Tensas - Press Kit

General Details

Band or Solo-Electric
Colorado, USA
Genre(s): Folk, Rock, Roots, Songwriter
Artist name pronounced [ten-saw]

Tensas, Songwriter, Colorado, Headshot, Press, Image, Louisiana, Derwood, James, Willhite

Booking & Management
The Tall Tale Agency LLC
Currently booking Tensas as a Band or Solo-electric

Record Label
Tall Tale Records

Official Artist Profiles
Spotify / iTunes / Bandcamp / Youtube
Instagram / Facebook

Recent Performances
The Analogue (record store)
Down in Denver Festival
Lions Lair
Roxy on Broadway
Black Rose Acoustic Society
& more!

Tensas Artist Bio

Tensas is a grungy roots and folk rock songwriter that delivers an energetic performance of unique and original tales of bitter loss and hollow victory that will incite and stir 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 news publication. This Colorado based musician has called the mountains of the Pikes Peak region "home" for over a decade. His act name Tensas [ten-saw] derives from the 250 mile long Tensas River that he grew up along in the bottom-lands of Louisiana.

To-date, his most popular song is one that he wrote in the spring of 2020, titled The Sickness, which is a rocking acoustic dark folk tune and the title track that he self-recorded and was influenced by the pandemic that he released on his debut EP early that year. His first full-band album is titled "Let the River Speak" and it is the funeral procession you didn’t know you needed! This collection of 11 grungy folk-rock tales will carry you down a dark river that flows with internal pain, love, war and death.


Let the River Speak (Album) - 12/18/2022
Luang Prabang (Single) -
Lovely Bones (Single) - 05/13/2021
The Sickness (EP)
- 05/05/2020
Profile (Demo) - 12/17/2017
Mary Jane's Last Dance (Single) - 10/31/2010

  • Let the River Speak, Tensas, Songwriter, Folk, Rock, Roots, Americana, Grunge, Colorado, Woodland Park, Colorado Springs, Tallulah, Louisiana, Mississippi, Derwood, James, Willhite

    Tensas' New Album is the Funeral Procession You Didn't Know You Needed

    This collection of 11 grungy folk-rock tales will carry you down a dark river that flows with internal pain, love, war and death...

  • Indy, Magazine, Colorado Springs, Independent, Rocky Mountain, Gothic, Songwriter, Dark, Folk, Blues, Rock, Americana, Tall Tale Records, Singer Songwriter, Live, Booking, Denver, Best of

    CS Indy Magazine

    Rocky Mountain Gothic - Cover Story
    Local Singer-Songwriter Tensas on Race, Religion and The Sickness

    Read the story here 
  • The Gazette

    Colorado musician was one of the first to write about the pandemic, and he has more to say

    Read featured article 
  • Denver, Voyage, Magazine, Music, Tensas, Derwood, James, Willhite, Tall Tale, Records, Songwriter, Band, Colorado

    Denver Voyage Magazine

    Hidden Gems: Meet Derwood (Tensas) Willhite of Tall Tale Records

    Read the article now 
  • 303 Magazine, Tensas, Denver, Colorado, Songwriter, Band, Derwood, Willhite

    303 Magazine

    New Colorado Music You Should Know, June Edition

    See the article now 

Press Photos

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