Compass Records has released four digital albums of music recorded during the 2012 season of Music City Roots, a Nashville-based radio and television program airing each Wednesday evening from The Loveless Barn. Each of the four is titled based on loose stylistic groupings of the music featured on the show: GrassRoots, SongRoots, TwangRoots and SoulRoots.


Of primary interest is the GrassRoots edition, with tracks from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Sam Bush, Della Mae, The Steeldrivers, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Tillers Folly, Kathy Mattea, Town Mountain and The Westbound Rangers.


All of the music was captured live, in front of the Loveless Barn audience.These albums are only offered as digital downloads, and purchasers of the full album downloads will also receive a digital booklet with song notes from Craig Havighurst and concert photos from Anthony Scarlati.


The SongRoots edition celebrates songwriters like Darrell Scott, withTwangRoots highlighting rockabilly and country swing. Tim O’Brien has a cut on theTwangRoots album. SoulRootsfeatures music with R&B influences and blue-eyed soul.


GrassRoots is available now for sale from iTunes, Amazon and other popular digital download sites.


Tillers Folly is excited to announce they have been added as special guest opener for legendary singer/songwriter David Bromberg on two dates in in the Northwest in December.


December 5th finds Tillers opening for David in Seattle at the acclaimed Triple Door followed by December 6th at St James Hall in Kitsilano, BC (suburb west of Vancouver). The St. James show is presented by The Rogue Folk Club.


We invite you to join us in what will be two unforgetable evenings

The filming and recording are done now comes the editing

We had a great weekend at Blue Frog studios Special Thanks to Kelly and Juanita at Blue Frog, Gene, Shawn Liam and the rest of the video crew, Ron and Luke on the live recording, Ted on the sound, Doug on Keys and Robin and Brian for helping out.


We'll get the editing done over the next few weeks and hopefully the first video will be out in May!  Please have listen to the New CD 'Go The Road' if you haven't yet.  Our fans are loving this new CD.  Samples of the whole CD available on CD baby or 2 full songs here.

Tiller’s Folly’s inspired by life on the road

For the title of their latest album, Surrey and White Rock-based acoustic roots giants Tiller’s Folly borrowed an evocative phrase from Frank Delaney’s epic novel, Ireland.

Indeed, Go The Road – as a description of the lifestyle of the itinerant storyteller – fits the prolific band’s singer-songwriter Bruce Coughlan – and bandmates Laurence Knight (bass) and Nolan Murray (mandolin) to a T.

For them, the road has travelled historic byways of B.C. and the Pacific Northwest; followed Celtic roots all the way back to Scotland and is now, thanks to new manager Brian Smith of Georgia’s Leadership Artists, forging connections with classic American roots styles in heartland USA.

That the road also has a few local loops is admirably illustrated by two special album release concerts, including live video recording, March 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. at White Rock’s Blue Frog Studios (1328 Johnston Rd.).

Joining Tiller’s Folly for the events will be three artists of international repute who also happen to call the Peninsula home: keyboardist Doug Johnson (of Loverboy), famed videographer Gene Greenwood and award-winning studio engineer Ron Cote.

“Gene was picked up on a Stones tour right out of high school in North Van,” said band spokesperson Knight. “He’s worked with everybody in the music business. Even NASCAR wanted him to do a video for them, and he lives right in our neighbourhood.

“And Ron, who did the DVD we shot live at the Cannery in Richmond – A Fine Kettle of Fish – recorded a couple of Stevie Ray and Chilliwack records.”

Johnson is a long-time friend and musical associate, Knight said.

“Doug and I are good buddies, and he was kind enough to ask me to join a jam band he has with Don Wells – we get together a couple of times a month, schedules permitting, to play jazz standards and Steely Dan tunes.”

Johnson will fill in some of the piano and string sounds which, thanks to the multi-talented producer Joby Baker of Victoria, are found on the album.

“Doug is such an incredible musician – he was going to play on three songs and now he’s playing six,” said Knight, who added one will be a special piano feature for the versatile Johnson.

“We picked on a tune where Doug’s going to burn – an old Bob Wills piece called Panhandle Rag, on which Doug can get some of his chops out. We’re excited.”

Aim of the two sessions at Blue Frog is to produce four or five ‘viral’ videos and perhaps provide material for an eventual DVD release, Knight said.

The Go The Road album, itself, has a series of guest artists that have been described as “a who’s who of acoustic music.”

Foremost among them are John Cowan (currently of the Doobie Brothers) and Sam Bush, both of Newgrass Revival.

“We caught up to the band late, but they became a favourite of Tiller’s Folly in the early 2000s,” Knight said.

“To have Sam and John singing together for the first time in years, with Bruce, is a real thrill.” Other guest star turns on Go The Road include accordionist and Scottish Music Hall of Fame member Phil Cunningham, ace Dobro player Randy Kohrs, singer Cia Cherryholmes (of the Cherryholmes), frequent Bush and Cowan band members Scott Vestal and Jeff Autry, Josh Shilling (Mountain Heart) and Ronnie McCoury (The Del McCoury Band, The Travellin’ McCourys).

The guest list came together quite naturally and organically out of contacts the band has made on the U.S. scene, Knight said, spurred by the fact that their original choice for a fourth band member for the album, a local guitarist, “had some kind of life-altering change and cancelled out.”

Knight said the band is amazed and flattered that so many artists insisted they wanted to participate in their music.

But next week’s concerts will definitely shine the spotlight on the core and heart of Tiller’s Folly – the combined talents of Coughlan, Nolan and Knight, who have worked together for 12 years now.

Knight acknowledges he has stepped up his game by playing upright bass on all of the tracks, at the urging of producer Baker.

“He’s such a talented guy, he’s the reason I hung up my producer’s hat,’ he said.

The album also benefits from Nolan’s “musicality,” Knight said, noting that he recently had a ‘Mando-caster’ – essentially an electronic mandolin – handmade for him.

“We thought he played fast before – now he’s just burning,” Knight said.

“And Bruce constantly challenges us with new repertoire. He’s writing so many songs now and to such a high level, that the record really came together quickly.”

Tickets ($35) are available from 604-542-3055, or www.bluefrogstudios.ca

Filming and recording Dates at Blue Frog Studio in White Rock BC Mar 29-30

WE are set to release our eagerly anticipated new album, “Go The Road” with two very special local concerts on March 29-30 2012 at 7:30 pm each night, at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock, BC. These two intimate concerts, set to be filmed and recorded, will create videos that will be used to promote ``Go The Road`` internationally and on the web.

A DVD of the event also is planned, creating a lasting memory of this unique event. Joining Tiller`s Folly on this special event are Loverboy keyboardist Doug Johnson, famed videographer Gene Greenwood and award winning studio engineer Ron Cote. Call 604-542-3055 or visit http://www.bluefrogstudios.ca/newshows.html to order tickets.

To get your copy or to hear samples go to CD Baby at http://www.cdbaby.com/Search/VGlsbGVycyBGb2xseQ%3d%3d/0. or at our website  http://www.tillersfolly.com/publicfiles/gotheroad.html

We would really like to see many of our best friends and most enthusiastic supporters out at this show as the footage will go a long way towards promoting this great new CD. Please come out and support Tiller's at these special concerts. 

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