TLR grew up in the coastal town of Normanville on the Fleurieu Peninsula. He started playing guitar at 15 and learnt aspects of blues and country music from local troubadour, Alex Abbott. In the early noughties, TLR played gigs around Adelaide using his own name and released a couple of EPs. In 2006 he stopped writing and performing in order to focus on a career as an experimental musician and artist. In 2010 he started writing songs again under the Garden Ruin moniker, and since then he has recorded two albums and an EP.