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© 2020 by DACOTA MUCKEY.  {Photos by Kurtis Bowersock,Destiny Cooper, Moriel O' Connor}


Dacota Muckey is a young, all-in-one kind of artist. He has been said to burn every bit of himself up on stage. His passion and desire to move forward with his music is evident both on stage and off. Dacota is a full time musician in his early twenties and his music has taken him to music festivals, bars, colleges and more all over the midwest and especially in his home state of Indiana. Playing all of these live shows and recording several full length albums of original material both with his band and solo have brought him extensive recognition over a short time as a musician with a pure passion to pour his entire life and all he has into his craft. His music is a new-age folk, rock, jam band style and his use of a loop pedal creates a seemingly full band.

Dacota has opened up for big time acts such as Blues Traveler, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Dustin Thomas, and Laith-Al Saadi from NBC's The Voice. He has also performed at major Music Festivals like Bonnaroo, Shang Ri La and more.

Dacota appeared in the Official Selection of the Covellite International Film Festival's "Above the Fruited Plains." He appeared both on screen and also has a portion of his music in the film.

Joining Dacota are his band mates in "The Trip."


Consisting of brothers Jake Huxford and Riley Huxford, the band completes the sound and brings the songs to life with energetic performances and a move from an acoustic looping act to a full on electric rock n roll show.


Dacota Muckey and The Trip have been bandmates since they were teenagers. Playing across the country together becoming more seasoned musicians as well as human beings, they've challenged the boundaries of Genre categories while being immersed in Reggae, Electronic, Jam Band, Blues, Bluegrass, Folk, and Funk. This midwest trio is growing exponentially with no sign of slowing down. 

"Dacota Muckey is captivating listeners with lyrics and vocals that pierce like a knife. "

                                                             - Giant 96 Real Radio DJ; Penny Lane

"Dacota burns every bit of himself up in his shows, nothing is left behind but ashes."
-Promoter; Mark A. Taylor

"I had the pleasure of meeting & playing some music with Dacota at Shangri-La Music Festival and was thoroughly impressed. His songs are lyrically driven, songs about self empowerment, growth, and self activation. Underneath his poetic couplets is an phenomenal grip on his guitar, melodies and chords built in between confident riffs and challenging finger work. And all this shines no brighter than his voice. A textural gift of rasp and soul. A voice that cuts through you while putting you at ease. I was truly in awe while watching his artistry unfold, and am only surprised with the idea that more people have not heard his work. Because more people should. A true talent."

-Karl Vincet of Satsang

"But in his solo work, This is the Music That Heals Your Soul, that youthful swagger has found its footing.  Trading in The Trip’s electric reverb for sounds ringing of acoustic guitars and piano keys, Muckey’s record (released early last spring) showcases a musical dexterity of style and gravitas.  From haunting ballads such as “To Forgive is to Love,” to his triumphant declarations of solidary in tracks like “We All Bleed Red,” Muckey’s album declares that his transition into adulthood is final.

Whether Muckey stays with this style for the lifetime’s worth of records to follow is open to conjecture.  He’s more than proven he can adapt and change, and he’s clearly establishing that he’s open to experimentation.  What he puts out later, however, matters then.  What matters now is that he’s on the forefront of the Midwestern music scene.  And with both and talent and youth on his side, it’s a vantage point he will be holding onto for a long time to come."

-Donavan Wheeler of National Road Magazine. Read full article here.