Raised in rural Arkansas, TAV FALCO embarked on his long and distinguished musical career upon arriving in Memphis in the mid-1970s. Teaming up with local music legend Alex Chilton (The Box Tops/Big Star) in 1978, the duo formed the long-running and still active band, TAV FALCO’S PANTHER BURNS. Alongside such like-minded groups as the Cramps and the Gun Club, Panther Burns thrived on the early '80s music circuit and were a popular draw at such storied NYC clubs as The Peppermint Lounge and Danceteria. Despite Chilton’s exit from the live lineup in 1984, Panther Burns carried on and the band’s current discography includes ten studio LPs and numerous EPs, live albums, and compilations.
Artists who have cited Panther Burns as an influence include the American alternative music acts Southern Culture on the Skids, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Jack Oblivian, and The Gories. In Europe, neo-psychedelic groups who have referenced Panther Burns include England's Spacemen 3; Scotland's Primal Scream; Germany's Cuban Rebel Girls (named after one of Falco's original songs); France's The Dum Dum Boys; and Italy's Time Machine.
Equal parts primal rock ’n’ roll, hill country blues & avant-garde art, Tav Falco's Panther Burns aren't just Music ... but a state of mind. Tav brings daggers back to the stage.
Tav's most recent release, A Tav Falco Christmas, was released in December 2017 via ORG Music/Frenzi Films & Music. Tav Falco's Panther Burns have announced a U.S. tour for May 2018. Tav will be joined by musical director/producer/guitarist Mario Monterosso (Dale Watson, Red Mount Trio), pianist Francesco D'Agnolo, bassist Giuseppe Sangirardi and drummer Riccardo Colasante.
Stereo Embers Podcast (career-spanning interview w/ Tav)
CaughtByTheRiver.net (interview w/ Tav by Nick Power of The Coral)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (interview w/ Tav - May 2018)
Memphis Commercial Appeal ("Top 12 Best of Beale Street Fest" - May 2018)
Memphis Commercial Appeal (Beale Street Music Fest review - May 2018)
Memphis Flyer (Beale Street Music Fest review - May 2018)
GratefulWeb (Beale Street Music Fest review - May 2018)
Philadelphia Inquirer (concert preview - May 2018)
Cincinnati CityBeat (concert preview - May 2018)
Chronogram (concert preview - May 2018)
The Portable Infinite (May 2018 tour announcement)
Los Angeles Times (Tav Christmas album review)
Q Magazine (Tav Christmas album review)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Tav Christmas feature interview)
MySpiltMilk (Tav Christmas feature interview)
Blurt Online (Tav Christmas album review)
Memphis Flyer (Tav Christmas album review)
Memphis Commercial Appeal (Tav Christmas album feature)
Yahoo! Entertainment (Tav Christmas album review)
Music Connection Magazine (Tav Christmas album review)
Paste (Tav Christmas album review)
The Vinyl District (Tav Christmas album review)
LouderThanWar (feature interview - 2014)
L.A. Record (feature interview - 2011)
BombMagazine (feature interview - 2008)
TAV FALCO'S PANTHER BURNS performing "Blind Man" live at the Rodeo Bar, NYC (2012)
TAV FALCO - "He'll Have to Go" music video from Command Performance (2015)