• Friday August 21st

    Europe official

    All right folks. Todd Day Wait is heading overseas once again to cause some trouble. Blind Lemon Records is bringing Wait over to Germany to record a new album for it’s label. Mr. Mike Collins Jr. will be accompanying Wait on harmonica and banjo. These two fellows will be traveling for three weeks performing in England and Germany.  They will have guest sitting in for some shows on upright bass, fiddle and pedal steel. Keep an eye out for these fellers and help spread the word to check these two hillbillies out.

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  • JUNE 12th, 2015



    All right folks. Looking forward to a great Summer and Fall. The Pigpen just did a three week run out to the West Coast and had a great time performing at the Gator By The Bay Music Festival in California and had a blast playing up in the Central Valley and Portland, Oregon.

    Coming up we have the Pat Reedy & Todd Day Wait tour. Going to be hitting the Midwest with some great original country music. Going to have a top act backing band to play behind us and make the songs come alive.

    After that Todd Day Wait heads to England and Germany for around of shows and to record a new album. It’s going to be recorded by Blind Lemon Records in Germany. This will be a blast and some long lasting memories.

    To top it off, the group will be doing a large fall tour in the Southeast and Midwest. Glad to be asked back to the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Music Festival and to hit my old stomping grounds in the Midwest. Keep up with the shows on our tour page and hope to see you all this Summer and Fall.


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  • November 12th, 2014


    Another Great Year

    All right folks, the Pigpen is wrapping up another great year touring in America. The group had a blast touring the Midwest, Southeast and California this year.  We were honored to perform at two great music festivals the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion and the Roots N’ Blues N BBQ Festival. Thank you to all the folks that set up the shows, the fans that came out to the events and everyone that helped support the group.

    The band put out an E.P. called “Travelin’ Blues” and has their song “Early Morning Blues” featured on a compilation album of New Orleans street bands. There is one more “special album” that is going to come out here in a few weeks, stay tuned folks.

    The group is going to end the year with a bang.  We have been invited to perform at The Umbria Jazz Festival in Orvieto, Italy for their New Years Celebration. This will be the first trip for the group across the pond.

    Thank you to all the folks that enjoy the music and help the group keep moving along. See you either in New Orleans this winter or your neck of the woods when the snow melts.

    Todd Day Wait and the Pigpen.

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  • September 17th, 2014


    Howdy Folks,
    We have had an amazing time touring the Southeast once again, promoting our new Album “Travelin Blues”!  And the band is honored to be playing 2 Festivals this weekend; The Edinburg Ole’ Time Festival, and the legendary Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion!

    This Festival of music, arts, crafts, parade, entertainment and great food!  Come see us play Saturday (Sept 20th) at the CHARTER SCHOOL STAGE from 2pm-4pm, right after the parade!

    BRISTOL RHYTHM AND ROOTS REUNION 2014:Every third weekend in September State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA is amped to the beat of Appalachia’s past, present & future. It digs down deep into the roots of the traditional Appalachian sound and lifts its branches to new heights! We have 2 sets at this city-wide Festival on Sunday (Sept 21st)!  We’ll be pickin’ and grinnin’ on the STATE LINE STAGE from 12:45pm-1:45pm.  Then we’ll be making ya’ll dance at O’MAININ’S PUB STAGE from 4:15-5:15! See Sundays full schedule by clicking here.

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  • August 14th, 2014

    Fall 2014 Final

    Hello Folks,
    We have an exciting update for this month: Our new album is finally ready! The album is entitled “Travelin’ Blues,” and we have physical copies ordered and on the way. We will have the album available at all of our upcoming tour stops and it will be available online, coming soon.

    Our upcoming tour to promote the album is right around the bend, and will be traveling through the Midwest and Southeast. We would love to see all of our friends come out to the nearest show! You can see where we will be on the tour poster below. We are excited to be part of amazing lineups for two big festivals, Bristol Rhythm and Roots and Columbia’s Root and Blues.

    One more note, Todd just got a new tour bus. It is a Dodge Sprinter, just about the best vehicle we could imagine for a touring band. It’s so long to the good ol’ veggie bus, hello new ride at will get us where we need to go.  Pictures coming soon!

    Hope to see everyone somewhere along the road!

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  • June 17th, 2014

    Hello All,

    We would like to announce a big show for this winter. The Pigpen will be taking our first trip overseas to perform at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Orvierto, Italy! We will be in Italy from December 26th-January 3rd. We are very excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to play some honky tunes for the good folks in Europe.

    Also, we are working on a new media page for the website, check out what we have so far on the media tab up top!

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  • June 10th, 2014


    All right folks,

    Everything is going great so far on this Southeast tour. The Border Bash in Bristol, TN went great and we had a blast in Asheville, NC.  A dozen or so folks came up from New Orleans and randomly met up in Asheville over the weekend. Played a great show with our friends “Thirteen Strings and a Two dollar Bill” and played on the street as a “Super Band” that included 12 of our buddies from New Orleans in downtown Asheville.

    Below is a great article that came out in the Bristol paper about the group. Thank you Tom Netherland for writing a great piece about the band. Enjoy folks and see you soon.


    Some folks sit on the river bank and watch life roll right on by.

    Five years ago, Todd Day Wait ditched most everything he owned on a curbside in Missouri. With guitar in hand, clothes on his back and a head full of music and dreams, he dived in.

    Many miles and songs later, Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen disembarks in Bristol for Border Bash on June 6. Wait leads Pigpen, a trio of New Orleans-based musicians whose music hails from American parts far and wide and many decades deep.

    “There’s only so much you can do halfway,” said Wait by phone from Missouri. “I put all my stuff on the curb. If I didn’t own anything, I had no reason to stay. Jumped in. Something was going to happen.”

    Indeed. Most telling, the minstrel man owns an ever-changing sound.

    “We’re a traveling, full country blues group,” Wait said. “We do our own material and pay homage to people from the 1920s to the 1950s. It’s music to show appreciation to those influences.”

    Wait’s influences, like America’s highways and byways, stretch in all sorts of unpredictable directions. He as apt to summon names of old-time string band figures including Charlie Poole to 1950s honky-tonk king Webb Pierce. Love attaches equally.

    “I love string band music from the ’20s and ’30s,” Wait said. “Jug bands, string bands, gospel bands. It was all melding a bunch. I’m a big fan of Lefty Frizzell. George Jones. Wynn Stewart. It makes me happy when I can play that stuff.”

    With tunes including Pierce’s “Love, Love, Love” in mind, the guitar-toting troubadour has traveled the country and seen sights that he never would have had he stayed on the river bank. Get this. Within days of his appearance at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in September, Wait will travel to perform in Italy, his first trip abroad.

    “When I travel, I get to pick stuff up,” Wait said.

    By stuff, he means music. As if it’s a crayon in a kid’s hand, he then adds a few more shades to his already patchwork sound.

    “It might be from Milwaukee or Los Angeles or the deep south,” Wait said. “You can pick up influences that you might not have if you stay in one spot. Now, some states are big on fiddle or banjo or electric guitar.”

    For instance, that which ignites a crowd in the buckle of the bluegrass belt may resound with a thud on the west coast.

    “We can play Tom T. Hall’s ‘Who’s Gonna Feed Them Hogs’ in New Orleans and they love it,” Wait said. “We can play it in California and they don’t get it. In Tennessee, you better play banjo well because everyone from four-year-olds to 80-year-olds can. In California, if you can play five notes on the banjo they love you.”

    Music. Thereby stands the one mark on the map in Wait’s life that makes sense of everything. With music, he’s Todd Day Wait and as American as the flag. Without music, he would be akin to the flag without the stars, and that just doesn’t fly.

    “I can accomplish anything in life with this guitar in my hand,” Wait said. “This world can shake, but I’m gonna be stable. That’s the feeling I get from music.”

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