Taking listeners to a place where Appalachian music and backwoods blues meet in powerful, unexpected combinations, The Tarbox Ramblers have drawn raves from Rolling Stone, All Things Considered and more. The Washington Post calls The Tarbox Ramblers “a force of nature”; The New Yorker says “Between the fiddle, string bass, drums and slide guitar, you won't know what hit you.”
The band is led by smoky-voiced singer Michael Tarbox, whose arrangements of rural southern music, in a rock band setting, are what first put The Ramblers on the map. Over time Tarbox has also proven himself a skillful writer. His songs reflect some of the spiritual yearning, and the high lonesome sound, you hear in old blues and gospel records. Like old folk tales, they seem rooted in ancient shared experience. And, like the songs of Hank Williams or Billie Holiday, they have a lived-in quality that’s characteristic of the best American roots music. Most importantly, they convey a deeply personal emotional landscape in a distinctive voice. Tarbox's guitar playing, sharp as Texas barbed-wire, brings it all together.
The Tarbox Ramblers have released two albums on the Rounder label, toured throughout North America and Europe, and shared the stage with Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller, Dave Alvin and more. The band's songs can be heard in the TV shows Sons of Anarchy and Supernatural.
All Things Considered: “Homemade rock ‘n’ roll with a dose of rattlesnake venom and gospel-drenched howling.”
The New Yorker: “Between the fiddle, string bass, drums and slide guitar, you won't know what hit you.”
Twangville: "At the heart of Tarbox’s music is his guitar, as raw as it is charismatic. It creates an electricity that courses through every song."
The Boston Globe: "Intoxicatingly original”
AllMusic.com: “…Starkly beautiful textures that are drenched in sepia-toned images, and black and white newsreels from the focal point of the ravaged human heart… a slash and burn affair that holds it secrets close, and offers its dirty treasures abundantly and regally…"
Calgary Sun: “Tarbox is the most evocative and distinctive blues-roots artist to come down the pike in ages.”