The Tumbleweed Wanderers have been on a fast track ever since purchasing a van in February.
It has put 60,000 miles on the new ride and played in 15 festivals, including Alabama’s Hangout, Michigan’s Electric Forest Festival and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco.
The Tahoe area’s High Sierra Music Festival was the most memorable.
“That was our best show we’ve ever done,” said singer-songwriter Rob Lawrence. “There were 2,500 people under the Vaudeville Tent. We got our first encore at a festival.”
The Tumbleweed Wanders plan another musical masterpiece when it makes its van go to Tahoe’s North Shore for Red Room show on Nov. 23. There is no Crown Room act slated on that date, so the Oakland-based group has the Saturday night headlining honors. It will be its third Red Room show.
The band features three-part harmonies by Lawrence and a couple of players who have played in bands together since they were in high school, Jeremy Lyon and Zak Mandel Romann.
“I met Jeremy at open mic in Santa Cruz,” said Lawrence, “and I met Daniel (Blum), our drummer, through Jeremy, who was an intern were Daniel worked. Patrick Glynn is our keyboardist.
“From the get-go we all had a similar vision. Daniel was classically trained, knows jazz and classical. We’re all fans of honest music.”
The band style touches upon folk, Americana and soul. There’s a horn section on its records and on a video (apparently hiding on a hillside) for the song “Worn Down Welcome.” (VIDEO)
A debut EP was released in November 2011, seven months after the band coalesced.
John Vanderslice produced a full-length album “So Long,” at his Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco in 2012.
A four-song EP, “Worn Down Welcome,” was released last April in time for festival season.
The band members decided to make a run at music full time after college.
“We figured this was the time to do it,” Lawrence said. “We don’t have any other obligations. … It’s definitely the craziest stuff any of us have ever done.”
When: 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23
Where: Crystal Bay Casino Red Room
ABOUT Tim Parsons
Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.
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