Black Tar Roses are a Dark Folk/ Americana band from Plymouth, UK, playing authentic, original music with a rootsy feel and a gritty edge.
Husband and wife team Darren Long (guitar/vocals) and his wife Sally (vocals/percussion) are joined in the UK by John Maddock (banjo/mandolin/cittern) Ian Stuart (bass) and Anna Crabtree (violin). Their producer Josiah J, a talented multi instrumentalist, adds much to their studio sound.
In LA they enjoy collaborating with Steve McCormick & Heather Donavon of 'Love Me In The Dark' and in Germany with Rockabilly outfits 'The Porter Ricks' & 'Doc White & The Bluenotes'.
Darren is the primary songwriter of the band, his style is gritty, historical and storytelling in nature. His years working at sea on a traditional gaff ketch also bring some nautical/sea shanty-esque themes into play.
Black Tar Roses recorded their debut album, Rebels, Rogues & Outlaws, between Momentum Studios in Plymouth and Studebaker Studio in LA. In 2020 they released charity EP Plymouth Gin, raising money for local recovery charity 'Sailing Tectona'. They are halfway through recording their second album which will be released in 2021.