(Local) Band to Hear: The Tillers

[MySpace | Website | VideoBio ]

To buy their stuff click [here].

The Tillers are a local Cincinnati three-piece folk band made up of Mike Oberst, Sean Geil, and Jason Soudrette. Started on the streets of Clifton, The Tillers play some great old-school depression-era music. They sound like they have a great live show, too. They sound like they might get an Avett Brothers sort-of vibe.

Unfortunately, I can’t offer much more than their name and a few links because they’re such a small band, but I hope they achieve some success for doing what they’re doing. They were apparently going to open for Willie Nelson until he had to cancel due to a rotator cuff injury, so it looks like they’re on their way up at least.

I came across them in a small excerpt in the Cincinnati Enquirer at work and they seemed interesting. I haven’t heard of many folk bands around here and it’s nice to see an upstart do what they really want to do regardless of the music scene that’s happening around them. And that’s worth a feature alone. So I looked them up and actually really dug their music, unfortunately I don’t have anything by them–their page on Chestnut Tree Records’ website seems to be messed up. You can hear their newest album, Ludlow Street Rag in its entirety on their MySpace.

My favorite is the opener, “George Street Beat” which has an old jazz vibe to it that I really dig.  Here’s a video of it and an mp3 download for it. “The Unpainted Picture” is another highlight, but you’ll have to go to their MySpace to check that out. I definitely recommend the album based on the MySpace stream. The Youtube Rip is pretty low quality.

The Tillers | George Street Beat (Youtube Rip) [download]

To buy their stuff click [here].

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