TFDI is a three man, acoustic band, consisting of Tony Lucca, Jay Nash, and Matt Duke. The three songwriters joined forces in 2009 for a co-headlining tour of the United States. Early on in the tour, it became evident to the three that, together, they possessed a powerful musical chemistry as their three individual sets began to blur into one cohesive concert.
On a day off in Chicago, Jake Samuels, the talent buyer at SPACE in Evanston, invited the three to their backstage studios to record a few live performances. It didn’t take long to put down takes of the four songs that would become the TFDI EP. On November 24, 2009, just a few days after it’s release, the TFDI EP reached #1 on the iTunes singer-songwriter top albums chart and remained there for weeks.
While enthusiasm for the trio grew far and wide, the success of the tour and the EP led Lucca, Duke, and Nash, to mobilize for a second compressive tour of the US in 2010, along with plans to write and record a full length record back at SPACE in Evanston, IL. When I Stop Running was in the Spring of 2011 to much acclaim, but would be the last release by the group for the next few years. Now, after a lengthy hiatus, TFDI returns to the stage with their inimitable harmonies, penchant for storytelling, and eclectic, genre-melding songwriting, and a brand new recording set for release in early 2017.
Lady luck had introduced singer songwriter Jay Nash and singer and drummer Josh Day in Los Angeles over a decade ago when they bonded over a shared love of The Band, roots music and a sacred admiration for the great American songbook. As their paths continued to cross over the years, collaboration, they concluded, would be inevitable.
Together as The Contenders, the pair make the sort of music found in the intricate and varied tapestry that is real Americana – full of grit, with a steady heartbeat and a hint of honky-tonk – writing songs that speak of wanderers and highways, lovers and losers, good times and missed chances, all of it with a ferocity born of hard work and honed skill.
Country Weekly have said “The duo’s sound paints a picture of open stretches of road as well as lazy days at home – sonic comfort food constructed on a bed of groove and storytelling.”
The Contenders start a 10-date tour of Europe in October before heading back to the States in November for a nine-show run in support of the album release with stops in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, New York, Minneapolis, Chicago, Spring Lake (MI), Columbus and Nashville.
The Contenders’ raucous foundation of rhythm and harmony is finding unmistakable resonance with audiences. ‘Laughing with the Reckless’ is very much about the perseverance of hope in dark times along with the powerful connection of music, old friends and loved ones, all delivered with a wry and wistful narrative.
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