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The Tillers 12" RECORD w/ download card (Muddy Roots Music Recordings)

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The Tillers 12" RECORD w/ download (Muddy Roots Music Recordings)

Download card will ship with the album.

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"We’ve been working on our fifth album for over a year now, writing all new songs like Shanty Boat, The Road Neverending and I Gotta Move. We spent last winter in the studio with Brian Olive and Mark Van Patten pouring our hearts and souls into these new recordings. This spring we’ve been throwing ideas back and fourth with artist Keith Neltner who has been creating some amazing art for the new project. All this hard work has now come to fruition in the form of one awesome album if we do say so! We’re teaming up and releasing Hand On The Plow with Muddy Roots Recordings. The same folks who bring you Muddy Roots Fest in Tennessee and Muddy Roots Fest Belgium. A great group of ambitious and dedicated characters who we’re real excited to work with!"  -The Tillers  (


A few kind words from Col. J.D. Wilkes about the Tillers.

Like a passer-by on a summer drive through the country, I have had the privilege of monitoring the Tillers' own growth throughout the years.  Coming in with fresh eyes to each gig, I have enjoyed the fruits of the rapid advancement of their musical garden of delights.  Don't get me wrong, Mike Oberst and Sean Geil's talent were present from the beginning.  But with the addition of Aaron Geil's steady hand on the upright bass and the cultivation brought about by endless (and no doubt thankless) tours and pub dates, these "brothers in melody" were suddenly tapping into progressively deeper and darker tillage.  Put plainly: they just kept getting better and better.

Like no other group I've ever heard, the Tillers are able to break your heart with an intangible, timeless pain.  Combined they harmonize like the Celestial Monochorde of old, awakening once again the ancient muses to strum the heartstrings of man.  Apart, they voice a pained, hoarse timbre that hearkens to their own personal losses...losses we all sweetly suffer vicariously through their melody. 
The metaphor of gardening and growth is not lost on those who hear The Tillers.  The arabesque spread of their burgeoning tones resemble the health of summer plantlife, spring rains and abundance.  It comes as no surprise that singer/banjoist Mike Oberst is himself a farmer (there is something to be said for real life, agrarian experience and its natural bi-product of folk music.) 
Knuckled roots weaving through the Appalachian coffins of old souls buried in veins of coal...The Earth and Her cycles of life and death is the running theme here.  But isn't it the ultimate theme?  Whether the modern ear is turned deaf to these truths or not, we all must heed the holler that the Tillers intone.
Nose to the ground, hand on the plow, hard work and harmonies.  Take it from an old fan, if you are reading this now, you are the lucky one.  For this is fertile ground indeed.

Col. J.D. Wilkes

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