“Music to cure what ails you” —The Michigan Times
Mustard’s Retreat (David Tamulevich and Michael Hough) are grounded in the early traditional 60s folk music boom, but they also were influenced by the songwriters of that time, and their shows represent an eclectic blend of music, old and new, with a big dash of storytelling.
David Tamulevich and Michael Hough
Mustard’s Retreat (David Tamulevich and Michael Hough), met in Ann Arbor, MI in 1974, as short order cooks, both on hiatus from their studies at the University of Michigan. Discovering a mutual interest in music, writing and performing, they put together 3 songs one day after work, and took them to the legendary Ark Coffeehouse’s open mic night. They were a big hit, and, on the spot, were invited back to do a 45 minute set 2 weeks later. Within a year-and-a-half they had both quit the restaurant and were doing music full-time. 37 years later, they have 9 highly acclaimed recordings of their own, plus 2 more CDs with their songwriting collective, The Yellow Room Gang.
Mustard’s Retreat has performed more than 4,000 shows over those years, traveled more than 1 million miles and in doing so, have earned a dedicated and loyal following, many of whom have been coming to hear them since the 1970s. Michael and David joke on stage about attracting people “with long attention spans,” but it is what Mustard’s Retreat gives them that turns audiences into such loyal fans.