Ten Mile Tide is five-piece independent band from San Francisco that describes their sound as feel-good acoustic rock, foot-stomping folk, and beer-drenched bluegrass. The band was formed in 1999 by twin brothers Jason Munning (lead electric guitar, vocals) and Justin Munning (rhythm acoustic guitar, vocals) along with Justin’s Stanford roomie Steve Kessler (fiddle). Jeff Clemetson (bass), and John Morales (drums) complete the lineup. In January, 2006 TMT was nominated for a Jammy for New Groove of the Year. In April of 2005, Ten Mile Tide was selected as the New Groove of the Month by Jambands.com. In the summer of 2004, Ten Mile Tide was selected as a finalist in Relix magazine's Jamoff Competition.
Ten Mile Tide has shared the stage with other national touring acts such as The Wailers, Dispatch, moe., the Gourds, MOFRO, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Strangefolk, The Clumsy Lovers, Railroad Earth, The Slip, Jerry Joseph, The Samples, Assembly of Dust, Luce, Graham Colton, and Hootie and the Blowfish and has played music festivals such as High Sierra, Wakarusa, Utah Arts, Mt. Helena, Three Rivers, Whole Earth, and Desert Rocks. The band has also received national and international media attention including CNN, the Denver Post, the Contra Costa Times, Canadian Broadcasting Channel, San Francisco Magazine, Stanford Magazine, and independent and college newspapers and radio across the country. With Ten Mile Tide's consent, users of the file-sharing program Kazaa have downloaded more than 10 million Ten Mile Tide songs worldwide. The band's growing Street Team now consists of more than 350 members in 45 U.S. States and 10 countries.
Ten Mile Tide is currently touring on the 2006 release of their self-titled album. For this album, Ten Mile Tide returned to their trusted producer, Jack Gauthier (Dispatch, John Hammond, Duke Robillard) and teamed up with bluegrass heroes and friends Don and Marty Lewis (the sons of Ralph Lewis of Bill Monroe fame) in a serene Rhode Island based studio called Lake West Recording. The 11 original tracks, forged on the road and played live long before they hit the studio, celebrate the band's last two and a half years of constant touring (including over 350 shows). The new album follows the 2003 release "Midnight Is Early" and the 2001 release "Flow".
Some MIE reviews:
"Ten Mile Tide's new release Midnight is Early is saturated with wonderfully pleasant harmonies and nicely crafted tunes...Whether you download their music or buy their record, Ten Mile Tide's Midnight is Early is a must have for any fan that loves a good blend of acoustic and electric rock. San Francisco, rich with pop music history, has yet another band to be proud of..."
--K.B. Reidenbach, Indie-Music.com
"Ten Mile Tide, a band started by twin brothers Justin and Jason Munning and their Stanford roommates, mixes a Counting Crows-style with early '70s folk to create a unique and refreshing album. The music of 'Midnight Is Early' focuses heavily on the sextet's three-fold vocals and violinist Steve Kessler. Mellow bass and guitars complete the band's folk-rock sound. Cheerful, San Fran, flowers-in-your-hair lyrics blend smoothly with lyrics that have walked city streets and seen the people that slip through the cracks of the world... "
--Libby Kelly, UNM Daily Lobo