Live Radio Show!

Tonight we’re performing on the Fog City Blues live radio show. Tune in at 9pm (PST) to hear us perform some of our new songs and talk about the absurdity of life, the universe, and everything! Live stream here: http://kalw.org/listen-kalw#stream/0

We have lots of fun shows coming up! Hope to see you somewhere down the line.

Cheers,
TDH

CDs and Downloads of our New Album Now Available!

Orders placed here are shipping out now, before the album becomes widely available for purchase through all major retailers in early December (Itunes, Amazon, etc.).

High Quality Downloads available through Bandcamp. (You can preview all of the tracks here as well)

For Physical CDs please click below for a secure Paypal transaction. $12.99 + shipping

J100We’re extremely excited to present our third full-length album, Sum and Substance. As per usual, the 9 original songs on this new album hail from a broad range of themes, moods, and genres. There is an upbeat swing tune with blazing horns about the life of Josephine Baker. There is a dark, backwoodsy song about experimenting with plant medicine in the Peruvian jungle. Another number describes the dating scene in San Francisco through animal safari metaphors. Our songs are dynamic and exciting, yet still cohesive and distinctly unique.

1. Shaky Little Thing
2. Ode to Josephine
3. Clever Crocodile
4. The Buttons In Me
5. Pure Medicine
6. The Devil’s Design
7. Sullied Acres
8. Midnight In The Barrio
9. Set You Down

A Successful Conference, New Album, and Upcoming Tours..

Last week we attended the Western Arts Alliance conference in Los Angeles. That’s right: while most of our friends were prancing around the Nevada desert, pretending they’re unicorns and pixies, we donned our fishnets and fedoras and went to rub elbows with many professionals throughout the Performing Arts Industry. 

The conference was successful beyond our wildest imaginations. We booked some amazing gigs and met some incredible people. About six months ago, we were selected by the WAA as ‘Launchpad Artists’, which gave us a scholarship, menorah up, and increased visibility at the conference. This was incredibly effective and we’re so very grateful to be a part of this program. 

that great conference in the sky

Lanyard Graveyard


This is a very exciting time for us. Our new album, ‘Sum and Substance’, is finished! We feel very strongly that it’s our best, most mature work to date, and reflects how much we’ve grown as artists and as humans since releasing our last full length. We’ll be updating our website, photos, and shooting a video to promote the release. New music heading your way soon!

2017 will see new tour dates to some of favorite stomping grounds! We’ll be returning to Montana for a show at The Ellen Theater in January, and will have tour dates in Arizona and Southern California (and likely Alaska) sometime after that. 

Thanks for reading and for following the wild roller coaster ride that defines our careers in music! Many fun things on the horizon. 

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.

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

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/

What You Need

Hello friends,

Summer has kicked into gear and we have decided to combat the heat with large amounts of ice cold Corona and general malaise. After an insanely hectic touring schedule this Spring took us from Arizona to North Carolina, then to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, we have hunkered down for the remainder of July and August to write, reflect, and devote time to new hobbies. In a further effort to remain unpredictable and enigmatic, Gillian has taken up an interest in cooking while I have been diligently learning how to aggravate neighborhood canines with my recently acquired trumpet, or as I like to call it: the relationship tester.

I wanted to share a short (4 minute) movie created by incredibly talented Tucson filmmaker/director Nickolas Duarte titled “What You Need”. The film features our song, “My Papa’s Waltz” from our debut album and tells the story of an ape child with a troubled life at home who has difficulty finding his place in the world. That’s actually a terrible description that doesn’t begin to do this great piece of work justice. Check it out:

We’ll be performing around Montana for the remainder of July and August. In September we’ll be returning to Alaska for a short 2 week tour before heading to our first gig in Canada! In the fall we’ll be heading to Oregon and California for a spell. Hope to catch y’all soon.

Alaska Spring Tour – 2012

Those fine gentlemen from The Monolith Agency have done it again. We’re very pleased to announce that, in two weeks, we will begin another round of merrymaking, mayhem, and occasionally music in the last frontier. Here are the dates that we currently have booked in Alaska, along with links to Facebook events. Feel free to join our events or share them with your friends.

5/16/2012 Wednesday – Humpy’s in Anchorage, 9pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/425680104109589/

5/17/2012 Thursday – Resurrect Art Coffeehouse in Seward, 7pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/305339092875964/

5/18/2012 Friday – Kharacter’s Bar in Homer, 10pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/284253674998185/

5/19/2012 Saturday – The Peddler in Ninilchik, 7pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/215754455207043/

5/19/2012 Saturday – Kharacters  Bar in Homer, 1030pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/303170756426062/

5/20/2012 Sunday – Kingfisher Lodge in Cooper Landing, Time TBA (probably 6:30)
http://www.facebook.com/events/433447896684886/

5/24/2012 Thursday – The Salmon Bake in Denali, 10pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/243756342397873/

5/25/2012 Friday –  The Salmon Bake in Denali, 10pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/280097882082870/

5/26/2012 Saturday – The Marlin in Fairbanks, 10pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/386835331361544/

5/27/2012 Sunday –  Fairview Inn in Talkeetna, 930pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/448418805172497/

5/31/2012 Thursday – Humpy’s in Anchorage, 930pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/337821089618300/

6/1/2012 Friday – Taproot in Anchorage, 930pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/162226090573751/

6/2/2012 Saturday House Concert/ Brown Bear Anchorage
More info TBA

Our New Album is Finally Released!

Today is the day folks! Our new album, Fables And Falsehoods, is available today on a few major retailers, such as CD Baby, Itunes, and Amazon (Physical CD or MP3 Download). Here is the first paragraph from a recent review:

“Fables and Falsehoods is the brilliant, sepia-toned soaked offering from Tumbledown House that starts off like a black and white silent film and keeps rollicking along into a colorful tapestry of clever tales of woe and object lessons wrapped in a crushed-velvet punch. Gillian Howe and Tyler Ryan Miller, the duo who are Tumbledown House spared no expense; left no rock unturned, and climbed every mountain high to unearth a sweet, tasty, little gem of an album.”

For this album, we enlisted the talents of 10 other musicians (including members of New Orleans’ Dirty Dozen Brass Band) for a whimsical collection of songs tinged with 1920′s big band and dark tango.

Releasing an album is both rewarding and challenging. I often relate the process of writing, tracking, mixing, and producing a new CD to childbirth (not that I have any real  experience of what it’s like to be in labor). But producing an album is daunting; it forces an artist to be extremely self-critical. During the mixing process, we labored over every note and contemplated the most subtle of effects. The discussions over artistic direction, visual presentation, and theme lasted well into the early morning hours of many a night. After the album is mixed and mastered, after the artwork has been tediously finalized, and after the online marketing campaign has been executed, the body and mind need time to forget the horrors they’ve endured. Slowly, the creative process resumes again: ideas start churning, melodies introduce themselves, and the cycle continues..

We hope you love Fables and Falsehoods. Special Thanks go out to Jeremiah at Peach St. Studios for his engineering expertise during the tracking process, Robert and Rhea Hawkins for the beautiful photography, Brett Allen at SnowGhost Music for being a damn fine mixing engineer, and David Glasser over at Airshow for adding that last coat of paint in mastering.

Cheers,
TR

Maybe Critics Aren’t So Bad After All…

We just wanted to share a few things that have been written about us recently. Here’s a sparkling review of our new album from The Bozone, a local entertainment paper in Bozeman, Montana.

The Bozeman Magpie also ran an article about us that can be found here.

Thank you so much to the writers that took the time to listen and put in the effort to compose such engaging pieces.

Cheers!
TR