Shane Tutmarc’s musical roots run deep: His great-grandfather, Paul, is credited with inventing the electric guitar, and his grandfather, Bud, was an acclaimed Hawaiian steel guitar player. Before moving to Nashville, the youngest Tutmarc found success in his native Pacific Northwest as the central figure in Dolour, “a group whose best output mirrors The Shins and Jellyfish” (Nashville Scene). Many prominent Northwest musicians found their start in Tutmarc’s band, including a young Robin Pecknold (principle singer/songwriter for folk-revivalist sensations, Fleet Foxes) who recently had this to say, “Shane is someone I'm very proud to have played music with when we were both coming up in Seattle - he's got an amazing ear for melody and a restless spirit of invention. Very few songwriters are as obsessed with their craft as my friend Shane.” Tutmarc’s also had songs in film and TV, most recently on Anthony Bourdain’s hit show, The Layover, on The Travel Channel.
His new material reveals that he hasn’t dropped out of the Brian Wilson School of Popular Song, but he added soul and R&B to his curriculum, thanks in part to co-producer Mike Leech. Leech, a member of The Musicians Hall of Fame, was bass player and horn arranger on key sessions at Memphis’ American Sound Studio in the late ‘60s and ‘70s (Elvis, The Box Tops, Dusty Springfield, Neil Diamond and many others). Co-Producers Leech and RJ Stillwell have brought in iconic musicians for Tutmarc's project, including Michael Rhodes (Rodney Crowell, Etta James) and Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Mark Knopfler). Leech isn’t the only Hall of Famer to jump on board Tutmarc’s vision; after a string of summer dates opening for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend Wanda Jackson, she gushed, “Shane Tutmarc is one of my new favorite voices in rock and roll! I listen to his CD while traveling to show dates.”
While Tutmarc has released several full-length albums in a prolific and varied career, he admits, "I approached this project as if it was my first record. This is undoubtedly a new beginning for me. I feel I found the perfect team between the production talents of RJ and Mike; and a room full of extraordinary musicians to make the record I have always dreamt of!"
"Tutmarc combines elements of garage-rock, folk, blues, country, gospel and pop into emotionally searing songs of spiritual disquiet and personal heartache." - Don Yates, KEXP Music Director
"In the beginning, rock 'n' roll fused country, boogie-woogie and the blues. This up-tempo alloy of country, rhythm and blues is where Tutmarc reigns. It could be called modern roots because, yeah, it's a little bit rockabilly, a little bit '50s rock, maybe some cool cat swing in there, too. On top of everything, though, is Tutmarc's spirited voice, which is at home snarling or crooning, wherever the spirit takes him." - Shawn Telford, Seattle PI
"From the opening notes of his latest album, Shouting at a Silent Sky, it's obvious the land of Elvis and Faulkner has had a profound impact on the Seattle-born singer-songwriter. With his pencil-thin mustache and bowler hat, Tutmarc looks like he could be the star of a 1930s European film. But when he opens his mouth to sing, out comes a brass twang halfway between Dwight Yoakam and a young Steve Earle." - Brian Barr, Seattle Weekly