The Longest Day of the Year (TLDOTY)
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The Longest Day of the Year (TLDOTY) dawned in Boulder, Colorado in the fall of 2010, when the guitar/vocal-and-drum duo of t.Mule and Darin Graber met up and joined in with Brian McCosky (telecaster, vocals) and Dan O’Donnell (bass, vocals). The men are of the midwest, Graber from Indiana and the others from Michigan, and met in Boulder after wanderings too numerous to recount. Their sound is a well-aimed kick in the pants from a dirty cowboy boot at a rock concert, recalling Lucero, The Tallest Man on Earth, Modest Mouse, Tom Waits, and even Gram Parsons and Hank Williams.
Since the moment Graber and t.Mule moved into apartments that shared walls and started making sounds together, and since McCosky and O’Donnell (old friends from Michigan nights with the Mudbugz) brought their musical expertise and range, this ambitious four-piece has utilized all the advantages of durable youth and early-found experience, having played over 100 shows and recording a full-length album at Boulder’s Coupe Studios with producer Jason McDaniel (Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, Rose Hill Drive) within its first year. TLDOTY looks to first brand the entire Front Range, then the west, then the world, with its complex and intense flavor of whiskey-country-rock.
TLDOTY was Colorado’s most-spun band and cracked Boulder’s renowned Albums on the Hill’s top-30 record sales in January 2012, the month they released their debut, Turn Into the Ground, and followed that up with top-ten most-spun rankings in every month since. A series of reviews has screamed about the promise of TLDOTY’s sound and songwriting:
Ft. Collins’ Scene Magazine says TLDOTY has “an understated complexity that proves their talent. The album is a well-done synchronicity of tunes reaching from beautiful and melodic to down and dirty.” (4.5 out of 5 stars)
Mostly Midwest writes, “From the first minute of their album, t.Mule pulls the listener in with his grizzly, gravely crooning. Meshing country, blues, and American rock, t.Mule belts in a manner I can only compare to Tom Waits. It’s brutal and snarly, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t sound great…[TLDOTY] is breaking barriers of traditional country, with strong hints of bluegrass, blues, folk, and some straight up rock.”
Greensky Bluegrass bassist Mike Devol says, “TLDOTY are about to find their place among (alt-country) innovators.”