Americana music

The Tillers bring folk, Americana
music to Historic Hoosier Theater

Their punk influence has set
them apart from other folk groups

Staff Report

VEVAY, Ind. (April 2010) – Cincinnati-based The Tillers will perform their folk, Americana music at the Historic Hoosier Theater in Vevay, Ind., at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 10.

The Tillers

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The Tillers’ punk rock influence
has given their folk music
a distinctive bite.

The Tillers got their start in August 2007 when Cincinnati friends Mike Oberst, Sean Geil and Jason Soudrette began thumping around with some banjos and guitars and a big wooden bass. While Soudrette eventually parted from the group, the addition of Aaron Geil completed the trio.
The songs they played were mostly older than their grandparents, and included the music of Woody Guthrie, southern blues laments, and anonymous relics of Appalachian woods, churches, riverboats, railroads, prairies, and coal mines.
Their look didn’t fit the stereotype. They were clearly recovering punk rockers with roots in Cincy’s west side punk rock and hardcore scene. The punk influence gave their sound a distinctive bite, setting them apart from most other folk acts – a hard-driving percussive strum and stomp that brought new pulse and vinegar to some very old songs.
But their musical range soon proved itself as they floated from hard-tackle thumping to tender graceful melody, all the while topped by Oberst and Geil’s clear tenor harmonies.
The Tillers have won over Cincinnati’s bar and festival scene, launching tours with tireless momentum. In 2009 they were awarded CityBeat Magazine’s Cincinnati Entertainment Award for best Folk and American act.

• The Hoosier Theater is located on 209 Ferry St. in downtown Vevay. General admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the door with $5 youth tickets. For more information call (812) 427-3237. or visit: www.VevayIn.com.

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