Black Tar Roses

Full bio: BLACK TAR ROSES – Black Tar Roses otherwise known as BTR are a Dark Folk/ Americana band from Plymouth, UK, playing authentic, original music with a rootsy feel and a gritty edge. The band consists primarily of husband and wife Darren and Sally Long who play and collaborate with various other musicians depending on their location. In the UK the band includes Dr John Maddock, a luthier, mandolin and banjo player, Anna Crabtree on violin and Ian Stewart on bass. Josiah J, their producer has also added much to their sound with his exceptional multi-instrumentalist skills. In Los Angeles they enjoy collaborating with Steve McCormick & Heather Donavon of Love Me In The Dark among others. In Germany they have connections playing with a Rockabilly band.Darren is the primary songwriter of the band, his style is gritty, historical and storytelling in nature along with a few fast upbeat bluegrass/ rockabilly style numbers. His colourful past surviving years of drug addiction and street homelessness give his songs a unique authenticity with an inspirational message of survival. Likewise his later years working recovery voyages at sea on a traditional gaff ketch bring some nautical/sea shanty-esque themes into play. The vocals have been described as sweet and sour with a blend of Darren’s gritty and Sally’s sweet harmonies. As a guitar player Darren is a 6 string picker whose rhythm hand is rooted strongly in the brush picking style. He also carries strong gyspy jazz and finger style blues influences.Black Tar Roses recorded their debut album, ‘Rebels, Rogues & Outlaws’ between Momentum Studios in Plymouth and Studebaker Studio in LA. It was produced by Josiah J at Momentum and was released in the summer of 2019. In June they released their charity EP Plymouth Gin to raise money for Sailing Tectona & The Tectona Trust, the organisation that was instrumental in Darren’s recovery from drug addiction by offering recovery voyages on traditional boats They are currently recording their second studio album, due to be released late 2020 or early 2021. “Black Tar Roses from Plymouth, UK bring a GREAT Americana, Rootsy/Folk sound with the attitude ofSocial Distortion from Southern California. All the players are excellent and the vocals jump out at ya with super intelligent lyrics. Rebels, Rogues and Outlaws will be one of our 2019 Summer Favorites”Hank ~ Hanks Radio Network (


Below from their album is the World Class track ‘Idle Hands’ !!


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