A short time after that amateur appearance, the duo landed the job of house band for a local bar. It was the first time Hough and Tamulevich earned pay for performing. In less than two years, they were earning enough with their music to leave their cook jobs behind. In 1979, Mustard's Retreat recorded a self-titled debut album. It was four years before a sophomore work was completed, Home by the Morning, released under the Red House Records label; another four years and another album, Midwinter's Night.
Hough and Tamulevich spent the next few years traveling across the East Coast and through the Midwest, performing at festivals, bars, and clubs. It would be 1994 before the duo recorded its next full-length offering, 5 Miles or 50,000 Years. It was followed in 1997 by The Wind and the Crickets, recorded under the Palmetto Records label and produced by Garnet Rogers
. Some of the family-suitable tunes folk fans can find on this duo's albums are "Gather the Family," "The Volunteer Song," and "Festival Night." ~ Charlotte Dillon