10/19/2012- New LIVE Release, Farewell to the Historic Southgate House, NOV.10th

Join us (and the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys!) November 10th 2012 for the release of our first live album, Farewell To The Historic Southgate House! We recorded this sold out show last winter just a few days before the best venue in Cincinnati/Newport KY shut down. This place was a home to us and other DIY bands locally and all over the country. From punk to country to jazz to folk, bands brought it all to the Southgate House. We're sad to see it gone.

The good news is that we've got a new home. THE SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL is the new venue started by the old and trusted owners. Don't miss our first show at the new venue and the release of a memorial album to the old favorite.

The Southgate House Revival
111 E. 6th Street
Newport KY 41071

Tickets now on sale at:

Mike and The Tillers

1/15/2012- What a year! Past and Present.

Hello everyone. 2011 is over and what a year it was. From Texas to Okemah OK to New Orleans to Brooklyn NY to the far reaches of northern Wisconsin we traversed these great states. We'll never forget our friends on the road and folks we've had the pleasure of sharing the stage with, including another year with our hero Doc Watson. We will also fondly remember the wonderful benefit that we worked so hard to make happen, "To Sing With You Once More" www.tosingwithyouoncemore.com and tip our hats in remembrance of the great Southgate House.

We now venture into another year, and it's shaping up to be a good one for sure. Catch us in our hometown of Cincinnati for a few winter months. When the snow starts to melt we hit the road for our annual March tour (check out the dates and places under our shows link). The wheels continue to turn after that so keep checking out our website for added dates in a city, county, field, festival, basement or outhouse near you.

We love you all and thank you for your support in the old year. Keep on Tillin'!

Mike and The Tillers

9/4/2011- To Sing With You Once More, a Memorial for Mike Seeger and Lori Oberst

Come join us on November 19th at The Southgate House in Newport KY for an evening of traditional folk and roots music from around the country. This show will feature acts like John Cohen -w- The Dust Busters, Tracy Schwarz and Ginny Hawker, Lee Sexton -w- Brett Ratliff and John Haywood, and many more artists from Chattanooga, over to St.Louis and across to New York City.

The event will raise money for research and awareness of the cancer known as multiple myeloma. The disease claimed the lives of folk legend Mike Seeger, as well as my mother Lori Oberst. Proceeds from the show will be donated to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Mike Seeger Scholarship Fund.

The Tillers will also be releasing their newest album during the event, and a portion of sales will also be donated to the receiving charities.

Check out the official facebook site for more info and a complete listing of performers.

To Sing With You One More

Mike and The Tillers

6/7/2011- The Tillers Album now Available Online, Come and Get It!

It's been a long time comin' but as of now you can order yer favorite Tillers songs online through CD Baby.com. We've been pestered and poked for years now by out of town friends to get this up and running. Well, here you have it. If you live in our home town of Cincinnati we urge you to go get it at our local, Shake It Records who have both of our albums. For those of you afar, this is the ticket. So here it is!

Buy Album: By The Signs

Mike and The Tillers

5/13/2011- The Tillers in Relix Magazine

Hey all, just a note to let you know that yours truly will be appearing in the June issue 232 of the great Relix Magazine! It's the 11th Annual Festival Guide Issue with My Morning Jacket on the cover. This issue includes a sampler CD with some great bands on it including your own Tillers. Grab ya one before they disappear.


Mike and The Tillers

4/6/2011- SXSW, Summer Fests and Tours Galore!

Spring is in full swing and the 'Gus Bus' is already rollin'! We just got back from our big tour down south into New Orleans where we busked our butts off on Royal and Frenchmen, Over to Austin to play South By Southwest then made our pilgrimage to the childhood home of Woody Guthrie in Okemah, Oklahoma. All the while playing shows in every city from here to there. What a time and all went well! The next chance you get please check out our updated 'shows' page right here on the site. Tons of show listings for the year including tours through Kentucky, West Virginia, Michigan in May, New York in June including the Brooklyn Folk Festival, a few Wisconsin tours and festivals, Our annual show in North Carolina with Doc Watson and all sorts of festivals and gigs in Indiana and Ohio like the Whispering Beard Folk Festival. Alright, start yer engines 2011 here we come!

Mike, Sean & Aaron, The Tillers

11/23/2010- The Tillers Win Best Folk/Americana Act for 2010's Cincinnati Entertainment Awards!

The competition was tough but somehow we've won the award for the second year in a row. We were nominated this year in two categories, Artist of the Year and Album of the Year. We didn't take those home but what an honor to be nominated. Thanks so much to our friends and family for voting and supporting us. It's great to live in a city with such groups like Citybeat Magazine who care about supporting and recognizing our local music. THANKS! Below is a picture of last years win.

Mike and The Tillers

10/10/2010- Home safe from our Fall Tour!

Just got back tonight from our fall tour of Richmond, KY/ Lexington, KY/ Versailles, IN/ Nashville/ Berea, KY/ Knoxville/ Chattanooga/ Black Mtn. NC and Asheville, NC. The shows went very well and we met lots of new friends. The Blue Plate Special in Knoxville was great again for our third year in a row. Below is a picture of us busking in Nashville.

Mike and The Tillers

9/5/2010- Lantern Lullaby, The Tillers new music video.

One cold night last January we got together with our good friend and film wiz Pete Ohs to make lantern lullaby. All was well until the power went out all over town. Luckily we had the lanterns.

Mike, Sean & Aaron, The Tillers

8/29/2010- The Tillers at the Whispering Beard Folk Festival -w- Guy Clark.

Whispering Beard Folk Festival weekend has come to a close. This year was awesome! We opened for Mr. Guy Clark on Saturday night, check the photo below if you'd like. See ya next year Beardos!

Mike and The Tillers

8/23/2010- The Tillers -w- Doc Watson in Todd, NC!

Our big weekend has come to a close and what a weekend it was. Lexington Thursday, Johnson City Friday then off to Todd, NC on Saturday to meet Doc Watson. Upon arrival to the Blue Ridge Mountains we got off course a bit. Our all knowing GPS led us up dirt mountain roads to heights and roadside drops never seen by the "Gus Bus". Finally made it to the town of Todd where the real fun began. We played a great set in the rain but for a crowd that seemed not to notice. Next came Doc and the rain let up when he played "Keep on the Sunny Side". How about that! After the show we got to meet the legend himself. "You boys sure rattled the rafters" says Doc! What a great experience and one we'll NEVER forget.

Mike, Sean & Aaron, The Tillers

6/29/2010- Just Announced, The Tillers -w- Ramblin' Jack Elliott!

It's official, we'll be opening for Mr. Ramblin' Jack Elliott himself on September 16th at the Historic Southgate House in Newport Kentucky. If you don't know who Ramblin' Jack is, well you've got a lot to learn so this'll be a perfect time. Wall Street Journal says "Ramblin' Jack Elliott, last musical partner of Woody Guthrie, mentor and model for young Bob Dylan, and sonic grandfather of just about every scruffy-voiced folksinger in the Western world." if that gives you any indication! Don't miss this up close and personal show with us and Ramblin' Jack..

Mike, Sean & Aaron, The Tillers

5/7/2010- Willie Nelson and The Tillers Show Canceled...

It's sad but true. Our big show with Mr. Willie Nelson has been canceled as he has recently suffered a torn rotator cuff. No rescheduled date has been given but if so we'll keep you updated. We're pretty bummed as you can guess but hope to meet up again somewhere down the line. So, good luck and fast healing Willie. Stay offa' them skateboards for a bit.. kidding!

Mike, Sean & Aaron, The Tillers

This Just In, The Tillers open for Willie Nelson May 12th!

We were just asked today if we'd like to open the show for Willie and after a millisecond of thought we said HECK YEAH! So mark this date on yer calendars and get yer butts to the show!!! Whoo Hooo Willie!

May 12th 2010
PNC Pavilion
Cincinnati Ohio

The Tillers

Some Festivals To Find Us This Summer!

Here are some great festivals where you can find us this summer. Gonna be a great time!

Ohio River Valley Folk Festival - May 22nd - Madison, IN
(with bands like the carolina chocolate drops, loudon wainwright II, subdudes, uncle monk and the asylum st. spankers. you won't want to miss this festival)

Brooklyn Folk Festival - May 23rd - Brooklyn, NY
(we know John Cohen will be there so that's enough for us!)

American Music Festival - July 1,2,3 - Chicago, IL
(live from fitzgerald's in chicago town. three days of american roots music)

Forecastle Festival - July 9,10 - Louisville, KY
(With headliners like Widespread Panic and The Flaming Lips! A must see festival by the waterfront)

HullabaLOU Music Festival - July 24th - Louisville, KY
(Three days of music, on five stages, We'll be on the bluegrass stage hangin' with Ricky Skaggs!)

Todd NC Concert Series feat. Doc Watson! - August 21st - Todd, NC
(gonna get to meet a national treasure and personal hero.. wow!)

Whispering Beard Folk Festival - August 28th - Morning View, KY
(folk and beards for three days)

Metamora Old Time Music Festival - Sept. 4th - Metamora, IN
(a great little festival in a restored 1838 canal town)

Dock Boggs Festival - Sept. 11th - Norton, VA
(honoring morgan lee "dock" boggs, one of our all time favorites)

Midpoint Music Festival - Sept.23,24,25 - Cincinnati, OH
(the biggest all music festival in the queen city)

Mike, The Tillers

March Tour Coming Up!

Back to the Gus Bus, we're leavin' town again! So it's still bone chilling cold and we just came out of a foot and a half of snow but tours almost here so that warms the spirit and excites us all for sure. The snow melts, the buds swell and the wheels turn! So here are the dates and the cities folks. Please come show yer support, we'll be having a good time but it'll be a lot better with you there!

24th - The Melody Inn - Indianapolis, IN

25th - Fitzgerald's - Chicago, IL

26th - Foundry Hall - South Haven, MI

27th - Parnell's - Cleveland, OH

28th - Abilene - Rochester, NY

30th - Subway Busk - NYC

31st - The Jalopy Theater - Brooklyn, NY

April 1st - Canal St. Tavern - Dayton, OH

Mike, The Tillers

The Tillers Play Woodsongs!

We just secured our spot on The Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour from the Kentucky Theater in Lexington KY. Hoorah! We'll be performing on March 8th! Check out the woodsongs website: www.woodsongs.com

Mike, The Tillers

The Tillers Welcome Brother Aaron Geil!

It's my privilege to announce the newest Tiller to the ranks, and the best man for the job. Aaron Geil will be our new bass player and it's official! Let's see, what can I tell ya about our new man. He's tall, dark, bearded and can thump a mean rhythm. He's also the brother of Tiller guitarist Sean, so we're keeping it in the family. Aaron has had his hand in many a musical project throughout his 29 years on this earth. Some even being shared with his bro. Groups featuring the brothers Geil include The Mount Pleasant String Band, hardcore/punk band Dead End Path and Floodwater Brown. If you caught The Tillers at 2009's Midpoint Music Festival then you've seen Aaron in action as he was filling in that show. In fact, Aaron has amazingly conquered most all songs we can throw at him from our vast repertoire already so we're not feeling any slow down whatsoever. So here we go! Get ready Aaron. We've got a busy year ahead... Cheers to the new bass man! Oneofus.Oneofus.Oneofus!

Mike, The Tillers

"Racin" Jason's Farewell

There has been much buzz recently, regarding our bass player Jason's decision to end his time with The Tillers project. I'll take this time to set the record straight. Most of you know Jason only as the hardcore old timey bass thumper, but his talents don't end there. No sir, He is also a professional sprint car driver and a damn good one at that! Jason's racing accomplishments have been many, including the top honor title of AMSA Points Champion in 2007. As a family, He, his Father and Grandfather have been the sole working hands of Soudrette Racing for many years. A family team that leaves all others in the dust, literally!

Unfortunately, the busier we get, the less time we have for the other things loved in our lives. Jason has decided to hang up his bass with The Tillers and head for the race track to dedicate more time and energy to his first love, racing! With the utmost respect we bid Jason a fond farewell and the best of luck on the track. I asked Jason to join the band not because he was a perfect specimen of a bass player. Shoot, he'd never even played the upright bass! I asked him because he is a true friend and I know that whatever he puts his heart into he never fails to accomplish. Jason is a stand up guy and we are glad to have him always as one of the three who got this Tiller moving. Keep your eye on #44 he will always do great things...

Come give Jason beers and high fives as he plays his farewell show this Saturday, Feb.13th, at The Crows Nest!!!

Mike, The Tillers

Tom Brokaw Presents American Character Along Highway 50 (featuring The Tillers)!

This past June 2009 we were visited by Tom Brokaw himself at my home in Cincinnati Ohio. He had found our song from the Ludlow Street Rag Album titled, 'There Is A Road (Route 50), and thought he'd come and see what we're all about. In July a small program featuring The Tillers called a "Dispatch from the Road" aired on the USA Network and then on The Today Show. The full documentary will air on the USA Network at 7:00pm EST TONIGHT! This was a great project that we are very proud to be a part of and we'll truly never forget. TUNE IN PEOPLE! http://www.usanetwork.com/highway50/profiles/the_tillers.html

Mike, Jason, and Sean, The Tillers

Release Show was a Hit!

We almost sold out the ballroom at The Historic Southgate House last night topping out at around 550 people! The show was AWESOME and we have all of you to thank. Seriously, we're just stunned at the turn out. My favorite part of the night was playing down on the floor for the encore, singing my lungs out with all of ya!


Mike, The Tillers

"By the Signs" Album Release Show Jan.9th!

Join in this day, the celebration of our much awaited second album titled, "by the signs". The Southgate House Ballroom in Newport KY will surely get a sound workout with no shortage of banjo planging, bass thumping, guitar twanging and high mountain harmonies! Special guests include, Paducah Kentucky natives, The Dirt Daubers and local Cincy folk orchestreee Magnolia Mountain. An evening of old time and new time Americana music! This show is not to be missed! www.southgatehouse.com

Mike, Sean & Jason, The Tillers

Grand Opening!

Alright everybody, here it is! Our new web site all fancy and modern. Take a look around and stroll the grounds, just make sure you let us know how you like it. The D.I.Y. Depot is a special feature that is coming soon. It'll be a resource for, and act as an outlet for our fellow bands and musicians Doing It Ourselves. So look out for that. Well that's all for now I guess. A huuuuge thank you to our friends Kenny Jackson for developing the web site and making everything work, also Greg Riestenberg for the art and design of this project. They have done such a great job and continue to make this thing even better. Cheers to you guys, even if you didn't like our exploding chicken ideas... Can't win em' all.

Mike, Sean & Jason, The Tillers