Michigan roots and "thrift-store Americana"
The Rough & Tumble are as easy to detect as a stray dog on your doorstep—and as difficult to send home. The dumpster-folk, thriftstore-Americana duo, consisting of Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler, have been circulating around the country in their 16’ camper since 2015. They picked up a couple of actual strays along the way—two 100-lb. dogs, Puddle & Magpie Mae—and have been making themselves at home in living rooms, bars, theaters, and festivals across the country. The Rough & Tumble are collectors ... a new kind of collector: songwriting with illustration, and arranging each song with a menagerie of instruments, ranging from acoustic guitars to mailbox snares to a banjulele.
The Lucky Nows play dynamic, high-energy Americana folk-rock with echoes of Isbell and Isakov and a bluesy center. Their music draws from every genre, delivering a wide range of lyric-driven originals with intricate arrangements and gorgeous harmonies. If Steve Earle had a love-child with Lucinda Williams, and that child was raised by Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault, and frequently visited by Shovels & Rope and the ghost of Townes Van Zandt, their debut CD would sound eerily similar to The Lucky Nows' "Rise." The Lucky Nows feature Detroiter Jen Cass on vocals.