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Tumbleweed Wanderers

Album Release Show

Tumbleweed Wanderers

Debbie Neigher

Thu, Jun 11, 2015

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$18 ADV - $20 DOOR

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This event is 21 and over

Tumbleweed Wanderers
Tumbleweed Wanderers
Busking outside of countless Bay Area venues, Tumbleweed Wanderers took stage on the streets of San Francisco with hopes of, simply, sharing their music. Imagine a hat filled with crumpled dollars and a small crowd gathered- smiling and swaying to the beat of a washboard, mandolin, banjo and guitar. Because of dedication, drive and pure stubborn persistence- in two short years the band went from playing sidewalk jam sessions to headlining those venues. From acoustic sets to electric rock explosions. From the crowd swaying in the open air to throwing down in a jam-packed club.

The story and sound of Tumbleweed Wanderers -- an Americana inspired mix of soul and classic rock-n-roll -- spread throughout the Bay, the West Coast and across the country, essentially, independently. Through constant touring, supporting some of the best road warriors in the game (Moon Taxi, Greensky Bluegrass, Angus Stone, Jackie Green, The Revivalists) and wowing audiences at major festivals (Outside Lands, Hangout, Shaky Knees, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass) the band solidified themselves as a not-to-be-missed live experience.

Now, after a year in the making, Tumbleweed Wanderers new album, Realize, is set to showcase the evolution of this talented rock band.

For Realize, Tumbleweed Wanderers demoed over twenty songs in a San Francisco mansion-turned-home-studio; as well as, cutting fifteen basic tracks at Panoramic Studios in Stinson Beach. These tracks were incessantly overdubbed, rearranged and tweaked for months on end. Their layers of harmonies, guitars, keyboards, string quartets, and pedal steels added unparalleled dynamics throughout the album.

After whittling the record down to the tightest eleven songs, they recruited Brian Deck (Iron & Wine, Modest Mouse) to provide the fresh ears and creative spark needed to mix the record. Brian Lucey (Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys) was brought on board to master the album, giving it the rock-n-roll sheen they tenaciously sought.

The final product, available late Spring 2015, represents Tumbleweed Wanderers in their most honest state – a deep, and colorful blending of the band’s collective influences stemming from a kaleidoscope of American traditions: soul, americana, psychedelia-- all grounded in a fearless backbone of pure rock-n-roll.
Debbie Neigher
An artist with a gift for earnest lyricism, Debbie Neigher is one of San Francisco’s most promising singer-songwriters. On Unravel, her sophomore album produced by John Vanderslice (Spoon, The Mountain Goats), Neigher explores her battles with vulnerability through luminous singing, expressive keyboard work, and startling arrangements.

Unravel navigates her journey toward self-acceptance through insightful, dream-like ballads, as well as triumphant, danceable pop anthems, vividly expressing her joys and sorrows in a way that is disarming and inspiring in equal measures. The music on Unravel moves in delightfully unexpected directions, incorporating her years of classical piano training with an indie pop and jazz approach.


Neigher’s eponymous 2011 debut began garnering attention with its striking melodies, lush piano, and jazz-infused vocals, earning her two television placements on the Lifetime Network’s “Dance Moms,” as well as features in The San Francisco Chronicle and AOL Spinner. On 2013’s Unravel, the music is more expansive, making use of synthesizers and electronic effects, producing cinematic soundscapes that immediately pull you in.


Unravel was recorded in eleven days of intense analog sessions to capture the dynamic and exposed energy of Neigher’s live, full-band shows. In addition to Vanderslice, she enlisted the help of her San Francisco friends Minna Choi, the arranger/conductor for the Magik*Magik Orchestra (Death Cab for Cutie), who provided the string and horn accompaniments; engineer Ian Pellicci (Deerhoof, The Dodos, Rogue Wave); drummer Jason Slota (Thao with the Get Down Stay Down); and Jesse Cafiero on bass and lap steel guitar (Thao, Split Screens).

Neigher now returns with a new single, “It Never Snows Here”, recorded on Christmas Day and available on June 9. Of the inspiration for the new track, Neigher said, “Being born and raised on the east coast, I found it completely deregulating when I moved to San Francisco, a city without any seasons. I realized that you get used to the external cycles of the year and your internal emotional cycles reflecting each other, and it felt very strange to live in a place where time seems to just run into itself. This song personifies California as a ditzy blonde in a bar whose shoulders I just want to shake and get her to tell me her dark secrets - essentially needing those dark and rainy days sometimes to go along with the sunny ones.”


She has been featured in The San Francisco Chronicle, Paste, American Songwriter, The Huffington Post, recorded sessions on Daytrotter, and shared the stage with such artists as Mary Lambert, John Vanderslice, and most recently with Thao & the Get Down Stay Down at this year’s SF Noise Pop Festival. Paste Magazine raves, “There are moments of poetic beauty so front-and-center on Debbie Neigher’s sophomore album, Unravel, you’d be remiss not to struggle to swallow a bit after hearing them."
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