They recorded Indigo, their first full-length album, in the summer of 2017. The following spring, they caught the attention of Kirk Pasich, President of Blue Élan Records. Kirk flew them to LA and signed them on the spot. With influences ranging from Angel Olsen to ABBA to The National, Indigo will be released in fall of 2018 on Blue Elan Records.
Roan Yellowthorn is the alternative name Jackie created for herself in college with the intention of making it a permanent moniker. “I wanted to create something whimsical and nature-based,” she explains. It was intended to differentiate her from her given name (her father is singer/songwriter Don McLean). “I felt I needed to have my own space, a safe space that I could create and explore inside of. Coming up with my own name was a way to give myself that space.” The name didn’t stick in college, but when Jackie started writing songs and wanted a pseudonym to create and perform under, Shawn suggested using Roan Yellowthorn. This time, it stuck.