Here are some favorite reviews of our earlier albums...
Sweet By and By (2009): "Pairing a guitar-and-banjo playing singer-songwriter with a classically trained cellist is not an obvious choice, but it's a musical marriage that works beautifully....
Tillinghast is blessed with a unique voice. He's been compared to everybody from Eddie Vedder to James Taylor. For us, it's a mixture of John Prine amd John Stewert, with echos of Pete Seeeger in the phrasing, but in the end, he's an individual.
And though he's an excellent performer throughout, that voice was born to sing in a minor key.
Tillinghast also has a poet's ear and economy of expression, with a sweet spot for the telling phrase."
Rodger Nichols of The Dalles Chronicle
OneHum (2005): "From the Columbia Gorge comes this talented and eclectic folk duo. Richard sings in a warm, expressive baritone and plays supple slide guitar and banjo, while Jason thumps, taps, slaps, and rattles out an empathetic percussive groove with shakers, tablas, bells, and box drum. Reminiscent of folk innovators from Greg Brown to Iron and Wine, Tillinghast and Russ deliver a rich, impressive (album) and show great promise for what may come next."
Annie Bloom's Books and Music Review (Portland, OR)
Men and Their Machines (1996): "The issue here is poetry. Don’t expect Richard Tillinghast’s first solo album, Men and Their Machines, to leap into your hands by virtue of its melodies, innovative musical forms, or arrangements. He is a poet; he has traveled America and abroad, with his senses open and attuned and has distilled many thoughts, impressions and feelings into a beautiful, restless volume of verse in song.
He uses the music as a vehicle for his lyrics. He employs his guitar as a percussive force, to drive the words along. Other musicians featured on the album use their talents to complement the song-poems, but never overshadow them. From a purely musical standpoint, the most powerful instrument on the album is Tillinghast’s voice. It is the perfect medium for the subject matter: the longing, the open spaces, the always moving and leaving of which the songs speak.
Tillinghast’s birth signs must be full of air and water, as his songs teem with images of wind, flight, feathers and birds, and with rivers, floods and water. Of course, these are images of movement, travel, and sometimes escape and oblivion.
This is not to downgrade the music itself. Tillinghast is a competent folk guitarist and has assembled a solid group of Upstate talents to Psychopossum Studios in Easley. Former Blue Tattoo partner Jennifer Goree adds her lovely harmonies on three songs, and the flute of Julia Sisk (she appears with Tillinghast in performance) does much to enhance the air and flight matter of the songs. And the final cut on the album, the title song, ends with an interesting instrumental overture.
Still, don’t take this album to your next disco party. If you’re in a dancing mood and want to get funky, try something else. Tillinghast’s stated influences are singer-poets. Buy this album when you are ready to truly listen, and think, and feel. Listen to the wind and rain in the voice. Poetry is what you will hear."
Dave Horner of Creative Loafing Magazine, SC
Blue Tattoo (1995): In the music world today it is hard to find artists whose lyrics and music actually mean something. Richard Tillinghast is one of those musicians. His songs come from experience. The listener can tell he is not simply putting down words on paper; he is speaking from the heart.
Elliot Southard of Time Out Magazine, SC