Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold hail from the Arizona desert. After moving to Phoenix from Kansas, Jesse Gray met Phoenix-born Tyler Matock, and the two began playing music together, blending a mutual love of influences ranging from the Avett Brothers to Lightnin Hopkins, Langhorne Slim to Roscoe Holcomb, and Woody Guthrie to the Meteors, with their own unique styles and songwriting. Naming themselves Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold after a Townes Van Zandt song about a wild game of five card stud, they played their first show in early 2012. Quickly gaining the attention of fans and musicians alike, they were soon playing shows with artists such as Shovels and Rope, Sean Bonnette of Andrew Jackson Jihad, Langhorne Slim, Reverend Peyton's Big damn Band, Elephant Revival, Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World, Scott H. Biram, Junior Brown, William Elliott Whitmore, Those Darlins, HoneyHoney, Hot Buttered Rum, Possessed by Paul James, Split Lip Rayfield, Audra Mae, and JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers. Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold stepped into the studio with recording whiz Jalipaz Nelson of Audioconfusion, resulting in their self-titled debut album slated for release later this year. The album runs the gamut from hard driving melodic folk, to dirty suitcase-drum-infused acoustic rock, to haunting a capella numbers, to banjo-driven pop, to soul-infused updates of 1940s acoustic blues.