The Tillers

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“Like no other group I’ve ever heard, the Tillers are able to break your heart with an intangible, timeless pain. Combined they harmonize like the Celestial Monochorde of old, awakening once again the ancient muses to strum the heartstrings of man…” – Col. JD Wilkes

“The Tillers.. I could sit and listen to them all night long!” -Iris Dement

The Tillers came into being while busking for nickels and dimes in the gaslight district of Cincinnati. Now far removed from those humble beginnings, the band has won over Cincinnati’s bar and festival scene and launched international tours with tireless momentum. They resurrect songs of America’s past, craft originals all their own while touching on themes both historical and timeless. They are Cincinnati’s traveling minstrels. Expect to hear from them soon. -Bio by Pete Wood-

“In their lives, and in their music, all three band members embrace a return to simplicity, a longing for freedom, and hope for the future. It is fitting then that these American Characters would devote a song to Highway 50, a road that, like the country it traverses, has seen its share of hardship and history and still keeps pressing forward.” -Tom Brokaw American Character Along Highway 50

“Leave behind the world of nagging priority that is screaming at your for attention through various flashing doo dads streaming threads of bad news and worse entertainment choices, and go back to a time when people played songs on their back porches from the simple love of the music, and the only way to evoke entertainment was to breed fellowship with friends and family and sing and play along. This is the warm and relaxing, yet still energetic and engaging reality that The Tillers conjure up when they strike wires on wood and bring their love for the way things were to the modern ear yearning for a time when less was more.” -Saving Country Music

“Through non-stop touring, The Tillers have made quite a name for themselves with their “must see” live show but with their new album, Hand On The Plow, the spotlight should now rest on their great songwriting and give them the wide-spread recognition they deserve.” -Atlas and the Anchor

Notable performances include Forecastle Festival, Bunbury, Winnipeg Folk Fest, Calgary Folk Fest, Milwaukee SummerFest, SXSW, Muddy Roots, American Music Festival, Nelsonville Music Festival, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, and a mountain of others, as well as support dates with Justin Townes Earl, Jerry Douglas, Iris Dement, Rev. Horton Heat, Doc Watson, Taj Mahal, Guy Clark, Country Joe Mcdonald, Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers, Dex Romweber, Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Pokey LaFarge, Dom Flemons, and The Dirt Daubers.

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