The Rough & Tumble aren’t casual road dogs, but they’re not letting on either. From their earworm melodies to their heartstring lyrics, this dumpster-folk/thrift store Americana duo refuses to bring the haggard, road-worn stereotype to their audience-- even though they’ve earned it. Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler formed The Rough & Tumble in 2011 and a few years later sold everything they could, bought a 16’ camper and hit the road with their two rescue dogs, playing roughly 150 shows a year to audiences across the USA and Canada. Equally at home in festival settings, listening rooms and house concerts, their commanding stage presence, sharp banter and engaging performances won them The Listening Room Network’s Artist of the Year award in 2019. Songwriters and storytellers, the duo will have you in stitches one minute and falling apart at the seams the next.
In February 2021 The Rough & Tumble dug into the severed branch of their family tree, releasing their newest album, We’re Only Family If You Say So, a full length record about what it takes to be family-- and what it means to lose it. With a single debuting on The Bluegrass Situation and Grateful Web referring to the album as "a must listen," it has been embraced by fans for its stark honesty, unique storytelling and well-crafted melodies, especially at a time when families are deeply divided. The new record follows 2019's Howling Back at the Wounded Dog, an album to which the response was audible, with audiences literally howling back at performances coast-to-coast, and whose opening track "The HardestPart" won the Independent Music Awards' Best Americana Song of 2019. Catch The Rough & Tumble rambling into your town September 20, 2021, 7:00 PM at Preservation Hall!
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