Named one of the 50 Best Albums of 2016 by Offbeat Magazine

"The Wheels....are good at writing new songs that sound old....   ...haunting tunes....clever lyric"

-Offbeat Magazine

"The Tumbling Wheels Play The No like a breath of fresh air: twelve tracks that will drag your emotions all over the place and keep your feet tapping at the same time." -Gabriel Di Chiara, Ajax Diner Book Club

"This is the purest sort of Americana bliss." - Ear to the Ground Music

"All of the good stuff about the "new" New Orleans with none of the horseshit. If five-part harmony country is your jam, the Tumbling Wheels is your new favorite band...The Wheels are in no rush, reveling in their beautiful vocal arrangements and understated but masterful musicianship." - Rachel Cholst, Adobe and Teardrops


The Tumbling Wheels draw heavily from American folk, country, and soul traditions. With influences as disparate as Bessie Smith, Hoyt Axton, and the Smothers Brothers, the group brings a peculiar blend of genres together for a sound that abounds in rich vocal harmony, dynamic instrumentation, and colorful storytelling. 

The band got its beginnings playing at the United Bakery Gallery, a humble yet spirited event space on Saint Bernard Avenue in New Orleans. Though the gallery itself is no longer open, its essence lives on as the local community record label United Bakery Records, which released "The Tumbling Wheels Play The No Counts," recognized by Offbeat Magazine as one of the 50 best albums of 2016 and nominated for one of their Best of the Beat awards the same year. They play regularly in New Orleans, and their second album, "The Tumbling Wheels Take You Dancing," is due out in 2019.

Comprised of Jeffrey Sutton (vocals/guitar/violin), Rachel Wolf (vocals), Joanna Tomassoni (drums/vocals/guitar), James Stram (bass), and Sam Ottinger (guitar), The Tumbling Wheels are emotive performers that will have you weeping into your gin one minute and spilling it on the dance floor the next. Either way, you'll leave feeling shaken and stirred. 

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Photos by Liam Conway