Standing Up For Standing Rock

Here is a song written by my good friend Jean Dowell.  She and I released an album of her original music in 2016.  It's called 'A Place Way Back In Time'.  I wish we'd recorded this song on there but it wasn't written yet.  This song is dedicated to the Water Protectors and all who stand up for our earth. 

Lullaby of London
Me and my talented sitar twangin' pal Tyler Randall (Dawg Yawp) collaborated on a beautiful song penned by one of my favorite Irish writers/musicians, Shane Mac Gowan.  NYC film wizard, Evan Hand has brought our efforts to life in this charming, strange and magical music video.  We hope you enjoy

The Colors of Travelin' Songs
Here's a song I wrote back in 2006 that never saw the light of day.  I was into some Woody Guthrie for sure and writing very simply but honestly.  After writing it, I'd soon meet this pal and start The Tillers.  I hope you all enjoy this song and video produced by Mark Alexander and Jason Gray.  I'm glad I came across it in the old notebook.

Willy Dear (official video)
A wonderful human being from Germany named Christoph Heuer, took the time to fully animate my original song, Willy Dear.  It was a true labor of love.  I am forever indebted and touched by your vision, creativity and generosity Christoph!

Shanty Boat
I'm playing my original song, shanty boat, before the Pokey LaFarge show at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati Ohio 2013

Banjo 101 - Groundhog

Here's a little visit to my home and a short lesson on the old varmit song, Groundhog!  Hope ya like it.  Produced, Directed and Edited by Randy Stockelman.

Northside Square Dance
Heres a little film by Mark Alexander promoting the Northside Square Dance in Cincinnati (second Tues. of every month) at the Northside Tavern. I make an appearance on banjo as well as Uncle Mike Carr on fiddle, Sarah Crawford on guitar and T-Claw as guest caller.

Around The Monitor House
Here's my first homemade film! Not much but it features some good friends of mine.

To Sing With You Once More
'To Sing With You Once More' is a folk music festival that I organized in 2011. It was a memorial concert for traditional musician Mike Seeger and also for my Mother, Lori Oberst, both of whom passed away with the cancer, multiple myeloma. Bands from all over the country came to perform at the festival. Through this, we ended up raising $6,583. to split between the Mike Seeger Music Scholarship Fund and The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. I hope to organize another in 2013.
Old Westside
Here's The Tillers playing Old Westside LIVE on CMT Edge.  I wrote this song about my love for the road and travel and all things ramblin' but none the less, my love for home and family is above all.  Written the night before we recorded it for our fifth album, hand on the plow.  Whew, just made it!!!

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Willy Dear
After hearing a tale of two lovers and their tragic demise, I wrote this modern day ballad with the help of many other old traditional songs.  The Story is one from Newport KY and took place at the Historic Southgate House.  Special thanks to Ross Raleigh of the SGH for telling it to me.  Here's The Tillers live at the L.C. King Factory, in Bristol TN/VA at the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion 2013.  Filmed by Live and Breathing!

There is a Road (Route 50)
Heres a little song I wrote about a road thats very dear to me. Route 50, from Ocean City MD to Sacramento CA. I live on Route 50 in Cincinnati and as of 2010, drove the whole scape of it with my wife Lynn. The Tillers have also played this song up and down Route 50. This is our first professional music video by Pete Ohs. Enjoy!

Lantern Lullaby
I wrote and performed this song in coffee houses and bars long before The Tillers formation in 2007.  Folks really seemed to like it but I knew it needed more.  Luckily, it all came together in the hands of these fine fellas.  Lantern Lullaby was filmed on a dark night in which a blackout occurred all over town.  Film maker, Pete Ohs shot quite a bit of it by fire light.  I love his visual portrayal of my song.

On The Road with Mike Oberst and Ryan Spearman

In November 2012 two Midwestern ramblers hit the road to play some old time songs for anyone who would listen.  Check out another of my homemade videos and check out my old pal Ryan Spearman here.

Little Birdie
Playing the old song 'Little Birdie' in Steelville MO at the Steelville Arts Center on a tour with Ryan Spearman in 2012.

The Tillers Hold the Woodpile Down
Here's another home video I made with my Tiller brethren, advertising the release of our 'LIVE' CD.

Meet The Tillers

This film by Pete Ohs preceded The Tillers meeting with legendary journalist, Tom Brokaw.  Brokaw and his team from NBC and USA visited my home in the summer of 2009 to interview us about this song, There is a Road (Route 50).  Here's a little history...