o much has happened in The Tillers’ universe that it’s overwhelming for the band to consider events that have transpired between their 2009 sophomore release, By the Signs, and their new album, Wild Hog in the Woods.
“We got haircuts,” guitarist Sean Geil deadpans, alluding to his closely cropped hair and vocalist/banjoist Mike Oberst’s obvious lack of braids.
In addition to their tonsorial shift, the Cincinnati-based Folk trio changed bassists in February of last year, from Jason Soudrette to Sean’s brother Aaron. It was an easy transition, as Aaron and Sean had played in various Bluegrass outfits together and Aaron had been filling in for Soudrette when he was unavailable (all four Tillers played Soudrette’s last show).
“It was when the band first started traveling hard,” Aaron says. “It was a lot of catching up on songs that were already staples in the set. We were learning songs in the van. That first tour, those two learned a song and Sean was yelling chords at me as they were playing while I’m driving so I could play it that night at the show. It would have been harder if I was trying to play.”
"To Sing With You Once More,"
a benefit for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and Mike Seeger Scholarship Fund featuring The Tillers and dozens of local and national acts, is this Saturday at Newport’s Southgate House. Go here to read Brian Baker's full interview with The Tillers.