Miss Tess and the Talkbacks
The Soundry Presents

Miss Tess and the Talkbacks

The Bumper Jacksons (Duo)

$15.00 - $20.00
All Ages
"A rare mix of jazz-infused old-time country, swing, and rockabilly" – Pulse Magazine

Tickets for the postponed March 14th, 2020 show will be honored on this date.

Seated (GA) - $20

Bar Area / Standing (GA ) - $15

For any wheelchair or ADA needs, please contact the Box Office in advance of the performance at (443) 283-1200.


When most people think of defiant music, they think of punk rock or outlaw country. But defying genres while transcending eras and resisting clichés is hard to pin down when it comes to artistry—unless you’re talking about Miss Tess, who does all of that and more on her new release, The Moon Is an Ashtray (released Feb 7). Swinging for the fences and from the branches of jazz, country, blues and old school rock and roll, she has employed all of her influences and talents on a tour-de-force, while cleverly taking standard perspectives and ideas, like the definition of a love song, to task.

To help capture and shape her own unique sound, Miss Tess enlisted not only her trusty 1930s Weymann archtop, but also heavy input from co-producers Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff) and Thomas Bryan Eaton, her full-time bandmate and musical partner. Tess elaborates, “I think Andrija’s indie leanings were pivotal in taking these songs into a transcendent space, while still supporting my initial vision. He definitely pushed me in new ways and the three of us found a very interesting mix between bold experimentation and a more traditional approach.” Combining Thomas’s arranging ideas and skilled instrumental work with Andrija’s studio full of vintage mics, tube amps, keyboards, and tape machines, the resulting record has a rich, buttery warmth well-suited to Miss Tess's voice and authentic, retro-contemporary songwriting style.


Roots jazz, country swing. Stories and songs of Appalachia. Come in, take a seat, and be woven into a musical story that never stops being told. The local American Roots favorites are hopping off their national touring schedule and returning home to their duo roots for this show. Co-founders Jess Eliot Myhre and Chris Ousley lead with their signature sun-dappled vocal harmonies, and the multi-instrumentalists trade off on strings and horns, playing original songs and reimagined traditional tunes from early 20th century America. Entering a Bumper Jacksons show is warm and inviting, like opening the door of a neighbor who's just taken bread out of the oven. But don't let their disarming folksiness fool you: their performance is polished and highly-acclaimed. Bumper Jacksons have been honored multiple times as the Mid-Atlantic's "Artist of the Year" & "Best Traditional Band" by the Washington Area Music Awards; both Jess and Chris are award-winning songwriters, Strathmore Artists-in-Residence, Maryland State Arts Council grant recipients, and are on the Mid-Atlantic Touring Artists Roster.

Venue Information:
The Soundry
10221 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD, 21044