Somebody Pinch Me..

Honestly, I must be dreaming. So many good things are happening right now and we’re very excited to share them with you:

More Alaskan shenanigans! That’s right folks. We’re headed back to that gorgeous desolate frontier for our 7th tour in the great state of Alaska. What can we say? It’s just that good. So good in fact that we’re bringing our friends, The Door Floor Band, along for the ride. Who is the Dirt Floor Band? I’m so glad you asked. Taken from their website: “Five Mendocino County, California dudes playing original barefoot-punk-grass; our own special blend of mutt music. Bluegrass. Electric funk jamming. Self-deprecating folk-country”. They are super fun and great friends of ours. You’re gonna dig it. Our Tour dates are listed below; for more info on the DFB, check out their Facebook page.

In other news, we were recently contacted by the good folks at Stern Grove, one of the largest outdoor free concert series in San Francisco, and will be a part of their ‘Grove on the Road’ series next month. We’re very excited to be working with these promoters and have put together a special 6 piece band for the event, which will be in Noe Valley on June 1st.

Oh, and did we mention that the episode of 11th and Grant that we recorded last year for Montana PBS was nominated for 3 Regional Emmy Awards? Congrats to the amazing crew; your talent and hard work deserve this recognition. Wish we could be there to pop some corks with you.

We’re working feverishly on some new music and hope to have something for you soon. In the meantime, come check us out at one of our many shows around the Bay Area this Spring/Summer. We’re working with some incredibly talented musicians and are bringing new instrumentation to our music! Hope to see you out there on that long dusty road. Cheers friends!

Alaska Summer 2014

Wed. 6/18 – Subzero Microlounge (duo). Anchorage. 8pm.

Thurs 6/19 – Taproot. Full band featuring Corwyn Wilkey (trpt), Joe Eunice (bass), and Brandon Cockburn (drums). A jazz set opens the show at 9pm.

Fri 6/20 – Denali Salmon Bake. Full band featuring Corwyn Wilkey (trpt), Joe Eunice (bass), and Brandon Cockburn (drums). 10pm.

Sat 6/21 – Solstice Fest!! Full band featuring Corwyn Wilkey (trpt), Joe Eunice (bass), and Brandon Cockburn (drums). Time TBD.

Sun 6/22 – The Fairview Inn. Talkeetna. Full band featuring Corwyn Wilkey (trpt), Joe Eunice (bass), and Brandon Cockburn (drums). 9pm.

Wed 6/25 – Sackett’s. Cooper Landing (duo). 9pm.

Thurs 6/26 – The Kingfisher. Cooper Landing (duo) 8pm.

Fri 6/27 – Kharacter’s Bar. Homer. May be joined by a special guest or two. 10pm.

Sat 6/28 – The Ninilchik Peddler. 6pm. (duo)

Sat 6/28 – Kharacter’s Bar. Homer. May be joined by a special guest or two. 10pm.

Sun 6/29 – Possible show at AJ’s in Homer. Still has yet to be confirmed.

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11th and Grant with Eric Funk

We had a wonderful time celebrating the release of our show on Montana PBS.  Thanks again to everyone involved.  Here it is!  If you like what you see, and you’re in Montana, we have a couple full band shows coming up in Bozeman, in December and January.

Friday, December 27th: Copper Whiskey Bar and Grill (101 E. Main).  Speakeasy Party!  Come costumed and ready to dance.  9pm

Saturday, January 4th: Cikan house concert.  The Cikans have been hosting intimate jazz concerts in their wonderful home for 16 years now.  It’s a great way to see the whole band AND hear the stories behind the music.  Space is limited.  If you’re interested in attending, please email us at info@tumbledownhouse.com for further details.

We have a number of other Bozeman shows, as a duo.  Please check out our “tour dates” above. Cheers!

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Tumbledown House Premiers on PBS’ 11TH & GRANT Show

Hello Friends,

We are honored to be on 11th & Grant with Eric Funk, a PBS affiliate which features a different Montana artist or group of artists each week throughout its season.  It airs on Thursday, November 21st at 7pm.  We filmed the show this summer and it was a first for us.  We entered a gorgeous studio with Adam Greenberg (drums), Sean Lehmann (upright bass), Stefan Stern (grand piano), and Tony Vaughn (trumpet) and started playing our tunes in the soft light.  Several cameras on long mechanical necks smoothly swung around in the dark, just before our faces.  And when the song finished, there was a solid, dark silence.

Normally this is a bad sign for musicians.

But it makes sense for a TV show in which the songs will be intermixed with seated interviews.  It makes sense when you’re playing in a dark room completely devoid of audience members and some nice guy comes out of the dark to say “And…that’s a wrap, well done.”  It quickly became a comfortable silence.

The production crew for 11th and Grant welcomed us with such professional grace that it was easy to feel at home in an otherwise foreign environment.  This was nothing like playing a show in a normal venue.  But everyone there was so good at their jobs, and so happy to be there themselves, that it felt like a great club we got to be a part of for a day.  We spent the whole day doing this and then spent a different day doing interviews with Eric Funk, the show’s host, in the top of a half-demolished building at a different location.  We can’t wait to see the final product!  And it is a special honor to be picked for the first show of the season.

Here’s how you can see it.  On the broadcast day of the show (November 21st), around 7pm, the program will be available for online viewing anywhere in the country here: http://watch.montanapbs.org/program/11th-and-grant/.  There is also an 11th & Grant Facebook page that is already promoting the show at: https://www.facebook.com/11thAndGrant.  The official show site is: http://www.montanapbs.org/11thGrantwithEricFunk/episode903/.  For those who are in Montana, you can watch the show on PBS on Thursday 11/21 at 7pm, Saturday 11/23 at 9:40pm, and Monday 11/25 at 3:00am for the truly die hard fans.  We hope you can catch the show!

Thanks again to everyone at 11th and Grant with Eric Funk for treating us like stars and having us start their season of shows!

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We’re Coming B(AK)!

Well that’s a little embarrassing.  We haven’t updated our page since our Alaskan tour in May, and now we’re headed back in September!  What can we say?  It’s been a busy summer of touring (Oregon and Montana, while we were at it) and now we’re headed back to the great white north on September 3rd for our 6th Alaskan tour.  We cannot wait!  Here are the dates:

Wednesday, 9/4: Subzero Lounge, Anchorage (duo), 9pm

Thursday and Friday, 9/5 & 6: Salmon Bake in Denali (duo), 9pm

Saturday, 9/7: Snow Goose Theater, Anchorage (full band–culminating dance workshop show (http://back2basicsdancecompany.com/Bal-aska_2013.html)), 8pm (open to all, visit back2basics website for ticket info)

Sunday, 9/8: Fairview Inn, Talkeetna (full band), 9pm

Wednesday, 9/11: Kingfisher Roadhouse, Cooper Landing (duo), 9pm

Friday and Saturday, 9/13 & 14: Kharacters Bar, Homer, 10pm

Sunday, 9/15: A.J.’s Steakhouse, Homer, 7pm

And here are some snapshots of our last tour:  we’re shootin’ for more of the same

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sportin' our sticker!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alaska Bound..

As the days grow longer and temperatures begin to climb, we begin preparing for our 5th Alaskan tour. It’s absolutely amazing that the great state of Alaska hasn’t seen fit to tar-and-feather us, drag us behind a snow machine, or use us as sport fishing bait, but instead continually invites us back for more late night debauchery. We can’t wait to see all of our Alaskan friends (you know who you are), play with some of our favorite musicians (we know who you are), and perform in some of our favorite venues (everybody knows who you are).

Alaska – Spring 2013

Thursday, May 23rd – Subzero Microlounge. Anchorage, AK. 8pm

Friday, May 24th – Kharacter’s Bar. Homer, AK. 10pm

Saturday, May 25h – Kharacter’s Bar. Homer, AK. 10pm

Sunday, May 26th – AJ’s Old Town Steakhouse and Tavern. Homer, AK. 6:30pm.

Wednesday, May 29th – AJs Old Town Steakhouse and Tavern. Homer, AK. 6:30pm.

Thursday, May 30th – Humpy’s Alehouse. Anchorage, AK. 10pm. (Full Band)

Friday, May 31st – Taproot. Anchorage, AK. 9pm. (Full Band)

Saturday, June 1st – The Kingfisher Roadhouse. Cooper Landing, AK. 7pm (I think).

Sunday, June 2nd – The Yukon Bar. Seward, AK. 9pm.

Tuesday, June 4th – House Concert. Palmer, AK. Email us for details.

Wednesday, June 5th – Prospector’s Pizza. Denali, AK. 7pm.

Thursday, June 6th – 49th State Brewing Company. Denali, AK. 7pm.

Friday, June 7th – The Salmon Bake. Denali, AK. 10pm. (Full Band)

Saturday, June 8th – The Salmon Bake. Denali, AK. 10pm. (Full Band)

Sunday, June 9th – The Fairview Inn. Talkeetna, AK. 9pm (Full Band).

After that, it’s back to the Bay for more great shows in Northern California before we hit the road for some summer fun in Oregon and Montana. Stay tuned!

Cheers,
TR

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Home Is Where the Heart Is.

Our last show in Big Sky, Montana. Beer hearts!

 

We.  Are.  Californians.

Well…we WILL be.  As soon as the Craigslist Gods say that it is so.

Housing unavailability aside, we consider ourselves HOME and we have plenty of upcoming Bay Area gigs to help us plant our roots:

Saturday, March 23rd: Winemaker’s PourhouseLivermore.  6:30-9:30pm.  Duo.  This is a small wine bar full of warm people.  The atmosphere is cozy, the libations are delicious, and the company can’t be beat.

Friday, March 29th: Surf SpotPacifica.  8-10:30pm.  Duo.  This will be our first show at Surf Spot.  It’s a super beach/surf-style casual hangout in Pacifica.  On the weekends, the music is outdoors with the fire pits, volleyball courts, and rolling lawns.  It looks like a great place to soak in the coastal culture.

Saturday, March 30th: Local EditionMarket Street.  9-midnight.  Full band.  This is an underground gem below Market Street.  It’s full of candles, antique type writers, and authentic newspaper pages from some of the city’s biggest events down through the ages.  The drinks are a work of art and the vibe is very, very sexy.  We love bringing the band in there.

Wednesday, April 3rd: Local EditionMarket Street.  Happy hour show: 5:30-7:30pm.  Duo.

Thursday, April 4th: Off the GridBerkeley.  7-8:30pm.  Duo.  Off the Grid is a roving gourmet food market.  It’s a farmer’s market-type atmosphere that specializes in food trucks and caterers.    There are several Off the Grids in different parts of the bay area on different days of the week and at different times of the day.  The food is exceptional, the experience is casual, and it’s a celebrated community event, wherever it’s happening.  Click the link to get a good idea of what it’s all about.

Monday, April 8th: K.C. Turner Acoustic Showcase at Osteria in the Presidio.  Duo.  This is a super intimate dinner and show experience at Osteria.  The event is from 7-10pm with no cover and no age restriction.  Each artist puts on two 25 minute show cases.  We will be sharing the bill with Gurf Morlix.  It will be a great evening of music and food in the Presidio, but space is limited so to guarantee seating, please make a reservation with Osteria: (415) 771-5030.

Wednesday, April 10th: Blondie’s in the Mission.  9:30pm-1am.  Full band.  Blondie’s is a sloppy favorite in the Mission.  It was voted “Best place to get your date drunk in one drink”.  Mad street cred right there.  It’s small, the sound is awesome, there’s a dance floor, the martinis come in pint glasses, and there’s a little strip of seats right on the sidewalk for plenty of proper people-watching.

Saturday, April 13th: Surf SpotPacifica.  2-5pm.  Quartet.  Same great beach spot but earlier in the sunny afternoon, and with more members in the band.  This just keeps getting better.

Monday, April 15th: Off the GridBelmont.  7-8:30pm.  Duo.

Saturday, April 20th: Local EditionMarket Street.  9-midnight.  Full band.

Friday, April 26th: Surf SpotPacifica.  8-10:30pm.  Duo.

Saturday, April 27th: Winemaker’s PourhouseLivermore.  6:30-9:30pm.  Duo.

Sunday, May 5th: Off the GridLarkspur.  12-1:30pm.  Duo.

Monday, May 6th: Off the GridBelmont.  7-8:30pm.  Duo.

Wednesday, May 8th: Blondie’sThe Mission.  9:30pm-1am.  Full band.

Friday, May 10th: Armando’sMartinez.  9-10pm.  Trio or quartet.

Saturday, May 11th: Local EditionMarket Street.  9-midnight.  Full band.

Monday, May 13th: Off the GridBelmont.  7-8:30pm.  Duo.

 

Tuesday, May 21st: We leave for Alaska and tour Anchorage, Homer, Cooper Landing, Talkeetna, Denali, and possibly Seward until June 11th!  Alaskan tour dates are posted under “Tour Dates” above, as they are confirmed.  Then it’s back to the bay area for about 3 weeks of shows before our Montana tour.  Hope to see you out there, friends!

 

Our last purchased beverage before we saw rent prices in San Francisco.

 

 

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The Merry Year is Born…

 

Like the bright berry from the naked thorn. –Hartley Coleridge

It’s that time of year.  You can put the past behind you and just look forward with optimism.  We do so with smiles on our faces; the last year was something we don’t wish to simply bury.  For us it was a year of adventure and change and success.  For 2013 we just want more of the same!

January of 2012 found us at our Big Sky Ski Resort residency where we snowboarded by day and played our ditties in the nighttime.  We’ve come to know some of the regular returning crew members in that seasonal business and now we’re headed there again for January and February of this year.  Our New Year’s resolution is to make it a time of utmost creativity.  We hope to leave Big Sky with new songs in our pockets.

 

In the spring of 2012 we headed out on a huge tour of the South.  We drove from Arizona to the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee.  We had a grand time in that beautiful neck of the woods, playing in beach towns and gorgeous cities and meeting the friendliest of folks.  We topped it off with our attendance at Jazz Fest in New Orleans where we saw the city’s best talent as well as global acts that absolutely floored us.  We left New Orleans feeling completely rejuvenated and tinkered with the idea of moving there.  Alas, the summer weather is less than inviting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We drove back to Arizona where we flew to Alaska for a 3 week tour in May.  We adore that state and have found some amazing friends there in Anchorage, Denali, Fairbanks, Talkeetna, Cooper Landing, Ninilchik, Seward, and Homer.  We made it there twice this year and now we can’t imagine going a year without a visit.

 

 

 

 

We flew back to Arizona, had 4 shows in 4 days, packed everything we owned into a mobile storage unit and moved out.  We were terribly sad to leave Prescott, which was such a genuine home for us.  We realized it was time to relocate to a bigger city full of countless venues and other resources.  We started making plans to revisit Prescott’s magical community as soon as possible.

In the meantime, we drove back to Montana, rehearsed with our very talented band mates there and and headed out on tour with them right away.  We toured Oregon and Washington together and had a blast.  We spent the next 2 months playing shows all over Montana and headed back to Alaska in September. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We rehearsed with some fabulous musicians up there and got a fantastic band on the road to Fairbanks, Denali, Talkeetna, and Anchorage.  It was so nice to get our full band sound out to our favorite Alaskan spots.  We can’t wait to play with those boys again.

We returned to Montana and within a week we were driving north for our first Canadian show.  This year marked our first international show and it was a total success.  The Calgary Folk Club welcomed us and treated us like rock stars.  We had a lovely time in that super clean and quiet city and took a little time to explore beautiful Banff before heading home again.  We were home just one more week before we toured as a duo through Oregon once again.  We then found ourselves in northern California spending Halloween (and pre-Halloween and post-Halloween) with good friends, including The Dirt Floor Band, for whom we opened in Ukiah and a grand time was had by all.

Next up, we wandered on down to San Francisco and spent a month checking out the city while we met with some new musicians and did about 4 full band shows.  We fell in love with the city and felt our shows were quite successful.  It encouraged us to make the leap and we will be moving there more permanently in March!

We gathered our parking tickets and got a slight readjustment to our car (everyone donates a car stereo and a passenger window when visiting San Francisco, right?) and headed back to Montana for the holidays.  It was great to spend the holidays with the family for a whirlwind 5 days before hopping on a plane the day after Christmas and flying back to Arizona for a string of shows over New Year’s!  It was so energizing to see our home away from home again and we were welcomed with open arms and blush-worthy celebration.  We hope to come back as soon as we can, Arizona!

That brings us to January 2013.  We are back in the Big Sky Ski Resort for another two month residency before moving to San Francisco in March.  The snow is coming down in loads and forcing the temperatures into the negatives.  It’s a toasty place to spend a snow storm; the giddy energy of the powder hounds is pretty infectious and we can’t go anywhere around here without meeting someone from another far corner of the world.  And that pleases us.

Thank you, friends and family, for making 2012 a very, very memorable and joyful year for us.  Here’s to a happy and healthy 2013 for you and yours.

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San Francisco, by way of Montana and Arizona

Hello Friends,

We hope this fall has been treating you well and offering up an abundance of cheer.  We are happy to report we have landed in San Francisco after reaping the benefits of autumn holidays with friends.  Apparently we’ve been having too much fun in the city to take pictures.  It was the pork store or a laundromat.

After much deliberation and organization, we found a place to hole up in the Mission while we rehearse with new band-mates for our Bay Area gigs.  But first, we open up for our dear friends, The Dirt Floor Band, in Ukiah the day after Thanksgiving!

***11/23/12. Ukiah Brewing Company. 9pm. $5  We will be joined by the dashing Kyle Madrigal on upright bass and perhaps the elusive Karl Kummerle on psychedelic fiddle.  FB Eventhttp://www.facebook.com/events/291908374260560/?ref=ts&fref=ts

***11/24/12. Local Edition. 9pm-12am.  All Bay area gigs will feature Sascha Jacobsen on upright bass, David Dieni on drums, and our new trumpet-playing sailor friend, Steve Stanley.

***12/12/12. Blondies Bar and No Grill. 9:30pm-1am.   Voted “the Best of the Bay to get your date drunk off of one drink” by the Bay Guardian.  That’s our kind of classy!

***12/14/12. Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. 7-10pm.

Up next, we will return to Montana for a winter of hot-toddy-induced song writing and a bunch of shows in Bozeman and the Big Sky Ski Resort.  We will also do a week long tour in Arizona over New Year’s!  Then we plan to return permanently to the Bay Area in March and put some city roots down.

For now, here’s a photo-journal of the glorious, sun-filled autumn we thoroughly enjoyed. We hope this cyber note finds you warm and healthy and surrounded by loved ones.  And don’t forget: If you’re hosting tons of family and you’re already all talked out, just take them to a loud live show in a small local bar.  Everybody wins!

Harvest goodies.

Bob Ross exchanges accoutrements with an Amigo.

Still Life with Sunset Soundtrack.

Eating something pretty makes you feel rich.

A proper Dia de los Muertos celebration.

Our 1st night in SF: Y La Bamba plays at Amnesia, 4 blocks from our door!

Until next time, friends.

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TDH Returns to The Land of the Midnight Sun!

It is with great pleasure that we announce our 4th tour to Alaska, taking place this September! It’s amazing that our brains and livers have been able to manage it so many times. I’m sure this won’t be the last. We will be joined by the disgustingly talented Corwyn Wilkey on trumpet, Nick Petumenos on bass, and the venerable Brandon Cockburn on drums for certain gigs (listed as ‘full band’). Links to Facebook events are listed below the gig; feel free to share them with your friends, nephews, babysitters, and rabbis. Cheers! -TR

Wednesday, September 5th – Subzero Microlounge. Anchorage. 8pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/340335722720018/

Thursday, September 6th – Humpy’s Alaskan Alehouse (Full Band). Anchorage. 9pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/167861490005120/

Friday, September 7th – The Marlin (Full Band). Fairbanks. 10pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/477074708984546/

Saturday, September 8th – The World Famous Denali Salmon Bake (Full Band). Denali Park. 10pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/155533207904164/

Sunday, September 9th – The Historic Fairview Inn (Full Band). Talkeetna. 9pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/260808954029577/

Wednesday, September 12th – Subzero Microlounge. Anchorage. 8pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/412687838777557/

Thursday, September 13th – Taproot (Full Band). Anchorage. 9pm
Personal Statement – This show is also Gillian’s Birthday. Mayhem will almost certainly ensue.
http://www.facebook.com/events/140326419442160/

Friday, September 14th – Kharacter’s Bar. Homer. 10pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/391303710924257/

Saturday, September 15th – Ninilchik Peddler. Ninilchik. 6pm

Saturday, September 15th – Kharacter’s Bar. Homer. 10pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/391303710924257/

Sunday, September 16th – AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse and Tavern. Homer. 7pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/455805161107951/

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Summer in the Treasure State

REACH Benefit. View from the microphone.

We have been back in Big Sky country for only a month and we have to admit, it feels pretty good.  We recently had the pleasure of playing the Reach, Inc. benefit up at Big Sky resort and it was a spectacular day.  Reach, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization that provides services and empowerment to adults with disabilities, and they’ve been doing so here in Bozeman since 1974.  They recently held their last “Trek to the Big Sky” benefit and we were lucky enough to be their mountain top entertainment.  Hikers received pledges from their friends to hike 3 miles up the mountain on what turned out to be a perfect day.  At the top they got a picnic lunch, some live music, and beautiful views of Madison County.  If they got $150 in pledges from their supporters, the hikers also got a free ski pass or golf pass at the resort.  It was a successful and beautiful day, and a great glimpse into an awesome community.  We are honored to be a part of it.

So it turns out, you can’t swing a BPA-free water bottle around here without hitting a gorgeous view and a bunch of toned, slobbering Labradors.  I sometimes remember all at once that I have many bucolic needs, and now, here, they’re satisfied on a daily basis.  And the best part about it is that when you see other people enjoying the same space out there in the hills, you all share a goofy grin and most of those folks are friendly as can be.  The smiles are for obvious reasons: we’re all out of the house and the weather is gorgeous.  Recently, I was enjoying a little hike up to the “M” which is a popular, quick hike just outside of town that overlooks the whole valley.  I was sitting at the top on a nice bench, enjoying the morning view, when a loud, coarse rustling above me turned into an eery silence and then a beautiful sight:

 

Two paragliders flew right over my head and did a long, graceful descent into a field below.  Motorists gave friendly honks and it seemed liked everyone on the mountain just froze for a few minutes and grew quiet.  It was a hell of a way to start the day.  A truck in the parking lot clued me into the strangers that put me in such a good mood: www.bozemanparagliding.com.

So I’m diggin’ this summer.  And I thought, while I’m inspired to say so, I’d remind you all to get out of the house, too.  Go fly a kite.  Go swing on the monkey bars meant for children.  Take a walk.  Even if it’s just to the city park around the corner or even if it requires a short drive.  Tis the season for dirty feet.

Itty bitty baby grapes!

 

Giant bird parents of the Osprey variety.

 

Flathead Lake

 

My Mama's flowers at dusk.

See you out there.

 

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