TRACK A TIGER began in August 2003 as a solo recording project of Jim Vallet. After sifting through some old 4-track tapes and a notebook with a few song ideas, recording began in his Chicago apartment (dubbed Coal to Cola Studio). The result, Woke up early the day I died, was released in October of 2006 on futureappletree records. A live act was put together, a Daytrotter session recorded, and the band hit SXSW.

The band signed to Deep Elm Records in 2007 for their sophomore release, We Moved like Ghosts. Deep Elm then rereleased the first album and 2009’s I Felt the Bullet Hit My Heart, and continues to do all of the band’s licensing. Their music has been heard on the MTV shows 16 and PregnantTeen Mom 2, and The T.O. Show; Fox’s Party of Five DVD set; as well as various film trailers and web commercials.

In 2011, futureappletree released a remix EP, Sewing by Numbers, and the fourth full-length, A Southern Blue.

The Tiger returned in April 2015 with Avenue of the Giants. Released on vinyl, the title came from Jim’s driving trip through the Redwood National Forest on his way from San Francisco to mix the record at Portland’s Jackpot! Recording Studio with Larry Crane (of TapeOp Magazine and Elliot Smith fame). The album was completely written, produced, and engineered by Jim at his Coal to Cola Studio (and a few practice spaces).

Avenue of the Giants mixes acoustic guitars, spacey delays, and dreamy keys with lots of the Tiger's signature sweet male-female harmonies. Think Richard and Linda Thompson and the Sea and Cake having drinks in the living room while Low and The War on Drugs make dinner in the kitchen. Fleetwood Mac is out getting more ice. 

They perform as a full ensemble as well as a stripped-down acoustic three-piece.


Vocals, Guitar / Jim Vallet
Guitar, Keyboard, Banjo, Vocals / Adam Smith
Drums / Sean Burke