Lyrics from Country MileDiamond Rugs is an indie artist collaboration headed by Deer Tick mastermind John McCauley. Sporting more than just a country-esque sound, the band includes guitarist McCauley, Deer Tick bandmate and bassist Robbie Crowell, Black Lips guitarist Ian Saint Pé, Los Lobos keyboardist Steve Berlin, Dead Confederate guitarist Hardy Morris and Six Finger Satellite drummer Bryan Dufresne. Of course, this musician salad bowl is more than just a name game. The band recorded in Nashville, having started out in late 2011 as McCauley’s side project to record a track with some friends and favorites he met during his career. In an unexpected turn of events, Diamond Rugs released a full-length self-titled debut through Partisan Records in 2012 that features a different take on R&B, romance and booze. Backed by producers, Middle Brother’s Adam Landry and Deer Tick’s Justin Collins, the Diamond Rugs recently performed on the Late Show with David Letterman in June 2012.