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!








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!


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.



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.

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.

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

Thursday, September 6th – Humpy’s Alaskan Alehouse (Full Band). Anchorage. 9pm

Friday, September 7th – The Marlin (Full Band). Fairbanks. 10pm

Saturday, September 8th – The World Famous Denali Salmon Bake (Full Band). Denali Park. 10pm

Sunday, September 9th – The Historic Fairview Inn (Full Band). Talkeetna. 9pm

Wednesday, September 12th – Subzero Microlounge. Anchorage. 8pm

Thursday, September 13th – Taproot (Full Band). Anchorage. 9pm
Personal Statement – This show is also Gillian’s Birthday. Mayhem will almost certainly ensue.

Friday, September 14th – Kharacter’s Bar. Homer. 10pm

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

Saturday, September 15th – Kharacter’s Bar. Homer. 10pm

Sunday, September 16th – AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse and Tavern. Homer. 7pm

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.


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.

Notes from the Road #3

We pulled into beautiful Charleston, South Carolina and found our venue, the Windjammer, on the Isle of Palms.  I’m used to bars that have pool tables, maybe darts, and on a rare occasion, horse shoe pits.  This one had beach volleyball.  I tried to wrap my head around the combination of booze and highly physical activity, but I just couldn’t picture it.  We drove over the bridge to check out downtown Charleston and walked around the beautiful streets.   I even found the lack of parking to be downright charming.

We went back to the Windjammer and met members of the Will Lewis Band, who were playing before us.  They showed us a fine Southern welcoming and brought a great crowd.  We made new friends and thoroughly enjoyed the beach life, fleeting as it was.  After sticking our toes into the Atlantic, it was time to drive on to Georgia. We didn’t have a show in Savannah, but we’ve always wanted to see it, and this was our chance.

Savannah is full of moss-covered trees, beautiful old buildings, streetcars, and amazing parks.  Oh, and an open-container law.  It’s the stuff of dreams.

We moved on to our gig at Twain’s, in Decatur, had a delicious beet sandwich, and set up for sound check.  A dear friend from long ago showed up and ended up putting us up for two days.

Lisa and Andre (aka DJ Enchant’d) showed us a great time in a great city, and clued us in to a free concert in a park around the corner. The Sweetwater Brewery puts on a free 420 Fest every year.  You can get in for free or pay 5 bucks to drink, and see bands and comedians all day for 3 days.  Don’t mind if we do!  We saw Soulive play a great show in the sunshine and we meandered back and forth between stages and craft booths and around kids and dogs and hoola-hoopers and stoners.  A great time was had by all.

Soulive funks everything up at 420 Fest

Later that night, Lisa and Andre introduced us to the sexy, sexy world of salsa.  They told us “some friends” were headed to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History to dance a little.

We walked in and saw hundreds of beautiful people twirling under life-sized dinosaur re-creations while the Cuban music blasted over several speakers and filled the elegant 3-story room.  Salsa under dinosaurs…we never would have found this world without a little help from our friends, and now we’ll never be the same. We left feeling uncoordinated and unattractive, but inspired!

Next up was Gadsden, Alabama where the fine gentlemen of Tu’Kanoos (whom we had met on the patio of a bar in Big Sky last winter!) were having an all-day crawfish boil before our show later in the night.  That meant about 7 hours of drinking and eating before we had to be professional.  I kept telling myself the crawfish were like little lobsters, but my heart and my head kept saying they were cockroaches from the sea.  The heart and head tend to win these arguments and I stuck to the red beans and rice.

S**t Williams, Jr. paddles the murky depths of red beans and rice.

Tyler exhibits the subtle art of persuasion.

"Eat the tails. Suck the heads."

The carnage of little carcasses slopped up to our elbows, and then we put on our pretties and did our little ditties.  We continued to hang with the owners and staff of Tu’Kanoos until the sun came up.  Thanks for the wreckless hospitality, gents and lady; I had “West L.A. Fadeaway” in my head for DAYS (now you can, too).  Let’s do it all again in Montana!

On to Birmingham.  We met Keith Harrelson and played a show at his listening room, Moonlight on the Mountain which sits on a steep bluff overlooking the great city of Birmingham.

This is one of those rare music venues where you’re guaranteed to get a personal show, so you bring your own drinks and snacks, and you settle in and really get to know the performers.  We shared the stage with Amy Mccarley and her backup band and really enjoyed their set.  Keith put us up at his place and we chatted late into the evening.  We had such a good time, we decided to stay and see Tony Furtado play there the next night!

Tony Furtado plays Moonlight on the Mountain with local guest, Jason Bailey, on mandolin.

If you’re in that area, or you know someone who is, please point them to Moonlight on the Mountain and keep these great listening rooms in business.  It’s how music should be heard!

The next morning, we played at 8:30am on the local Birmingham TV channel (thanks again, Derek!) near the famous Vulcan statue that put Birmingham on the map.  From there, we headed on down to New Orleans.

Up at the buttcrack of dawn.

Thanks to all the Southerners that crossed our path in the last couple of weeks.  We appreciate your friendly, giving hearts and we certainly hope to return before too long.


Up next: Tumbledown House gets crabs in the Big Easy.

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

5/17/2012 Thursday – Resurrect Art Coffeehouse in Seward, 7pm

5/18/2012 Friday – Kharacter’s Bar in Homer, 10pm

5/19/2012 Saturday – The Peddler in Ninilchik, 7pm

5/19/2012 Saturday – Kharacters  Bar in Homer, 1030pm

5/20/2012 Sunday – Kingfisher Lodge in Cooper Landing, Time TBA (probably 6:30)

5/24/2012 Thursday – The Salmon Bake in Denali, 10pm

5/25/2012 Friday –  The Salmon Bake in Denali, 10pm

5/26/2012 Saturday – The Marlin in Fairbanks, 10pm

5/27/2012 Sunday –  Fairview Inn in Talkeetna, 930pm

5/31/2012 Thursday – Humpy’s in Anchorage, 930pm

6/1/2012 Friday – Taproot in Anchorage, 930pm

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