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The Tarbox Ramblers

The Tarbox Ramblers
Saturday, June 1, 2024
$30 Advance | $33 Day of Show
Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

Taking listeners to a place where rock, backwater blues and Appalachian music come together in unexpected combinations, The Tarbox Ramblers have drawn praise from The New Yorker and Rolling Stone to All Things Considered. The Washington Post calls them “a force of nature.” Robert Plant saw the band play and recruited them, on the spot, to open a string of concert dates for him.
The Ramblers’ repertoire reaches way back, to the earliest recordings of what people now call Americana. Their approach is reverent, but only in the sense that they love the old songs. Beyond that, they play them as a roadhouse band of the 1950s might have, as songs band members all heard growing up, but were reinventing with drums and electricity. They’ve got the spirit of Memphis in their veins, and it makes for thrilling listening.

The Tarbox Ramblers’ sound is fueled by Michael Tarbox’s tough-as-Texas-barbwire guitar, Dan Keller’s virtuoso violin and the hard-hitting rhythm section of rockabilly string bassist Johnny Sciascia (pronounced “sha-sha”) and Jon Cohan on New Orleans parade drums. Tarbox’s unmistakable voice is right up front, with Keller and Sciascia contributing vocal harmonies.

The Tarbox Ramblers have released well received albums on the Rounder label and played countless shows throughout the US and Canada. Venues of note include Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Green River Festival in Massachusetts and California’s Strawberry Music Festival. To the north, the group has appeared at The Toronto Blues Festival, Alberta’s Salmon Arms Festival and, in British Columbia, The Burnaby Blues Festival.

The Ramblers’ original lineup recently played two reunion dates as a one-off chance to reconnect with each other, their fans and the music that brought them together. The shows were wildly successful, selling out a month in advance and surpassing anyone’s expectations. The band sounded as if it hadn’t played for days rather than years, and the audience was with them every step of the way. It all felt very familiar, and the guys in the band immediately agreed they should do it again soon. So here we are. All that’s old is made new again. If you like roots music that’s real and uncompromising, check The Tarbox Ramblers out. They just might be the band for you.
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