The Tumbling Wheels draw heavily from American folk, country, and soul traditions. With influences as disparate as Bessie Smith, Hoyt Axton, and the Smothers Brothers, the group brings a peculiar blend of genres together for a sound that abounds in rich vocal harmony, dynamic instrumentation, and colorful storytelling.
The band got its beginnings playing at the United Bakery Gallery, a humble yet spirited event space on Saint Bernard Avenue in New Orleans. Though the gallery itself is no longer open, its essence lives on as the local community record label United Bakery Records, which released "The Tumbling Wheels Play The No Counts," recognized by Offbeat Magazine as one of the 50 best albums of 2016 and nominated for one of their Best of the Beat awards the same year. They play regularly in New Orleans, and their second album, "The Tumbling Wheels Take You Dancing," is due out in 2019.
Comprised of Jeffrey Sutton (vocals/guitar/violin), Rachel Wolf (vocals), Joanna Tomassoni (drums/vocals/guitar), James Stram (bass), and Sam Ottinger (guitar), The Tumbling Wheels are emotive performers that will have you weeping into your gin one minute and spilling it on the dance floor the next. Either way, you'll leave feeling shaken and stirred.