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Tilford Sellers / Bio

Tilford Sellers And The Wagon Burners, from Columbus, Indiana play straight-up original Honky Tonk dance tunes and Hillbilly Boogie. It is true country with a little Bakersfield Sound and Western Swing attitude thrown in for good measure. 

Go through Tilford Sellers’ swinging doors and find honky tonk so muddy you’re bound to lose your boots.  Tilford and his band play cheating songs that won’t make you cry,. Songs of lament waiting for Saturday night and songs that are slightly retro with an occasional hiccup.  Their tunes embody the spirit of dancing, drinking, love gained and love lost. 

Their first record “What Your Doing To Me,” released in June, 2011 received very positive reviews including a spot on www.nodepression.com. Since this release, they have been busy touring from Kansas City to North Carolina and Michigan to Tennessee.

Their second record, a full-length of originals, “Heartaches, Lies, and Cheating Songs” will be released on March 20, 2012

The Wagon Burners say they don’t play shows to sell records. They sell records so they can keep playing music the way it was intended to be played and heard.  LIVE!


"The Little Opry may have burned down years ago but Tilford Sellers and his boys are keeping traditional country music alive and well throughout Southern Indiana. With original songs lamenting heartache, loneliness, and the long wait for Saturday night, Sellers' impressive debut CD invokes both the joyous and tragic sides of honky-tonk music. Get ready!"

- Nate Gibson, lead singer of Nate Gibson & the Gashouse Gang and author of The Starday Story:The House That Country Music Built


"On What You're Doing To Me, Tilford Sellers revives the early days of American music where country/blues/rock where still basically the same music. You can hear strains of the Grand Old Opry and Hank Williams. You can hear echos of Charlie Feathers and Buddy Holly. It's feel-good honky tonk music that's refreshingly simple, direct, and fun. Highlights for me are "Get Ready" and the title track, "What You're Doing To Me."
-Calvin Powers of Taproot Radio.


"Great Great Stuff"
- RootHogRadio.com


"It's good to know, and hear, that out there in the regions of the U.S. there are still acts immersed in the sound of the honky-tonks. This tight Columbus, Indiana outfit play a set of original songs that recall the heyday of 50s and 60s country music without sounding like they belong in a museum. The very fact that Sellers is a strong writer with a warm and weighty voice that recalls, without mimicking, the great vocalists that have gone before him is enough to warrant him some attention and admiration.  As with a lot of the best pure country Sellers is not re-inventing the wheel here. He is instead, with his band, re-affirming that there is a lot of life left in the music that so obviously is in their lifeblood (if not on the radio or in the charts) . The Wagon Burners are Baylee Pruit on snare drum, Sippy Boulton on pedal steel and guitar and Justin Meier on upright bass along with guest Pat Fiddle on fiddle. They deliver a solid, rhythmic and righteous sound that runs from the instrumental Sippy's Lament to a whole slew of songs that live up to the title, a theme too often absent from the mainstream these days. The titles of these songs tell you what to expect; You Always Shut Me Down, Two-timing Mama, Bad Times Are Here To Stay. Most of these songs are short, catchy and eminently danceable, for the most part. The life blood of a honky-tonk band, the place where they still sound best no doubt. But if you can't get there then this, their first full length album, is the next best thing. This album contains exactly what it says in the title but it won't bring you down, rather it warms you up for another round and gets you ready for a Saturday night, no matter where you might be. As the opening songs says "If you've got the time (just stop on by)", you won't be sorry you did."
-Stephen Rapid of www.lonesomehighway.com


With a rockabilly hiccup and a love of old-school honky tonk, Tilford Sellers & the Wagon Burners are automatically one of the most exciting things to ever happen in Indiana. Recommended if you like country Hank III, J.B. Beverley & the Wayward Drifters, Halden Wofford & the Hi-Beams, Roger Wallace, etc.

-C.M. Wilcox, Founder/Editor/Author, www.countrycalifornia.com

General Info

Band Members
Tilford Sellers, Justin Meier, and Josh Hellcat
Artist Name
Tilford Sellers
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Country / Honky Tonk / Hillbilly Music

Contact Info

Columbus, IN

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