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tramps & thieves

Phoenix, Arizona, United States | SELF

Phoenix, Arizona, United States | SELF
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"Mill Avenue Cowboys"

Founded by singer/songwriters J. Scott Howard and Emmett DeGuvera, Tempe Arizona`s Tramps & Thieves has the two troubadours trading spirited Southwestern melodies and sing-a-long choruses. With six comfortably and confidently rendered tracks, Mill Avenue Cowboys introduces us to their sun bleached brand of alt country, something you might not expect from four Midwestern transplants to the desert. Additional harmonies from bass player Andy Jensen round out the lineup, along with drummer Ryan Ferguson and a few guests contributing breezy mandolin, accordion and pedal steel work. - Miles of Music


Tramps and Thieves created their sound just to the south of cool. Taking the grittiness from Midwest rock which is centered in Detroit, they added rough southern rock.
While the Detroit’s music was making a name in the global scene, Tramps and Thieves were busy rusting that sound.
The combination led to a distinct hard rock form of folk music.
They might have placed their music just south of cool, but it is definitely blazing. Their musical return offers those who haven’t seen Tramps and Thieves a chance to fix that mistake.
- The Mesa Legend

"More Mill Avenue Cowboys"

Jayhawks aficionados from Tempe, Arizona, are a dime a dozen these days but these guys make the duet-style Americana better than most. And road songs, too. They do it well. I saw them play at the Spirit Room in Jerome, Arizona, a ghost town turned into a hippie escape, and the effect was completely unforgettable. "Jesus, shake my shoulder if I should fall asleep," is as visceral a comment of a little band touring around in a van as has ever been heard. This acoustic release, if you enter it in a brood, will give you hope for more. Can`t wait to hear the next CD, no doubt full of those creosote pile-driving riffs. - Radio Free Arizona

"Best Alt-Country Band 2005"

This quartet of transplants from Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio draws upon a wide range of influences, from Waylon Jennings to Gram Parsons to Uncle Tupelo to Neil Young, creating a pleasant brand of Americana that draws a loyal following at Valley nightclubs. With a debut EP, Mill Avenue Cowboys, on sale and a full-length album in the works, Tramps & Thieves seems ready to make waves outside Arizona with its guitar-fueled brand of twang. - The Rep (Arizona Republic)

"Best Breath of Fresh Air"

After a weekend of long days and even longer nights, dehydration and hang-overs were hardly deterrents for cruisers attending show after show on the beautifully odd Monarch of the Seas. When Sunday night rolled around, the set performed by Tramps & Thieves was second only to the open bar offered in the Circuit Lounge. Well written and tight, the unwavering three-part vocals sang in unison, and the room flocked to the dance floor. A nice change of pace and a great Arizona band, Tramps & Thieves stole the show. - Nightlife! Magazine


Mill Avenue Cowboys
Spittin' Into The Wind



Tempe, Arizona’s Tramps & Thieves mine the fertile environs of Americana to produce their own potent blend of classic rock, country, and folk that's rooted in well-crafted melodies, sing-a-long songwriting, catchy harmonies, guitar-fueled twang, and rocking rhythm hooks. Six years ago these four transplanted Midwesterners--J. Scott Howard, Emmett DeGuvera, Andy Jensen, and Ryan Ferguson--met, formed the band, and soon found a musical home in the bars and clubs of the desert Southwest. 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); 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. The Arizona Republic named T&T "Best Alt-Country Band" and last year 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.