North Americans are a duo from Los Angeles and Portland.


In support of April’s Long Cool World—released on Third Man Records and hailed as “top-drawer ambient Americana” by UncutNorth Americans will embark on their first tour ever this November. Opening for comedian Petey, North Americans will find themselves playing their first shows in NYC, DC, Toronto, and more east coast spots before returning to the west for a December date at LA’s Fonda Theatre. All dates are on sale now, and will feature guitarist and North Americans principal Patrick McDermott with guest player Joel Williams on synths and guitars.


“Remaining steadfast in their own dharma of ‘simple music,’ McDermott and Walker unfold Long Cool World slowly, stretching time nearly to the point of dissolve, and usher new melodies like spring crocuses after a thaw.” —Aquarium Drunkard

“‘Classic Water,’ from Long Cool World out April 7, reassesses the duo's musical relationship. Gone are the guests that filled out the edges of [North Americans'] previous albums and, with it, a wallpapering sense of ambient layering. Instead, McDermott's fingerpicking bucks along at a low hum as Walker's pedal steel ornaments dots of melody. Everything's as gentle as a sunkissed stream, but the synths gurgling ominously just below the surface tint the go-easy atmosphere." —NPR

"As North Americans, guitarists Patrick McDermott and Barry Walker come together to conjure earthy, Western vibes—the type of music that could score a hypothetical Alejandro Jodorowsky movie set in the Texas desert... Over the course of nine tracks, delicate pedal steel flourishes blossom and wither atop dubbed-out strums and intricate fingerpicking." —Bandcamp

"If the hazy state between dreaming and waking had a score, then it would sound like North Americans." —Relix

"ambient, spacey, reverberating instrumentals drenched in pedal steel guitar" —Boston Globe

"The last couple of records from North Americans have all been meditatively gorgeous essentials, but they seem to be setting the stage for the inviting ache of Long Cool World." —Raven Sings the Blues

North Americans on tour:
Nov 03 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West*
Nov 04 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Back Room*
Nov 05 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*
Nov 07 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer*
Nov 09 New York, NY – Irving Plaza*
Nov 10 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw*
Nov 11 Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes*
Nov 12 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club*
Nov 14 Toronto, ON – The Opera House*
Nov 15 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues*
Nov 16 Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar*
Nov 18 Cincinnati, OH – Top Cats*
Nov 19 Indianapolis, IN – Hi-Fi Indy*
Dec 06 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda*
* w/ Petey