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Free: Tumbledown House
August 06, 2014
Gritty saloon jazz
Yoshi's Local Talent Series: Free live music in The Lounge 6:30pm to 10pm!
The music of Tumbledown House has been described as “gritty saloon jazz”, “modern speakeasy music”, and “Tom Waits in a cocktail dress”. Consisting primarily of sultry vocalist Gillian Howe and the eclectic indie-jazz guitar work of Tyler Ryan Miller, Tumbledown House provides the soundtrack for raucous, prohibition-themed parties and has “quickly ascended as one of the new, promising acts of the region” (Pop Rocket Press).
Tumbledown House has a brand new release (their second) called “Fables and Falsehoods”. It enlists the talents of ten other musicians (including three horn players from New Orleans’ Dirty Dozen Brass Band) for an upbeat, 1920’s big band romp. The new album explores diverse subject matter (one song is based on the original story of Pinocchio written by Carlo Collodi in 1883, another describes the only consecrated shrine dedicated to unrepentant sinners, which still stands in Tucson, Arizona) and showcases the duo’s talent for creating something vintage and familiar, yet refreshing, distinct, and exciting.
Following the success of their self-titled debut CD, released in 2009, Tumbledown House toured from Alaska to Louisiana, from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine, and has now performed over 350 shows in over 25 states. The duo continues to tour, sometimes with additional musicians, throughout the U.S. and has shared the stage with Crooked Still, The Devil Makes Three, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Keller Williams, as well as many other notable acts.