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Wow! We reached our goal in 3 days! Thank you! Our new goal $15,000.00 to hire a publicist for a stronger national promotion campaign!

New Music Video for Some Old Days. The second single from Woodenball. 

Wow! Our Kickstarter project was just picked up and recognized by Gary Greenlaw on the latest episode of his home improvement show Gary's House. Thanks for your support Gary! Watch the episode below.

In the summer of 2004 we accidentally started a band. An additional act was needed for a fundraising concert so we put together some songs back stage and went out and played. People liked it. And so did we. So we kept doing it. And 8 years later we are still doing it. 

“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)

We have released two albums, and this September—with your help—plan to release our 3rd, Woodenball. We have finished the recording, which we did ourselves, but we need money for all the other costs associated with finishing an album. Those include mastering, artwork, design, promotion, printing CD's, and—for the first time for us—pressing vinyl records! 

We are really excited about this album. And like the band, Its creation was an accident. We were planning on recording some demos. We set up some microphones for Jake's drums. Colin played an electric banjo and Joe played an electric guitar, both plugged directly into the recording gear so that the banjo and resonator guitar wouldn't bleed into the mics. This was the first time we had ever done anything like this. The tape was rolling, and what we recorded that day ended up being the majority of what you will hear on Woodenball. We overdubbed some things, but this album captures that very first moment we had ever played our songs together electric. And after thousands of hours of playing together, it's amazing to have an experience that fresh and new, have it recorded, and be able to share it!

Our goal is to raise $10,000.00. That will cover our basic expenses. The reality, however, is that we could use a lot more than that to do everything it takes to not only create the product, but promote it so people besides our friends, family, and fan base actually know it exists. If we are fortunate enough to reach our goal please don't hesitate to keep giving. We will use all the money to continue to make awesome videos, support our touring, promote in unique ways, and write and record more music for you in the future. Thank You!

All the best,

Colin, Jake, and Joe

"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)

“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 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) 

“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)  

This will be the cover. Artwork and Design by David Wilson.
This will be the cover. Artwork and Design by David Wilson.

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