The Tarbox Ramblers play wild music, rooted in backwoods blues. It’s powerful stuff. 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 Ramblers’ first shows explored rural southern music; the band dug deep, and with barbed-wire electric guitar, hypnotic beats and some beautiful vocal harmonies, came up with something new. It was trance music, and dance music. Like the blues, it gave darkness its due. But it also tapped into something cathartic and redemptive. It led to some unforgettable shows.
The band’s own songs are direct and yearning. They conjure, and can make you see. They have a dangerous beauty, and are all about men and women, love, desire and regret. They’re brooding and yearning, and they have the 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.
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.
The Tarbox Ramblers are: Michael Tarbox, guitar and vocals; Adam Mujica, drums; Jim Haggerty, bass; Dan 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.”