The Tender Things release How You Make a Fool, a dark, inward look at the flawed lives of modern characters refracted through the prism of country music. The music is propulsive, like the Swampers’ of Muscle Shoals, and easy associations are drawn to the Bakersfield and Los Angeles sounds of the 60’s and 70’s, but the band’s music is born in the folk forms of Appalachia and mixed in the honkys and dancehalls of central Texas.

Bandleader Jesse Ebaugh cut his teeth in Northern Kentucky with the modern blues rock boogie of Pearlene (Dim Mak, Sympathy for the Record Industry) and the bluegrass band The Kenton County Regulators. His friendship with Erika Wennerstrom led to a decade long stint in Heartless Bastards (Fat Possum, Partisan), and he now exits that project to pursue his own endeavor in The Tender Things.

How You Make a Fool was recorded in Fort Worth, Texas with producer Josh Block (Leon Bridges, White Denim) at his studio Niles City Sound. Ricky Ray Jackson (pedal steel), Gary Newcomb (guitar), Z Lynch (bass) and Matt Strmiska (Drums) were joined by Robert Ellis and Patty Griffin in November and December of 2018 to track the album, and now an official release date is set for March 27, 2020, on the Austin Texas label Spaceflight Records.