The musical collaboration between Anne Cunningham and David Lerner began in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in a fit of bourbon sipping, late-night attempts to harmonize over popular songs by the Everly Brothers, Gram Parsons and the Bee Gees. This was not exactly the stuff of legends. Of that period, only a melancholic reading of "Three Cheers for the Sad Man" originally by 13 year old Mark Radice remains as recorded evidence.
Had their story ended there it would have been an uneventful one. However, after a housesitting gig just outside Ithaca, NY materialized, and a seventeen year old station wagon was purchased for the trip, stirrings began. Settled in their temporary home, Anne and Dave took long, circuitous walks in the snow, convened daily with the adopted farm animals briefly in their charge,and recorded some songs. Their initial sound was loosely inspired by the southern Louisiana artists collectively associated with the "Swamp Pop" genre, whom the duo listened to repeatedely: Bobby Charles (whose song "Grow Too Old" is covered by the duo), Cookie & The Cupcakes, and Tommy McLain, to name a few. Anne fashioned a bass drum out of suitcase and played it in conjunction with a snare in impeccably lazy time, and sang too. Dave sang, played guitar, harmonica and piano.
Returning to Brooklyn, the duo took the name Trummors, meaning simply "drummers" in Swedish but also a reference to the diminutive suitcase-based "trum set" the duo used for percussive effect and handy storage. After recruiting some friends to play a first show, an idyllic few weeks became a running start for the band.
In 2010, the duo once again packed up and moved (this time indefinitely) to the Catskills region near Woodstock, NY. It was here that Trummors dusted off the harmonium and began their collaboration in earnest. The resulting collection of songs became Trummors' first LP Over And Around The Clove, scheduled for release by the Ernest Jenning Record Co. in April, 2012.
Lyrically and sonically, the record reflects their vacillations between the city and the country. It features contributions by steel guitarist Marc Orleans (D. Charles Speer & The Helix, Meg Baird), who accompanies the duo live, and Woodstock, NY based guitarist Chris Zaloom on pedal steel. Initial tracking was done with Tom Newton at Palace of Materialized Dreams, a studio located in the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony of Woodstock, NY. The record was completed with Justin Rice (of the bands Bishop Allen and The Last Names), who invited the duo to finish recording and mix at The Drawing Room, their studio in Kingston, NY. With a record and numerous area shows under their belt, Trummors are poised to bring their original, elemental blend of country-rock and harmony pop to audiences everywhere.