Since its debut in early 2004, Thunder In The Valley has been wowing Twin Cities audiences and critics with its exuberant blend of rock and ragtime — not a nostalgia trip, but an innovative blend of old and new styles that conjures thoughts of Tom Waits, Sixteen Horsepower, and DeVotchKa with a bit of Kurt Weill and a mad-eyed carnival barker thrown in for good measure.
When the Thunder rumbles, people hear it. In its first year, TITV's six-song debut CD and rollicking live show made a big impression on the Twin Cities music scene, fans and critics alike — scoring high on City Pages' annual Picked To Click poll and other year's-best lists. Even better, the band was given the gold star by the legendary club First Avenue, which invited the band to play its prestigious annual Best New Bands showcase. In 2005, the Thunder keeps rolling along, with two Minnesota Music Award nominations for Best New Group and Best Eclectic Group.
Thunder in the Valley’s rising profile and undeniable talent attracted the attention of the American Composers Forum,