First/Last-Tumbleweed Wanderers

August 5, 2013

“Oakland, California’s Tumbleweed Wanderers combine soul, folk, and rock and roll to create a hugely dynamic musical experience. They weave through their shows with smooth transitions, bringing the listener from dark chaotic banjo-rock, through intimate acoustic harmonies, to energetic explosions of soul. Since forming in April of 2011, TW have been bringing their electric shows to an increasingly wider audience, from their early performances at small bars and cafes, to becoming a major local headliner, selling out shows at the Bay Area’s best venues such as Great American Music Hall and Bottom of the Hill. Since recording their debut full-length album, they have entered a period of near constant touring, starting on the West Coast, but now including all of North America, most recently opening for Angus Stone at renowned venues in the US and Canada.”

Check out the band at their official Website, Facebook, Twitter, BandCamp and Instagram. The latest release is an EP, “Worn Down Welcome” and the band have just announced a Pittsburgh date for September 7th at The Smiling Moose. I want to thank Rob Fidel (Banjo/Guitar/Harmonica/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • Blink 182 / “Enema of the State”.
  • Your last album bought?
  • Jim James / “Region of Light and Sound of God”.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • That’s a tough one. Its constantly changing.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • The Avett Brothers’ most recent release “The Carpenter”. Way too much autotune and production for how beautiful and intimate their sound is.
  • First concert attended?
  • Journey/Peter Frampton. I was in 5th grade and I tagged along with my parents. Had never heard of them before that, ha-ha.
  • Last concert?
  • Charles Bradley at Great American Music Hall, SF.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • Went to a private White Stripes concert on their last tour. Hands down best!
  • Least favorite concert?
  • Definitely my first concert (Journey/Peter Frampton). Probably because I was so young and hadn’t heard of the bands.
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • Last February was our first time in Pittsburgh! It has such an awesome college vibe but still has the big city atmosphere. Everyone we have met there was super kind and helpful.

Thanks, Rob. Sorry I missed you guys last time through Pittsburgh. Not gonna happen again this September..