Paola Suhonen and Olli Happonen
Paola spent her childhood wearing Laredo jeans by his father’s factory, dreaming of the red-haired raspberry boy and endless road trips. Olli listened through his big brother’s rock’n’roll albums, had a close deer friend living in a forest and knew that Paola existed there somewhere.
Many years had to go by, so much vague longing to endure, miles to pass and seasons to flow, until those who once knew each other were finally rejoined.
While waiting Paola directed her feature films, wrote children´s books and founded Ivana Helsinki. During the years Ivana Helsinki became the most recognized Scandinavian Art and Design house. In the meanwhile Olli has been working with producer Gordon Raphael on a Rock Band mission, New Silver Girl.
Olli and Paola met and out of this encounter, the very next day, in the summer of 2016, Lone Deer Laredo folk duo was born.
The Jeans Factory girl met the boy of the Capricorn highways.
13.3.2019 Finnish House Party, SXSW Unofficial, Austin, TX
25.5.2019 Ivana Helsinki House, Helsinki, Finland
The artistic, subtle and delicate music based on classic songwriting combines elements from slavic-scandinavian imagery and americana-tinted road trip moments. Visuality plays an important role in the duo’s musical-filmographic universe.
Lone Deer Laredo is all about loveland ballads, songs of the solitude, melodies from the dark magic forests, light cotton fields, and the enchanting charm of the highways. Once wounded days of the lonely ones, powerful stories of conquests and the endless curiosity of the adventurers all come together in the songs.
Lone Deer Laredo has played their visually acclaimed boutique gigs at several venues in Finland, Japan, Europe and New York. Their universe has been compared to a moment where “David Lynch, Aki Kaurismäki and Björk meets. It´s a summer night union of Nancy Sinatra and Gram Parsons”.
Lone Deer Laredo performed three special shows at SxSW 2018 festival in Austin, USA.
They recorded their first Album, vol.1 (out of series of 7) In Nashville, Tennessee in December 2018 with legendary producer Brad Jones (Josh Rouse, Dolly Parton etc.).
Lone Deer Laredo worked on their first album with musicians like Chris Carmichael (Lionel Richie, Taylor Swift) and Jim Hoke (Emmylou Harris, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, The Beach Boys, Joan Baez).
The album will be released by Ivana Helsinki Records in March 2019.