For a band conceived of eight years ago in a horse stable with no heat and no running water, cutting it's teeth between hatchet tossing contests and camelback rides at town fairs, Dear August has come a long way. Well, 70 miles or so at least. Tyler and Adrienne Applegate welcomed their first in January. Just prior, lead guitar player and founding member Dan O'Brien got wise and realized the band was soon to be in dire need of a babysitter, so he smartly set out to spend six months in the Scottsdale desert. But just before the skies opened and everything let loose at the end of '09, Dear August checked into second home at DNA Music Labs in Madison. 7 months pregnant, Adrienne bellied up to the mic while she could still catch a decent breath, and the band got to work on a new album. The result was Act Ready, released November 26, 2010.