Slowdown Virginia (1993-1995) was an indie rock band from Omaha, Nebraska, on Lumberjack Records, the predecessor to today's Saddle Creek records.
Slowdown Virginia evolved from "The March Hares" (another Omaha band) when, in 1993, Matt Oberst and Jim Robino left The March Hares. Remaining members Steve Pedersen and Tim Kasher joined with Matt Maginn and Casey Caniglia to form the new band.
The band existed from 1993 to 1995, spending most of the time writing, recording and playing shows locally. In 1995, Slowdown Virginia disbanded and, along with members of the then-defunct local Omaha band Smashmouth, formed Cursive. Many of the artists from the original Saddle Creek stable still credit Slowdown Virginia (often referred to simply as "Slowdown") as a major source of inspiration during the early, fledgling years of the label.
Saddle Creek records has recently completed construction of a 500-capacity concert venue in Omaha called Slowdown, in homage to the band.
Tim Kasher's Fender guitar still carries the sticker of Slowdown Virginia.
Tim Kasher : guitar, vocals,
Matt Maginn : bass, vocals,
Steve Pedersen : guitar,
Casey Caniglia : drums,
Jim Robino : lead vocals (March Hares)