The Tillers



The Tillers have been thumping their own distinctive sound of string band style folk music for over a decade, riding it all over the country and across the sea. Four studio albums and one live record have won them praise as modern folk storytellers of the national soundscape.

Mid-2017, The Tillers holed up at Candyland Recording Studio in Dayton, KY with producer Mike Montgomery (Jeremy Pinnell, The Breeders) and tracked ten new songs, live to 2” tape. The recordings showcase the diversity of their writing and musicianship, from hard-tackle thump to tender graceful melody – lightening-fast banjo to intricate guitar flat picking, plaintive fiddle, deep anchoring bass and clear tenor harmonies.

Fueled by life, family, history, travel and politics, the new self-titled LP is the band’s most engaging record to date.


“Cincinnati-based Americana outfit The Tillers’ self-titled album tells folk-inspired stories through traditional string band instrumentation. The band uses roots music traditions to share a heartfelt plea for folks to be better stewards of the land.” - WIDE OPEN COUNTRY

"The Tillers’ new track ’Revolution Row’ is a fiery, socially conscious bluegrass- folk tune that looks for hope in troubled times” - NO DEPRESSION

“The most tangible result from The Tillers’ diligent road ethic shows up on the new album as a fierce intensity, as well as a casual proficiency that has elevated every aspect of the musicians’ presentation. Their sharp songwriting has been honed to an even finer edge, their instrumental skills have matured and evolved and the chemistry between members has become richer and more complex with the addition of Macheret’s talents and the subsequent re-bonding that has taken place within the newly configured quartet.” – CITY BEAT

“With five albums, extensive touring at home and abroad, and accolades to their credit, The Tillers are no late-comers to the scene and that is perfectly evident in their latest (and arguably most powerful to date) release, The Cincinnati-based band are a prime example of the real deal, a group of musicians utterly committed to their genre, earning their pedigree the honest way by actually living it.” - CHATTANOOGA PULSE

“Call them recovering punk rockers. Call them modern folk storytellers. But don’t miss this Cincinnati-based four piece’s new self-titled studio album tha spans genres, including traditional folk, bluegrass, jazz and punk.” – ISTHMUSWEEKLY


“This self-titled album finds the Cincinnati string band folkstersin fine fettle and with a sharply focused political edge and a punky energy to their bluegrassy roots. Old-school string bands have been seeing something of a revival in recent years, and The Tillers, as demonstrated on this album, are certainly up front leading the charge.” - FOLK RADIO UK (FRUK)

“… urgent and refreshing.” - ADOBE AND TEARDROPS

“This is roots/Americana/folk music at its best.” - THE SPILL MAGAZINE


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