Portland, Maine Americana rockers Toughcats are in the middle of their sixth annual “True/False” Northeast tour. The tour will hit New York this Saturday (February 23), when the band plays a free show at Red Hook Bait and Tackle in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Toughcats, featuring Jake Greenlaw on drums and vocals, Colin Gulley on electric banjo, and Joe Nelson on guitar and vocals, have been touring together since 2004, and have released three full-length albums to date: Piñata (2006), Run to the Mill (2010), and their latest, Woodenball (October 2012). Their sound mixes many different genres, making it hard to characterize their sound. “I wouldn’t know where to start,” said banjo player Colin Gulley in an interview I did with him during CMJ 2011. “We like rock ‘n’ roll, we like reggae music, we like bluegrass music, we like a lot of indie-rock music.”
The band puts on a live show that is not to be missed. In 2011, their performance during the Portland Music Foundation showcase at the 2011 CMJ Festival blew me away. The way they play their instruments is completely unique and mesmerizing.
Saturday night’s show begins at 9 pm and admission is free. Red Hook Bait and Tackle is located at 320 Van Brunt St. in Brooklyn, NY.