From: AZ, United States
Genre: Rock, roots rock, alt-country
Tempe, Arizona’s Tramps & Thieves mine the fertile environs of Americana to produce their own potent combination of folk, alt-country, and roots rock that centers on well-crafted melodies, sing-along songwriting, catchy harmonies, guitar-fueled twang, and rocking rhythm hooks. Seven years ago these four transplanted Midwesterners--J. Scott Howard, Emmett DeGuvera, Andy Jensen, and Ryan Ferguson--formed the band and found a musical home in the bars and clubs of the desert Southwest, and beyond. They have since produced three recordings: an acoustic debut EP "Mill Avenue Cowboys" (2004; re-released in 2009); a rockin’ full-length CD "Spittin’ Into the Wind" (2006) that can be heard on Pandora; and the band's most recent CD "Perennials" (2008).
The Tramps guys are known for their high energy live shows that they’ve brought to such venues as the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, Small’s in Detroit, The Wormy Dog Saloon in Oklahoma City, Woody's Tavern in Fort Worth, and Headhunters in Austin, creating a fan base that extends across the country. They’ve opened for, among others, The Black Crowes, Son Volt, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and Chuck Mead of BR549. The Arizona Republic named Tramps & Thieves “Best Alt-Country Band” and one of their signature songs, "Porcupine Jacket," was showcased on the big screen in the feature film teen comedy "Sex Drive." The band is currently working on tunes for a fourth CD.