollywood Music Award for Best Male Vocalist, and his song “Fill Me Up” was nominated for a 2009 Hollywood Music in Media award. He and his wife Lisa also run a photography studio.
While touring in summer 2010, Raser opened for John Mayer in Cleveland, and for Hanson in St. Louis. Around the same time, he and his wife moved to St. Louis, with plans to still play San Diego on occasion. He returned January 5, 2011, for a Belly Up show with Michael Tiernan and Justin Froese also on the bill.
Raser moved back to San Diego in 2016, debuting his EP The Retelling that September.