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. Clawhammer banjo, acoustic guitar and upright bass meet high mountain harmonies that belt, croon, lament and rejoice. They continue to plot their travels around the map, electrifying new places and making new friends wherever they go. From place to place, they carry with them more instruments, new songs, and funnier stories. They are Cincinnati’s traveling minstrels. Expect to hear from them soon. -Bio by Pete Wood-
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.
“The Tillers.. I could sit and listen to them all night long!” - Iris Dement
“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