Taylor Kingman made a name for himself as the frontman of gritty Portland folk rock band The Hill Dogs. The group was known for their soul-bearing, extended live sets and stood out largely because of Kingman’s extraordinary voice, a gravely instrument that he wields with a surprising amount of control and range.
But in 2017, that band called it quits and Kingman resurfaced with a gorgeous and surprisingly understated solo folk album. After years of abusing his voice and body with marathon shows, it seemed as though he was ready to slow down or maybe even quit charging so hard altogether.
Or maybe not.
Kingman has returned with a new project that hearkens back to his bar rock roots. This time, he’s fronting an ensemble that includes mainstays from Portland’s Americana scene— drummer Tyler Thompson and multi-instrumentalists Jay Cobb Anderson, Lewi Longmire, and Sydney Nash. The group, who go by TK & The Holy Know-Nothings, are set to release their debut record, “Arguably OK,” on May 24 via Mama Bird Recording Co.
Recorded in Enterprise, Oregon at the OK Theater and engineered by Thompson and Bart Budwig, the new album is so twangy and beautifully frayed that it’s almost outlaw country. And once again, Kingman’s voice sounds like it could rip through a 200 foot tall Douglas fir tree (albeit, he picks his moments and lets his impressive band carry most of the burden).
You can hear TK & The Holy Know-Nothings in all of their glory on the new single “Tunnel Of A Dream,” a song Kingman described to opbmusic in particularly grandiose fashion as “a kaleidoscopic time loop tracing the journey from comfort’s starry-eyed, womb-wrapped bliss to curiosity’s waking consequence and death’s merciful opening into the maze of the mind.”
You can also catch them live this spring during a string of tour and festival dates throughout Oregon, Washington, and California.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
MAY 13 - The Governor’s Cup - Salem, Oregon
MAY 14 - Applegate River Lodge - Applegate, Oregon
MAY 15 - The Dip w/ Izaak Opatz - Redding, California
MAY 16 - Bottom of the Hill w/ Izaak Opatz - San Francisco, California
MAY 18 - Terrapin Crossroads w/ Izaak Opatz - San Rafael, California
MAY 19 - Knights Ferry Saloon w/ Izaak Opatz, Willy Tea Taylor - Knights Ferry, California
MAY 21 - The Ruins w/ Izaak Opatz - Hood River, Oregon
MAY 22 - Tractor Tavern w/ T Sisters, Izaak Opatz - Seattle, Washington
MAY 23 - Mississippi Studios w/ Izaak Opatz - Portland, Oregon
JUL 18 - Northwest String Summit - North Plains, Oregon
JUL 19 - Northwest String Summit - North Plains, Oregon
JUL 20 Northwest String Summit - North Plains, Oregon
JUL 21 Northwest String Summit - North Plains, Oregon