Tinkersmith was founded by Jeff Smith (vocals, guitar, harmonica,) Sally Tinker (vocals, mandolin, percussion), Ira Moskowitz (percussion), and Andy Robinson (dulcimer, harmonica, vocals). According to Robinson, “We do our own take on folky, rootsy songs by Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Gillian Welch, Gram Parsons, Loudon Wainright III, and others, plus a few of my own tunes.”

By 2018, the band also included bassist Dan Steinman.