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Traveling Broke and Out of Gas / Press

“Playing a folk/indie rock/country/bluegrass hybrid dubbed “Bastard Americana,” the quartet’s most recent of three full-length releases, Till the Days Return, is 14 tracks of innovative indie folk with a heavy Appalachian influence. Rachael Yanni’s sterling vocals are unpretentious, sweet but not overly feminine, and pair nicely with her washboard and ukulele, along with husband/musical partner Cody Hall’s detailed lyrics, vocals, percussion and guitar, Davide Marzoli’s bass and vocal contributions, and Maxx Heathcote on lead guitar—though all band members frequently trade off instruments. The songs are involving, evocative, beautiful and textured. “Run for Your Lives” is driven by a distinct bass line that sets a tone both playful and intense, while “Cactus Smoke” is folky and tribal, a gypsy dance with a quivering guitar part and a deep rhythmic pulse that flares up and falls like fanning a flame, rushing like a river through a valley of instrumentation.”

“Traveling Broke and out of Gas play a modern, tasteful version of Americana and folk music with strong roots in the history of the genres, precise, rootsy playing, and thoughtful lyrics.”

“Till The Days Return is an ambitious 14 song record. Originally conceived in two parts; a traditional string band/bluegrass set of songs and a more honky-tonk (with the occasional psychedelic texture) set of rock songs to be exact, Till The Days Return is presented as a story of traveling (metaphysically?) lovers...go figure. The record is a nice blend of styles for sure. Rachel Yanni’s voice has grown considerably since their last record and Cody’s acoustic driven songwriting seems to expand at an exponential rate....Stand out tracks include the reggae-esque driven King Ludd (and it’s rather unexpected Carl Sagan soundtrack style psychedelic drone out turned Ken Kesey speed rap) which really sets up the albums brightest moments, catching stride, as they segue into the super groovy The Thirst, the aforementioned Tom Waits atmosphere of Cheap Thrills, and beautifully minimalistic Gm Waltz.”

“With Rachel's vocals being as humid as New Orleans in July, the soul drips in from the very beginning, somewhere between Ma Rainey and Hope Sandoval. The twin fiddle sound creates a drone somewhere in the middle of civil war meets Indian classical meets psychedelic 70s tune. At times they even venture towards the early Blues sound of Memphis Minnie or Charlie Burse's Memphis Mudcats, with their stripped down primitive sound. Just when you think you've got it figured out they slide a little gypsy sound in there as well. The new album reflects an awakening of sorts. A new beginning. Like water shaping a rock over time, bands like Travelling Broke are ever changing. They are the sound of our landscape, a score for the country cruise, and a soundtrack that reminds you of home when you're just far enough away.”

Matt Scherger - Dancefloor Mountain

“Traveling, Broke and Out of Gas was an important presence at the Taste (of Tippecanoe). This band is one of the best representatives for the diversity that populates the scene.”

Tim Brouk - Think Lafayette

“As the opening band, Traveling Broke and Out of Gas began the concert. It was the first time the Indiana-based band had performed in Boston and they gave it everything they had. The strumming solos and harmonica playing were impressive; the use of a washboard in a few of their songs was a nice variation on the usual instruments. The washboard especially gave them a unique sound. The singing was pleasant as well, but it was when they showed off their ability to harmonize that the songs really took on a life of their own. However, the band kept high energy throughout their performance and even unveiled a brand new song. “Take the Dime,” which hasn’t been recorded yet, was a mellow tune with nice guitar and harmonica solos. Another song that stood out was about cold beer in the summer; the lyrics were catchy and the audience was treated to an intense drum solo.”

“They produce songs that give you goose bumps and make you want to watch your back as you walk down the streets to songs that make you want to get up and dance like no one is watching.”

“Any individual traveling through life understands the highs and lows of existence. ‘Traveling Broke and Out and Gas’ has the breadth and sincerity to conjure emotions of elation as well as dejection, often, all in the course of one evening. Lyrically profound and melodically impactful; ‘Traveling Broke and Out of Gas’ is a must see, hear and feel!”

Shea Hack - WBAA

“Another band that is ever evolving, this ensemble blends blues, folk and old-time for a sound that can cause chills in one song and get you dancing in the next. Instrumentation combinations are interesting: fiddles and washboards mesh with electric bass and guitars. Founding members Rachael Yanni (vocals) and Cody Hall (guitar) are a stellar one-two creative punch, and bassist Davide Marzoli is one of the best in the scene.”

Think Lafayette

“Traveling, Broke and Out of Gas have a righteous dust bowl sound but shine most when they break the folk mold. Their set ranged from rousing bluegrass to hillbilly ballads, but the most memorable moment was a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” with haunting vocals by the lone female to take the stage Thursday night. The two vocalists (said husband and wife) have a brilliant combo in her rich howl and his low-set growl. Two fiddles, an electric bass, a bass violin, and a washboard were also featured, all played with assurance and skill if not a huge range of inventiveness. But, as previously stated, “Creep” confounded expectations and completely changed my perceptions of both band and song. Maybe “Creep” is over-covered, but this version raised goosebumps and had everyone singing along. Overall: If Traveling, Broke and Out of Gas keeps pushing the boundaries of folk and refuses to dwell in the comfortable, well-tread territory, I can’t wait to hear more.”

“Traveling Broke and Out of Gas is one of the most improved bands in the past couple of years. Led by soulful vocalist Rachel Yanni and fiery guitarist Cody Hall, the five-piece has found a riveting brand of folk rock. Some songs are lighthearted; others go to a dark place. The solidified lineup and instrumentation with stellar bassist Davide Marzoli moving to upright and the addition of fiddler Sean Holman and electric guitarist Craig Stinson have served the band well. Focused yet loose, Traveling Broke and Out of Gas maintains interest no matter what sound you're into.”

“This is a strong release from a band that was able to use the studio to really diversify and explore its sound. "Can You Spare Some Change?" will make you want to see Traveling Broke and Out of Gas live, which is the mark of a good album.”

“Traveling, Broke, and Out of Gas combines classic folk music with smooth classical strains, rock beats, and Jamaican tones. My personal favorite track is "Timeless Minds" -- the intro is reminiscent of Pink Floyd, and the song blends Rachael's smoky voice with a smooth and energetic melody.”

Fallon French - Lafayette Independent