Born and raised in the hills of Burke County, North Carolina, Eli Howells learned at the knee of master fiddlers such as Jane Macmorren, and honed his craft at fiddlers’ conventions, barrooms, and back porches across the state. His distinctive Scotch-Irish fiddle stylings provide the core of the Tan and Sober sound.
From Durham County, North Carolina, Alan Best comes from a family deeply involved in the tradition of American folk dance. With generations of calling, dancing, and playing behind him, Alan’s musical versatility and deep knowledge of American dance music came as a surprise to no one. With his accordion, mandolin, pennywhistle, and whatever else he fancies, Alan embodies the music of the Celtic diaspora.
The latest in a line of bearded, booted bass players from Alamance County, North Carolina, Ben Noblit is a luthier’s worst nightmare.
He ain’t violent, he’s just excitable. Hailing from Alamance County, Tucker’s family has been playing music for longer than anyone cares to record, and hosts one of the longest-running barn dances in the country. With his Carolina-blue voice and machine-gun picking, Tucker is rapidly cementing his position among North Carolina’s next crop of banjo virtuosos.
From Scotland County, North Carolina, Jake bears little resemblance to the collective band description above. He is, however, a hell of a drummer. Despite numerous reprimands from the Band Image Committee, he remains committed to his manbun.
From the moonshining swamps of Johnston County, North Carolina, Courtney Raynor grew up steeped in hillbilly music. Her wrist-shattering guitar playing, voice alternately heartwrenching or face-melting, and on-stage swagger makes her the embodiment of the Tan and Sober spirit.
From Durham County, North Carolina, William Maltbie’s influences range from the Kinks, Cramps and Pogues to Johnny Cash and Blind Willie McTell. With his roaring voice and love for the darker side of roots music, Will brings the dirt and grime to the Tan and Sober experience. Will stopped touring with the band in 2020 to focus on school, but he hasn't gone away, you know.