Tensas is a singer-songwriter that spins a unique blend of folk, rock, blues and Americana music on his guitar and mandolin. This Colorado based musician lives in mountains of the Pikes Peak region and also performs throughout the Rockies and other venues around the USA as a solo-artist. He is also the founder of the band Ragtag Religion and has called The Rocky Mountains “home” for over a decade. His act name Tensas [ten-saw] derives from the 250 mile long Tensas River that he grew up along as a child in the bottomlands of Louisiana.
His original songs will incite and stir up dark feelings within you, hence why The Indy magazine labeled his music “Rocky Mountain Gothic” in a recent cover issue, while The Gazette defined his songs The Sickness and Lovely Bones as “two musical anthem’s of 2020 and all that it brought” in a featured music story in their Pulitzer prize winning publication! He was also featured in the “New Colorado Music You Should Know - June Edition” article and playlist last by 303 Magazine last summer.
To-date, his most popular song is one that he wrote in the spring of 2020, which is a rocking acoustic dark folk song influenced by and self-recorded during the initial lockdown and pandemic that he titled “The Sickness” on his debut EP along with other dark original tracks like “Let The River Speak”. The latest Tensas release is a fingerpicking song he wrote in the Fall of 2021, that is about moonshine and hard times called "Consumption" that was inspired by the traditional folk hit "You Are My Sunshine".
You can expect to see him performing live around the Rocky Mountain region later this summer for the first time since the COVID Lockdown began in 2020, as well as his much anticipated first full-length album is scheduled to be released in 2022!
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Rocky Mountain GothicRead this full news story about Tensas at The Indy, Click Her
INDY Cover Story, June 2021
Over the course of an hour-long interview, the musician discussed his rural background, the events that brought him to Colorado, and his reasons for writing songs about caged demons and lucky sinners.
Colorado Musician Was One of the First to Write about the PandemicRead this full news story about Tensas at The Gazette, Click Here
The Gazette, May 2021
You could think of “The Sickness” and “Lovely Bones” as two musical anthems of 2020 and all that it brought. “They’re two very different portrayals,” he said. “And two different ways people feel about things right now.”
New Colorado Music You Should Know - June EditionRead this full news story about Tensas at 303 Magazine, Click Here
303 Magazine, June 2021
The first single to be released off of folk artist Tensas’ debut album, “Lovely Bones” is a slow and somber song filled with longing and heartbreak. With the plucked notes of the mandolin lending, a unique sound to the song, the instrumentation allows the lyrics to take center stage.