The Rough & Tumble



The Rough & Tumble met when Mallory Graham found a notebook on a double-decker bus. When she opened it there were pages and pages of words from sad, old country songs, to-do lists with nothing crossed out, pages torn from church hymnals, minor league baseball tickets, self-written wedding vows, a Number 1 China take-out menu and a copy of the declaration of independence with all the vowels circled in red ink. She saw Scott Tyler sitting in the corner of the bus drinking coffee and she asked if it was his. “Yes,” he said, even though it wasn’t. “Do you remember the melodies?” he asked. “Yes,” she said, even though she didn’t.

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New Father’s Day song is up. It’s called, Genetic Sadness. Go to it.

Not Polite

Back up in the Windy City, The Rough & Tumble rolled out of their beds at 7:30, brushed their teeth, and had just enough time grab a guitar and a rattle before they were led to the underbelly of the Chicago Transit System. There, in their most disgruntled state they were asked to perform their most disgruntled song.

This is Not Polite, released in September of this year on our latest EP, “For You, Now That You’re Married…and for me, too.”

Thanks to Dan Stewart and to Keith Moechnig and Fair Gift Live for putting us through this.

Click the title above to view the video.

The Rough & Tumble have been on the road for over a week, with just another short week to go.  Starting out our adventures in Asheville, NC, we find ourselves on the couch of a good friend now in Philadelphia, PA.  We did yoga on a roof overlooking the city.  Drank coffee.  We’re moments away from loading up that tiny car and heading up to NYC tonight for our northeastern debut in Googie’s Lounge.

Yesterday we took a day to explore Baltimore, MD, eat some seafood, and decide on our fearlessness with being in a new region of the country.  Sure, we miss the ready-and-eager kindness and hospitality of the south, but the north isn’t all bad.  It did produce Mallory, after all. 

We have had ease in travel and shows, meeting nothing but new friends and kind words.  And sometimes even a few pretty pictures, like the one you see here, taken by a friend in Asheville at the show we did at Biltmore Lake. 

We’d tell you more, but thankfully, there’s been little to report.  Just an appreciation for the fall weather, and that looming threat of Frankenstorm on the way.  We’ll be hightailing home to Nashville before you know it.

The Rough & Tumble have been on the road for over a week, with just another short week to go.  Starting out our adventures in Asheville, NC, we find ourselves on the couch of a good friend now in Philadelphia, PA.  We did yoga on a roof overlooking the city.  Drank coffee.  We’re moments away from loading up that tiny car and heading up to NYC tonight for our northeastern debut in Googie’s Lounge.

Yesterday we took a day to explore Baltimore, MD, eat some seafood, and decide on our fearlessness with being in a new region of the country.  Sure, we miss the ready-and-eager kindness and hospitality of the south, but the north isn’t all bad.  It did produce Mallory, after all. 

We have had ease in travel and shows, meeting nothing but new friends and kind words.  And sometimes even a few pretty pictures, like the one you see here, taken by a friend in Asheville at the show we did at Biltmore Lake. 

We’d tell you more, but thankfully, there’s been little to report.  Just an appreciation for the fall weather, and that looming threat of Frankenstorm on the way.  We’ll be hightailing home to Nashville before you know it.

There’s a lot to say, I guess. We’ve had a busy few weeks in Rough & Tumble land: playing some really fun shows and meeting some really great people in KT, AL, PA, OH, TN, releasing our 3rd EP, "For You, Now That You’re Married…and for me, too", filming a music video, letting others in on our plans for 2013, and general fall merriment. Today, we even ate acorn squash. 
And things are about to get busier for us. 
This week we head up to Clarksville, St. Louis, Louisville for some shows and then get back to Nashville to prepare for a two and a half week trip on up the East Coast. We’re really excited to visit you and we hope you are too! Tour dates are up at reverbnation.
See you soon!

There’s a lot to say, I guess. We’ve had a busy few weeks in Rough & Tumble land: playing some really fun shows and meeting some really great people in KT, AL, PA, OH, TN, releasing our 3rd EP, "For You, Now That You’re Married…and for me, too", filming a music video, letting others in on our plans for 2013, and general fall merriment. Today, we even ate acorn squash.

And things are about to get busier for us. 

This week we head up to Clarksville, St. Louis, Louisville for some shows and then get back to Nashville to prepare for a two and a half week trip on up the East Coast. We’re really excited to visit you and we hope you are too! Tour dates are up at reverbnation.

See you soon!

Hello there, Rough and Tumbling fans and friends!  Step right on up— this medicine show’s got wheels that’re comin’ to your town!

That means, we’ve made some new things in our houses and a diorama to go with it for when we come to see you.  

We’ve been scheming for months to find ways for you to have a complete Rough & Tumble lifestyle.  But we’ve only managed a way into your mailbox and shower.  We hope you don’t mind.

First up, Tumble’s Bathtub Latte: for all of your Rough mornings.  It’s a body scrub made mostly of coffee (something the R&T can hardly live without).  You can snag a 2.5 ounce jar of it at the next show (assuming we don’t run out) and use it “til it’s all gone,” as 3-year-old spokesman Iason C. Elder would say.  We’d advise not using it at night, as the caffeine has kept us up many a late night.  But our skin felt oh-so-nice!

Second up, greeting cards!  We make each one ourselves, and they are compiled of fancy artwork and our very own song lyrics.  You know, for saying all the things you didn’t much need to say in the first place.

As per usual, we have our first CD, “We Sing in Your House When You’re Not There…” and our second CD, “We Don’t Believe in Monsters, Anymore…” available at our Bandcamp site, and in real life.  And if you can wait just one more week, we have our third release, “For You, Now That You’re Married…” rarin’ to go, too.  

These things will soon be found for physical purchase on our Bandcamp site within the week.  So if you’re feeling all alone in your house, pick up a R&T item or two to ease the void.  Oh!  And come out to our shows if you’re in the same town for a little shake-and-howdy, too!

See you soon!

Love,

The Rough & Tumble

If you are reading this, it’s too late.

They’ve escaped— all of them.  At least we hope this is all of them.

Though we hoped we could speak into existence that We Don’t, in fact, Believe in Monsters, Anymore, we decided to further investigate and check under our own beds.  And closets.  And front porches.  And showers.  And cookie jars.

They.  Are.  Everywhere.

And they’ve escaped!  We’re terribly sorry, and terribly frightened.

We were able to lock them in for 14 straight hours of observation and experimentation, and recorded our findings via Garageband.  But they knocked out the front windows and escaped— not before crashing Scott’s computer.  With one lone rough (and tumble) copy on a shoddy CD-R, we took them to master sound scientist, Chris Leonard, to extract the information.  

And now, it’s available to you.  On Bandcamp.  With some other things you can read and discover— if you dare.

Many, many apologies.  We did everything we could.  It’s in your hands, now.

Remorsefully Yours,

The Rough & Tumble
www.theroughandtumble.bandcamp.com

If you are reading this, it’s too late.

They’ve escaped— all of them.  At least we hope this is all of them.

Though we hoped we could speak into existence that We Don’t, in fact, Believe in Monsters, Anymore, we decided to further investigate and check under our own beds.  And closets.  And front porches.  And showers.  And cookie jars.

They.  Are.  Everywhere.

And they’ve escaped!  We’re terribly sorry, and terribly frightened.

We were able to lock them in for 14 straight hours of observation and experimentation, and recorded our findings via Garageband.  But they knocked out the front windows and escaped— not before crashing Scott’s computer.  With one lone rough (and tumble) copy on a shoddy CD-R, we took them to master sound scientist, Chris Leonard, to extract the information.  

And now, it’s available to you.  On Bandcamp.  With some other things you can read and discover— if you dare.

Many, many apologies.  We did everything we could.  It’s in your hands, now.

Remorsefully Yours,

The Rough & Tumble

www.theroughandtumble.bandcamp.com

Song-Fulfilled Prophesies

So here’s a little tidbit about The Rough & Tumble this summer— we can’t seem to play a single show.  Now, granted, we joked at the beginning of the sticky hot weather that we were more of a winter band (seeing as Scott’s suit jackets and my matching sweaters get awfully unbearable in the great southern heat), but we were willing to adjust more than our wardrobe to make it out for a few chances to keep the song-rust at bay before our tour-heavy fall.  

But we couldn’t.  

Now, occasionally, maybe, kind of, Scott and I geek out in Rough-and-Tumble-ese, a language composed of only song lyrics we had written to describe particular situations.  (Don’t be alarmed— this isn’t usually more than a few quips to boost morale.  We solemnly promise not to release a “Speak Like R&T” manual… any time soon).  And on other occasions, we have written a song that doesn’t quite make sense until future events take place.  Pieces come together and there we are, sitting on stage, singing that song— and we look over at each other wide-eyed with realization.

So I can’t help but be worried (in hindsight) that these last few shows have been our own doing.  This spring we wrote a song called “Lease Agreement,” that a few of you have had the chance to listen to live.  The chorus reads much like a lease— “It was a case of fire; it was a case of water; it was a case of damage by an act of God.”   We’ve referenced it on a number of occasions, curious about it’s final outcome.  And now, with each of us heading back to our respective childhood homes this week and not a single show played this summer, we seem to have lived out the last of it’s binding contract.

FIRE: Show #1 cancelled due to drought.

WATER: Show #2 cancelled due to rain.

ACT OF GOD: Show #3 cancelled due to a few plagues of poison ivy and my missing voice.

Sure, in the meantime, we’ve also been able to do things like record the “Bear Hope EP” with our friend, Kelsey Rottiers.  We’ve recorded our third release to be expected this fall.  We’ve even recorded an extra-curricular piece you’ll be receiving (for free!) when we return from our families in a week or so.  But what The Rough & Tumble loves most is traveling from city to city to see you all.  

So with that song-fulfilled prophesy over, we’re more ready than ever to see as many of you as possible in these last 2012 month.  If you’re ready to see us, check out our tour schedule at the link below.  Can’t wait.  

Love,

The R&T

The Rough & Tumble Tour Schedule!

"When I start making beats and doing my remixes, "Tiny Camera" will be the first I do."- Ryan Champ
You can listen to the non-champed version over at http://theroughandtumble.bandcamp.com/track/tiny-camera

"When I start making beats and doing my remixes, "Tiny Camera" will be the first I do."- Ryan Champ

You can listen to the non-champed version over at http://theroughandtumble.bandcamp.com/track/tiny-camera

Tumble tumbled into a bit of trouble back in her younger years— trouble with a man friend who became less of a friend, and probably less of a man.  Or at least he did after trying to contact Tumble one last time and getting the rough and tough Papa Graham on the line.  What did Papa Graham say?

"If you ever,ever,try and contact my daughter again— if you so much as see her walking down the street and look her way— I promise you this:  You’ll be in Hell, and I’ll be in jail."

No one has since heard from this man.

To listen to our murder ballad, head this way http://theroughandtumble.bandcamp.com/track/chandelier. 

Tumble tumbled into a bit of trouble back in her younger years— trouble with a man friend who became less of a friend, and probably less of a man.  Or at least he did after trying to contact Tumble one last time and getting the rough and tough Papa Graham on the line.  What did Papa Graham say?

"If you ever,ever,try and contact my daughter again— if you so much as see her walking down the street and look her way— I promise you this:  You’ll be in Hell, and I’ll be in jail."

No one has since heard from this man.

To listen to our murder ballad, head this way http://theroughandtumble.bandcamp.com/track/chandelier

"Parasol. I think that’s my favorite."
-Mallory’s Mother
http://theroughandtumble.bandcamp.com/track/parasol

"Parasol. I think that’s my favorite."

-Mallory’s Mother

http://theroughandtumble.bandcamp.com/track/parasol