Tyson Ballew is a D.I.Y. singer-songwriter currently living in Bellingham, WA who spent 10 years frolicking in the seedy Missoula, MT underground scene. Tyson plays pop-punk-inspired folk music similar to The Mountain Goats, Clem Snide, Emperor X, and Ghost Mice. He has performed over 300 solo sets and believes everyone has a story to tell.
The Summer of Dodos is a cassette he self-released on his own label, Tummy Rock Records, in 2009. It is the second in a trilogy of tapes about extinct, flightless birds (the others being Fruit Trees for Cassowaries and Moa in Repose). This E.P. is a limited run of 100 purple transparent cassette tapes. Each purchase comes with a digital download of the tape. This tape was recorded in the kitchen of Tyson Ballew's former apartment on Front Street in Missoula, MT. Unlike Fruit Trees for Cassowaries, The Summer of Dodos is recorded and performed soley by Tyson, who plays all the instruments. Track Six, "I Need You to Try a Little Harder For Me", is a cover of a Go Slowpoke song.