Mr. Chromatonic, AKA Roland Tumbler
Receiving my first musical instrument (a harmonica) from my parents before I was in school, I've always approached the music I love from the perspective of player or singer as much as listener. Both of my parents were musicians (mother played gospel, father played jazz) and exposed me to a rich variety of music at home, in church and on the road. My earliest and happiest recollections involve making music with my folks; not just my parents, but also my grandparents, aunts uncles and cousins. Practically everyone in my family could make good music and they saw to it that I learned about harmony, and to love and respect American music through personal participation.
I mostly draw my musical inspiration from the old Gospel, Country, RnB, Jazz, and Blues music my family loved and often performed: American music of the 1930s through the 1960s.
I'm not a schooled player, so I rely on passion more than technique to drive my playing. In recent years I've begun adding more chromatic harmonica to my performances, enabling me to begin to expand my range and add a little sophistication to my repertoire.
I currently perform with...
Swingin' Originals and Vintage Blues covers, from Chicago to Texas, Memphis to Motown, NYC to the West Coast with my band, Cadillac Wreckers http://cadillacwreckers.com/
performing as Cadillac Wreckers Duo for smaller venues Original, Traditional
and Country-Blues with Chris Clarke and Dane Terry www.reverbnation.com/chrisclarkedaneterry
Early 20th Century Jazz and Americana with my band Champions http://www.championsmusic.com/
Greasy Blues with Chickenbone Slim and The Biscuits http://www.chickenboneslim.com/
West Coast Blues with The Little Kings https://www.facebook.com/TheLittleKingsSD
Traditional, Novelty and Folk Music with Charles Johnson http://www.paperbagcowboy.com/
Folk and Traditional music with Jeff Bertino and Mike Stubblefield http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jeffbertinoandmikestubbl
I have also played as a member of, accompanied or recorded with:
Allen Singer - Folk Blues
Zapf Dingbats - Early Jazz
The Jack City Blues Band - Blues
A 5th of Blues
Uncle Daddio and the Mojinators
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