Gimme a Break: Tumbleweed Company
For the month of March, we chose Tumbleweed Company, a 5 piece Americana band based in Boston, MA. The band all met while attending Berklee College of Music, and Tumbleweed Company is a melting pot of folk, blues, gospel, and bluegrass to come up with a sound all their own. The band is hard at work on their follow up EP, tentatively titled, The Birds. Be on the look for it, and in the meantime, you can hear their brand new song "The Birds". You can also catch a really cool rendition of their song "Distant Peak Holler" at Detroit's St. John Church here!
Hometown: Boston, MA
Members: Jeff Adamczyk (Vocals, Piano, Organ, Mandolin), Ryan Toll (Vocals, Guitar), Sarah Mount (Vocals), Will Cafao (Bass), Jayme Tardiff (Drums)
Album: This Is Tumbleweed Company
For Fans Of: Fleet Foxes, The Avett Brothers, Bon Iver, The Punch Brothers
I like the name. Where'd it come from?
Jayme: The name was inspired by an Elton John record "Tumbleweed Connection", which also features a cover of Keith Urban's "Country Comfort".
What have you guys been up to over the past few months? What do you have planned for 2012?
Jeff: For 2012 we're going to do a lot of local shows and focus on getting a great recording done because we haven't been able to do a lot of recording recently. We're also planning on moving to Nashville in September so we're just kind of gearing up for that and working on putting together a summer tour probably around the Northeast.
What's it like being in the band?
Sarah: Being in the band is like being in the car of Alanis Morissette's music video for "Ironic". It's like having a second family with lots of big brothers who are all really talented and good looking. Everyone has really different personalities but we all love what we're doing together and really look out for each other. In fewer words, we just have a lot of fun together.
What do you guys do when you're not making music together? Interests? Hobbies? Weird compulsions?
Ryan: When I'm not teaching or practicing I like to watch documentaries, read and cook. I also battle everyday with addiction to Cheez-Its.
What inspires your music and songwriting?
Ryan: Books, birds, the news, mistakes, and the subconscious all inspire me to write.
If all of you were put in a cage fight, who's the most likely to come out victorious?
Ryan: Maybe Jayme, he's the most used to hitting things, but Will would be a tough match because he's got some dojo skills.
Jeff: I'd say Sarah. She seems nice but I happen to know for a fact she fights dirty. She'd be throwing sand in our eyes, going for kneecaps...
Sarah: Who would win in a cage match? My initial answer was going to be Ryan--because he's part Native American and he'd have some transcendent Native-American-tactical-fighting-shit up his sleeve. However, upon further contemplation, I think that it would come down to Ryan and myself--and I don't think the guys know this--but I used to play Mortal Kombat on N64 like it was my lifeblood. Therefore, I know roughly 6 ways to kill a man and Ryan wouldn't stand a chance.
Because we're all about giving back, Green Light Go will feature one band or artist per month that's not on our roster and give them the break that they deserve. If you are a band interested in being considered for Gimme a Break, please contact Janelle Rogers at Janelle @glgpub.com.