THE TARBOX RAMBLERS
“Between the fiddle, string bass, drums and slide guitar,
you won't know what hit you.” - The New Yorker
Taking listeners to a place where rock, primitive blues and Appalachian music come together in unexpected combinations, The Tarbox Ramblers have made a name for themselves with a rough-hewn, direct sound that’s attracted rabid fans and critical praise.
The Ramblers self-titled first album, on Rounder, was a juke-joint gem with a loose take on traditional songs that went way back. Pushed along by a cave-man rhythm section, fierce violin, and Michael Tarbox’s barbed-wire guitar, it was a surprise hit. The New Yorker said “Between the fiddle, string bass, drums and slide guitar, you won't know what hit you,” while The Washington Post called the group “a force of nature.” Robert Plant asked The Tarbox Ramblers to open a US tour, and later enlisted them to back his first performance with Alison Krauss, at The Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame.
The band’s follow-up, A Fix Back East, brought Memphis legend Jim Dickinson on board as producer. The result was a collection of atmospheric originals. It was a heavier record than its predecessor, and extended The Ramblers’ range as it dug deeper into its roots music inspirations. MOJO gave A Fix Back East four stars, All Things Considered aired a rave review ; The Philadelphia Inquirer called it “a tour de force.” The producers of the TV show Sons of Anarchy liked what they heard too, picking up a few of its songs and introducing The Ramblers to new listeners throughout the US and Europe.
The Ramblers’ sound continues to evolve. Its repertoire, fueled by Michael Tarbox’s songs, continues to grow. The group is at home as a rock band, a hillbilly band, and a country blues band. In fact, it’s always been all those things, simultaneously. No matter what they do, though, The Ramblers keep it raw, and real. If that’s how like your roots music, check The Tarbox Ramblers out. They may just be the band for you.
The Tarbox Ramblers are: Michael Tarbox, guitar and vocals; Adam Mujica, drums; Jim Haggerty, bass; Daniel Kellar, violin.
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.”