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King University News :: The Rough & Tumble folk duo to Perform at King College

On Monday, Oct. 1, the Buechner Institute at King College, and co-sponsor Bristol Herald Courier, will welcome Nashville’s The Rough Tumble.  The folk duo of Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler will perform in Maclellan Hall’s Widner TV Lounge located on the King campus in Bristol, Tenn., at 7 p.m.

“Last fall, I was in Ohio speaking at Malone University and found myself on a program with these two charming, young musicians,” said Dr. Dale Brown, director of the Buechner Institute and chair of the English department at King.  “Their music is unique and their take on vocation is worth a listen.  They will be singing in a casual gathering in King’s Widner TV Lounge.

Graham and Tyler specialize in quirky instrumentation, ambient sounds, and strong vocal harmonies.  The duo’s first album, “We Sing In Your House When You’re Not There,” was released in 2011, followed by this years, “We Don’t Believe In Monsters, Anymore.” 

The Rough and Tumble met when Mallory Graham found a notebook on a double-decker bus.  When she opened it, there were pages and pages of words from sad, old country songs, to-do lists with nothing crossed out, pages torn from church hymnals, minor league baseball tickets, self-written wedding vows, a Number 1 China take-out menu, and a copy of the declaration of independence with all the vowels crossed out in red ink.  She saw Scott Tyler sitting in the corner of the bus drinking coffee and she asked if it was his. “Yes,” he said, even though it wasn’t.  “Do you remember the melodies?” he asked. “Yes,” she said, even though she didn’t.  That chance meeting on a bus over a notebook belonging to neither was the beginning of what has become a remarkable folk duo. 

We need a transition line. Is this how they began working together? Where they strangers before this incident on the bus?  Why did she say it was her stuff?

Freelance writer Megan Pacella said of The Rough Tumble, “That’s the thing about Graham and Scott.  Together, they have the ability to write the happiest stories, or the saddest ballads.  It takes a lot of courage to walk the line between upbeat and honest—and The Rough Tumble manages to do so with poignant storytelling and irresistible musicianship in ‘We Don’t Believe in Monsters, Anymore.’” 

The Rough Tumble will perform in Maclellan Hall’s Widner TV Lounge at King College on Monday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156 or visit