Announcing The Great Ohio River Tour, with JD Wilkes!

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The River Shall Sing!

We are proud to announce our next great adventure.  The Tillers will be back on tour this fall, spanning the length of the entire Ohio River.  “The Great Ohio River Tour” will feature JD Wilkes of the Legendary Shack Shakers, and will storm cities from the river’s northern source in Pittsburgh to Paducah near its southern terminus, October 15-23.  We will meander along river roads, bringing our trademark stomp and holler to small towns, big cities, and various refuse along the way.  It’s a tribute to the tributary that birthed our hometowns.  Hear us pay it back in song.  Let the great river rumble!

-The Great Ohio River Tour-

10/15- Pittsburgh PA / Thunderbird Cafe

10/16- Pomeroy OH / Court Street Grill

10/17- Huntington WV / Heritage Station

10/18- Newport KY / Southgate House Revival

10/20- Madison IN / Red Bicycle Hall

10/21- Louisville KY / The New Vintage

10/22- Owensboro KY / International Bluegrass Music Museum

10/23- Paducah KY / Maiden Alley Cinema


Tillers keep Tillin’ in 2015!!!

10361584_10154308283620338_3818684077239364199_nHappy 2015 everyone!  It’s been a minute since we’ve written a new post here but its been a crazy exciting few months on the home front.  This is due in part to the birth of my son William Leeuwen Oberst this past February!  He’s a good little lad with long fingers and a very loud holler.  He and little August Geil (Sean’s Son) should be starting up their first band in no time!  Proud papas indeed.

This summer we’re proud to welcome a new friend into the fold.  Mr. Joe Macheret will be doing some fiddling with us and being another short fellow, will be helping me balance out the band height difference.  Joe’s been at it for a long time with previous bands like Joe’s Truck Stop and the Urban Pioneers. This year will be one of musical growth and we’re glad that Joe is along for the ride.

The Tillers are just as excited as ever with this year, jam packed with shows and tours galore.  2015 will see us at lots of our favorite festivals like River Roots Fest (Madison IN),  Muddy Roots Spring Weekender (Nashville IN), The John Hartford Memorial Festival (Brown Co. IN),  Happy Valley Bluegrass Fest (Happy Valley IN),  Sayler Park Sustains (Sayler Park, OH),  Flatrock Fest (Marion, WI),  Whispering Beard Folk Fest (Friendship IN), Muddy Roots Music Fest (Cookeville, TN) and the Saint Louis Folk and Roots Festival (St.Louis MO).  We’ll also be traveling to some new and uncharted territory and festival grounds like the great SummerFest (Milwaukee WI).  Up to Canada for the Winnipeg Folk Festival (Winnipeg MB CAN).  To the ever popular Floyd Fest (Floyd VA) and to SOCAL for the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival (Long Beach CA).  Please take a look at out calendar page for more details and such.  We’ve got some big ideas for this fall as well.  A grand tour of epic proportion.. brewing, stewing and soon to be announced!

Heres to the new year.  We’ll see you real soon!


The Tillers Tour For A Cure, BIG Success!

TourforacureearnedThe numbers are in and it looks like we’ve managed to raise $3,157.00 in donation to The Cure Starts Now Foundation during our November Tour For A Cure in honor of Lauren Hill. Thanks to all who donated and supported our efforts in fighting pediatric brain cancer. Most of all, thank you Lauren for inspiring us all. Never Give Up!

For more information on pediatric brain cancer and DIPG or to make a direct donation, please visit:

The Tillers Tour For A Cure, in honor of Lauren Hill

 If you’ve been paying much attention to the news around town you may be familiar with the heart wrenching tale of our young local hero, Lauren Hill.  The brave 19 year old with an inoperable brain tumor who, with an estimated life expectancy of just a few more months, continues to be a shining example of  strength and courageousness despite her challenge.  In her remaining days, Lauren has chosen to live and to fight alongside The Cure Starts Now Foundation to raise awareness for pediatric brain cancer, DIPG and to one day find a cure.  It is no wonder that our local girl’s inspiring story has spread around the world.
In honor of Lauren, The Tillers will be donating %50 of our merchandise sales profits for the month of November to ‘The Cure Starts Now’.
So when you come out to a show and pick up one of our items or make an online purchase you’ll also be supporting this great foundation.  Check the list below for a complete schedule of our November shows or check our ‘shows’ link on our website.

To make a direct donation to The Cure Starts Now,  PLEASE go to:

Watch this video for a better understanding of Lauren’s story:

In Support,
Mike, Sean and Aaron
11/7- Eden’s Rubble House Concert Series Indianapolis IN
11/8- Champaign Urbana Folk and Roots Fest Champaign Urbana IL
11/14- The Bishop Bloomington IN
11/15- The Gramophone St.Louis MO
11/16- Al’s Bar Lexington KY
11/17- Tennessee Shines LIVE at the Knoxville Visitor Center Knoxville TN
11/18- The Jones House Boone NC
11/19- The Basement Nashville TN
11/20- Zanzabar Louisville KY
11/21- Woodlands Tavern Columbus OH
11/22- Cincy Groove Fest at The Southgate House Revival Newport KY
11/28- The Vogue (with Rev. Peytons Big Damn Band) Indianapolis IN
11/29- The Taft Ballroom (with Rev. Peytons Big Damn Band) Cincinnati OH
11/30- The Northside Tavern Cincinnati OH

The Tillers World Premiere of ‘Willy Dear’ on American Songwriter Magazine!


“A great piece of classic Americana, beautifully rendered in story, song & video”.
Doctor Bill Williams

We are so excited about our new OFFICIAL VIDEO of ‘WILLY DEAR’.  Fantastically animated by Mr. Christoph Heuer who dedicated well over a years work to this project.

This beautifully tragic local tale has now come to life, premiering now on American Songwriter Magazine!
Please click the poster to view and do share with friends!
Mike, Sean & Aaron


‘Hand On The Plow’ Now out on Vinyl Record










It’s finally here!  Our fifth album, ‘Hand On The Plow’ on shiny new black vinyl!  Order your copy online today at Muddy Roots Music Recordings or by clicking the photo here.  This record is purdy!  Inside you’ll find things a little different from the CD version of ‘Plow’, like song lyrics and a special writing about The Tillers by Col. JD Wilkes (The Dirt Daubers, Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers).