New Orleans premier washboard - sousaphone - guitar trio


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Sing With Me

Living Blues by Robert Cataliotti


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The Tin Men, with its quirky instrumenta- tion—guitarist and vocalist Alex McMurray, washboard player and vocalist Washboard Chaz Leary and sousaphonist Matt Perrine—is a quintessential New Orleans band, funky and 

fun, bluesy and always in the groove..With their fifth album, Sing With Me, a follow-up to the On the Shady Side (2015), which was largely focused on covering New Orleans jazz, blues and R&B classics, they return to the mix of wildly creative originals by McMurray and the surprising cover choices that characterized their first three outings. 

One thing that is immediately apparent about the band—either on record or in live performance—is just how much music they can generate with this odd combination of instruments. And,...

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Tin Men in "Rolling Stone"

New Orleans Jazz Fest 2018: The 7 Best Things We Saw

Rolling Stone by David Fricke

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New Orleans Jazz Fest 2018: The 7 Best Things We Saw

Jon Batiste, David Byrne and others stood out at the fest's 49th annual edition


David Fricke looks back at his highlights from the 2018 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, from David Byrne to Bonerama. Amy Harris/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock

By David Fricke

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It was a sobering way to enter the weekend. On April 26th, the day before the 49th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival opened at the Fair Grounds race track, the news broke around town of the death of Charles...

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New CD "Sing With Me" Out NOW!!!


Hey folks our new CD, "Sing With Me" is out and we couldn't be happier about it. We've been playing the songs on our shows and the respose has been very nice thank you very much...produced by tubameister Matt Perrine, it's 14 songs (7 original...) featuring the men of tin at their very best, with a little help from friends Joe Cabral, Glenn Hartman and Vance Vaucresson. It's available right here at,, LA Music Factory and itunes. We hope you like it.

What's Up This Spring...


Hey kids lot's happening in the Land Of Tin. New CD in the works, should be out for festival season. To that end, we will be playing at the French Quarter Fest Sunday April 15 at 12:30pm at the Esplanade stage, and at Jazz Fest Saturday April 28 at the Blues Tent--also an interview in the grandstand that day. Times TBA. Also we are tentatively booked in Crested Butte, CO on August 19 and 20. Anyone know a good place for us to play out that way on Saturday Aug 18? Drop us a like at we're still at DBA every Wednesday 7-9. Come say hello!

Tin Men Back at DBA


Tin Men are back on Wednesday nights at DBA! Check out America's premier Sousaphone/Washboard/Guitar trio every Wednesday night at 7pm. 

Tin Men CD reviewed in "No Depression" Magazine!



During their weekly Wednesday night gigs at the d.b.a. on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans, the Tin Men frequently introduce themselves as “New Orleans premier guitar, washboard, and sousaphone trio.” The boast may be facetious, given that they are likely the city’s only outfit with such an instrumental lineup; however, the intro’s use of “premier” is quite accurate. The Tin Men — guitarist and vocalist Alex McMurray, washboard player and vocalist Washboard Chaz Leary, and sousaphonist Matt Perrine — are premier, one of the most uniquely creative and entertaining bands on the contemporary Crescent City music scene. Exactly what kind of band they are is elusive. An amalgam of jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, brass band, and rock and roll, the Tin...

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The Tin Men: a classic trio, with unorthodox instruments

New Orleans Advocate

Sousaphone, guitar and washboard, enhanced by tin cans and hotel desk bell?

It’s not your usual musical lineup.

But in some respects, The Tin Men is a classic trio. The guitar functions as a midrange instrument producing melody and rhythm; the washboard provides percussion; and sousaphone, a portable version of the tuba, supplies the bottom end.

“Yeah, just like Cream,” said “Washboard” Chaz Leary, referring to the 1960s power trio with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce.

“It’s just a little different from what people are used to,” added singer-guitarist Alex McMurray. “We don’t let that stop us. We do whatever music strikes our fancy.

For The Tin Men’s fourth album, “On the Shady Side,” the guys fancied local standards they perform every Wednesday night at d.b.a on...

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Tin Men Head West!


Hey Westerners...Tin Men are coming your way in August! Thurs 8/13 in Livingston, MT, Fri 8/14 in Casper, WY, and Sat 8/15 in Gold Hill, CO! Check out the shows page for details about venues, times, etc...hope to see you there!


New Tin Men CD

"On The Shady Side"


Hey TIn Men have a new CD "On The Shady Side". Produced by the esteemed Mr. Mark Bingham. We shall be celebrating its release at DBA September 23...

Tin Men Headed to Ascona!


Hey Tin Men will be at Ascona Jazz Festival June 25-30!!! Also new CD coming out!!!  Stay tuned...

Tin Men Live! at Festival a Vaulx Jazz


Tin Men Live at Festival a Vaulx Jazz



The Tin Men are headed to Japan to play a string of dates in Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto Mitaka and elsewhere, including at the Yokohama Jug Band Festival. If you can't make it yourself, tell a friend! For more info look HERE.
Avocado Woo Woo

Tin Men- Avacado Woo Woo

Jan-29-2014 by Lauren Adam

For over a decade, the Tin Men have been collaborating to harness an eclectic melding of genres. With infl uences of swing jazz, R&B, Motown, and easy listening, their latest release, Avocado Woo Woo, captures the unique spirit radiating out of New Orleans and beyond. The trio consisting of Washboard Chaz (vocals, percussion), Matt Perrine (sousaphone), and Alex McMurray (guitar, vocals) has perfected a relationship with their instruments. Whether or not you’ve seen the mastery in action at their d.b.a. home court or not, the album exemplifi es just this. From the gospel praises of “Jesus Always Get’s His Man” to the folksy title track, “Avocado Woo Woo,” to the stand out percussion performance in “Why Don’t You Haul Off and Love Me?” and the perfectly executed “Lonely One In This...

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