Toughcats come from the islands of North Haven and Vinalhaven, 12 miles off the coast of Maine. They are a nationally touring indie americana rock trio. They have been performing together for over eight years.
“It’s not every day that you’re completely blown away by a band. However, at their CMJ Festival showcase at Sullivan Hall, Toughcats managed to put the entire room in awe.” (Elise Yablon, NYC Examiner)
Jake Greenlaw plays drums. Colin Gulley plays an electric banjo. Joe Nelson plays guitar. Greenlaw and Nelson both sing lead and harmony vocals.
“They are one of the most creative and inventive bands going today. They manage to be artsy, melodic, down-to-earth, accessible, and a hell of a lot of fun all at the same time.” (Sam Pfeifle, Portland Phoenix)
Toughcats have released two albums, with a third on the way. In 2006, they released their first full-length album, Piñata. It was recorded and mixed by Joe Nelson and mastered by legendary producer—and Butthole Surfer—Kramer
“Toughcats have just as much Tom Waits as twang in their sound. Their album ‘Piñata’ combines old-timey picking with a rock edge, all buoyed by a sense of humor, some wicked vocal harmonies and a whole lot of energy.” (Emily Burnham, The Bangor Daily News)
In 2010, Toughcats released Run To The Mill, recorded and mixed by Nelson, and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Adam Ayan at Gateway Studios.
“Their sophomore effort, “Run to the Mill” demonstrates a range far beyond simply good rock, with thoughtful ballads, upbeat rockers, instrumental pieces, and a settling into a unique aesthetic that’s endearing and down-to-earth.” (J Felton, Recorddept.com)
In September 2012, Toughcats will be releasing Woodenball, recorded and mixed by Nelson and mastered by Jeff Lipton (Spoon, Andrew Bird, Magnetic Fields). Woodenball continues to display Toughcats originality and one-of-a-kind style.
“They are understated, simple and crazy catchy, which is what has loyal fans pining for a follow-up to 2010′s “Run To The Mill.” Expect exciting progress from these guys, who have converted honest energy to records that age supremely well.” (Mike Olcott, Portland Press Herald)