Miss Tess

When most people think of defiant music, they think of punk rock or outlaw country. But defying genres while transcending eras and resisting cliches is hard to pin down when it comes to artistry unless you're talking about Miss Tess, who does all of that and more on her new release, The Moon Is an Ashtray. Swinging for the fences and from the branches of jazz, country, blues and old school rock and roll, she has employed all of her influences and talents on a tour de force, while cleverly taking standard perspectives and ideas, like the definition of a love song to task.

To help capture and shape her own unique sound, Miss Tess enlisted not only her trusty 1930s Weymann archtop, but also heavy input from co producers Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff) and Thomas Bryan Eaton, her full time bandmate and musical partner. Tess elaborates, 'I think Andrija's indie leanings were pivotal in taking these songs into a transcendent space, while still supporting my initial vision. He definitely pushed me in new ways and the three of us found a very interesting mix between bold experimentation and a more traditional approach.' Combining Thomas' arranging ideas and skilled instrumental work with Andrija's studio full of vintage mics, tube amps, keyboards, and tape machines, the resulting record has a rich, buttery warmth well suited to Miss Tess's voice and authentic, retro contemporary songwriting style.

Tour Dates

06-10-2023Toledo, OHSo Wild A Place
06-22-2023Mount Solon, VARed Wing Roots Music Festival
06-24-2023Thomas, WVPurple Fiddle
06-25-2023Mount Solon, VARed Wing Roots Music Festival
06-27-2023Rochester, NYRochester International Jazz Fest
06-29-2023Livonia, MITrinity House Theatre
06-30-2023Newport, KY16 Lots Southern Outpost
07-01-2023Joliet, ILElder Brewing Company
07-02-2023Berwyn, ILFitzgeralds American Music Festival
07-07-2023Harbor Springs, MIBlissfest
07-08-2023Harbor Springs, MIBlissfest
08-04-2023Elkton, MDElkton Music Hall
08-08-2023Ridgefield, CTChirp Concerts
08-09-2023South Egremont, MAThe Egremont Barn
08-10-2023Barnard, VTFeast & Field Concert Series
08-11-2023Ithaca, NYSouth Hill Cider
08-12-2023Vestal, NYVestal Museum