The best is yet to come…

You may have noticed Poison Apple did not get it’s January 20th release date, but it should be available everywhere within a week.
While you wait, check out this very comprehensive interview I just conducted with Ear Candy Magazine for their February issue. Here’s a few excerpts:

EC: You recorded 4 albums with Dolour. How did you come up with the band name and what good and not so good memories do you have of this time?

Shane Tutmarc: I was reading Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and I saw the word “dolorous,” which seemed beautiful to me. The way the word looked and it’s meaning. But I didn’t want an adjective name, so I went with Dolour… adding the European-style extra “u.” I don’t think back to Dolour very often, but there “were” many highlights. When I was writing Suburbiac and New Old Friends those songs were just pouring out of me. I got such a high when I was writing back then. I was writing about 100 a year during that period. The hardest thing was that it was a pretty lonely pursuit. Most people from the outside thought it was a “band,” but it was pretty much just me and a rotating cast of players. So I wasn’t able to share the good times as much as I’d like to have.

EC: After Dolour you took a sabbatical from music. Why?

Shane Tutmarc: My relationship with music was not always very healthy, especially by the end of the Dolour era. I was relying so heavily on music and songwriting as my identity and my main source of happiness that it became like a drug addiction. I quit playing music for about a year, got into meditation, took a normal job, and tried putting music in my past. But meditation actually brought me back to music, in a purer, less ego-driven way. Taking a more stripped down approach with the Traveling Mercies was a new challenge and it felt very fresh after spending years making very layered albums with Dolour.

EC: I read in an article about your first solo album “Shouting At A Silent Sky” (2009): “It was written as he was exploring his soul” Looking back on it now, how much truth is in this?

Shane Tutmarc: Well, to a degree every album of mine could be described that way. After dealing with my grandpa’s passing with a lot of the Traveling Mercies material, I was ready to dig deeper with Shouting At A Silent Sky. The themes of almost every song were mortality, aging, and darker sides of life. This record was written very fast, right on the heels of the Traveling Mercies albums… but it felt like a new, deeper, heavier chapter…

EC: At the beginning of 2015 you wanted to release a new album. Unfortunately, this will not be happening. Can you tell me the story of “Borrowed Trouble”?

Shane Tutmarc: It should have probably come out in late 2013 or early 2014, actually. It was recorded between mid-2012 to mid-2013. I don’t want to say too much, because who knows what the future brings… but long story short, the guy who financed the record decided to pull out of the project at the eleventh hour and left me with a finished record that I don’t legally own. It’s a lot more complicated than that, but that’s the basic story. It’d be nice to see it released someday. I’m really happy with the album, it’s probably my favorite album I’ve made.

EC: At least you will release in 2015 a single-a-month series. Can you tell me more about it?

Shane Tutmarc: Yes, a great label out of Portland, OR called In Music We Trust will be releasing a series of singles throughout 2015. The plan is to do a single-a-month. Poison Apple comes out January 20th [sic] to all digital retail outlets, and Tennessee Girl follows on February 17th. These will be a wide variety of songs, all self-produced independently. And the idea is that by the end of the year, it’ll be a full album’s worth of songs. The hope is that releasing one song at a time might help the listener feel more connected to each song individually. I need to get back in the studio to keep up with this goal of one-a-month!

To read the whole interview go to EAR CANDY MAG: The Best is Yet to Come: Interview with Shane Tutmarc.

Silver Bullet, Radio Host & Date Nite

As usual, I’ve waited till there was way more than one post’s worth to talk about. But I’m gonna try to catch y’all up real quick. Last December I started working with Tanya Montana Coe on her debut album, and by July we were finished. I produced the album, played most of the instruments and helped with the writing. And I couldn’t be more proud of the results. It should be available in the first half of next year. Until then, check out the music video (which I also directed) for the title track, Silver Bullet.

On October 17th, I drove up to Evansville, IN to open up for Shooter Jennings with a solo set, and as part of Tanya’s band. It was a really special show, and we all had a blast. It was the first time I’ve played a Casino, and I definitely can see the appeal. Here’s a clip of one of Tanya’s songs from the show (I’m on keys).

And if you want to know more about Tanya and her journey with life and music, read this recent interview conducted by her brother, Tyler Coe.
Rebel Heart: The Tanya Montana Coe Interview

In other news, in late August I started hosting a monthly radio show on East Nashville Radio. With only a few rare exceptions, everything I play on my show is by East Nashville artists. It’s been a very rewarding show, seeing local musicians getting excited about it and sending me new songs. My fourth show will air in mid-December. You can check out the archives of my first three shows on my Soundcloud page: Shane’s East Nashville Radio shows.

On November 18th, Red Jacket Mine released their new EP, “Pure Delight.” It features a song called “Crow,” which is a duet with me and singer, Lincoln Barr. The EP is available to stream and purchase through Bandcamp: Red Jacket Mine’s Pure Delight

And for my final piece of news – last month I started a residency at one of East Nashville’s favorite neighborhood bars, Foobar. We call it “Date Nite,” and it features originals of mine along side classic blues, country, garage rock, rockabilly, and just about everything in between. I have Zach Ryan on lead guitar and taking the lead vocals occasionally, and Isaac Anthony (AKA Twon) on bass and singing a few as well. We’ve had a rotating chair on the drums, but it looks like we’ll have Lemuel Hayes as our steady drummer for the next few months. It’s been great having a gig every week, and the night has been growing in popularity each week. If you’re in town, come check it out. Tuesdays, 10pm at Foobar. And there’s no cover!

I’ll be back in Seattle for the holidays and may sneak in a show or two while home. I will keep you posted.

Rattling the Cage

The past 6 months I’ve had a number of outside projects keeping me busy. I produced and performed a number of instruments on Patrick Kinsley’s debut EP, Rattling the Cage which was just released last week. You can download it via iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, etc. And you can stream it via Spotify. Take a listen.

Year in Review

In January, I released a cover of Lana Del Rey’s “Ride,” the first in a series of covers. Nashville Scene called it “a rad little bit of Americana-stalgia, and to be perfectly honest, I vastly prefer Tutmarc’s version of “Ride” over Del Rey’s.” The series continued in March, with my take on Rilo Kiley’s “Portions for Foxes,” and concluded in May with my reworking of Nirvana’s “Aneurysm.”

This year I also did more co-writing than ever. Releases with co-writes from this year will continue to be released well into 2014, but what’s been released so far is Star Anna‘s incredible Go to Hell album, which features “Let Me Be,” which I co-wrote with Star, and “Mean Kind of Love” which I co-wrote with Nashville singer-songwriters Derek Hoke and Zach Broocke. I collaborated with my multi-talented buddy Ethan Luck on “The Drug Has a Voice,” the closing track to his debut EP. Last year I met Dan Koch, formally of Sherwood, who is now doing an interesting project called Pacific Gold, which takes ancient hymnal lyrics and sets new music to them. I’ve co-written about 7 or 8 songs with him over the last year, including their single, “Sweet Rivers of Redeeming Love“, which allowed me to dig into my love of Brian Wilson chord changes for one of the first times since my Dolour days.

There were also a couple things that happened this year that shined some light on some older tunes. In July, the feature film Assassins Tale prominently featured “Idle Hands” over the opening credits (and on the DVD menu). And in October, Kenny Rogers released a duet with Dolly Parton called You Can’t Make Old Friends… which has been bringing A LOT of new people to my old Dolour song, You Can’t Make New Old Friends.” Thanks Kenny 😉

As the calendar is about to turn another page, one thing I can promise is – more music in 2014!

Summertime is Finally Here

Hey y’all – so again, a lot has happened since I’ve set aside the time to write on here. Hopefully you are all connected with our facebook music page, so you can see the more bite-sized updates on the reg. Since my NW tour with Star Anna in March/April, I’ve released the third (and probably final) installment of my cover series. I dug back into one of my initial inspirations, Nirvana. After discovering Elvis at 10, the Beatles at 11, it was really Nirvana at 12 that really brought it all together for me. “I can do that!” was my 12-year old response. Well here we are decades later, and I still haven’t done “that,” but it definitely got me started on my own musical journey. So it was with great pleasure that I dug into “Aneurysm,” which I first heard from 1992’s Incestide. I really wanted to stretch the arrangement as far from the original as I could. There’s musical references to Angelo Badalamenti’s work with David Lynch (Twin Peaks), Bernard Herrmann’s work with Hitchcock (Vertigo), as well as a little Michael Jackson Thriller vibes, which I couldn’t help but include. I always found it interesting that the background vocals on “Aneurysm” screamed “Beat it, beat it!” Again, I utilized the video editing skills of my brother and long-time right-hand-man, Brandon Tutmarc, this time using Jan Svankmajer’s claymation masterpiece “Darkness Light Darkness” as the visual backdrop to the song. Check out the video here…

Some of you may be wondering, “whatever happened to the next full-length album?” That is a very fair question, since I posted that we finished the album last September. Well, long story short, after some change-ups in our management team, we have now begun re-mixing the album which I promise will make it worth the wait. I am so pleased with the new mixes I am getting from Nathan Thomas (another long-time collaborator). He’s really bringing out the magic of the performances that Jason Miller so beautifully engineered. While a release date is still a ways off, the record should be in a much better place by the end of the month. As always, I will keep you up-to-date here. And keep checking our tour dates, we are focusing mainly on out of town dates this summer, with another trip to the NW this fall. See y’all at the shows!

New Single + NW Tour with Star Anna!

On Tuesday, the 2nd installment of my “cover series” was released. With Aaron Tosti on drums, Justin Ward (of Scotty McCreery’s band) on pedal steel, and long-time collaborator Nathan Thomas doing the mixing, we took on Rilo Kiley‘s modern classic, Portions for Foxes. Nashville Scene named it one of their weekly “Fresh Tracks,” as well as saying “Cover master Shane Tutmarc… and a couple of his pals covered RK’s “Portions for Foxes,” and I’d say they did a nice job of it.” See the full feature: HERE. You can download it via iTunes, Amazon, or CD Baby.

And while Portions for Foxes was being released digitally, I was on a plane returning to Seattle for a series of shows with my long-time friend and NW sensation, Star Anna. Check out the banner above, and the show listings to the right to see if we are playing near you! As the shows progress, I will share more with you along the way. If you live around the NW, i will be seeing you soon!

RIDE goes digitial & Nashville Scene Photo Contest!

Just wanted to keep you up-to-date with some cool stuff happening..

RIDE Single
Our cover of Lana Del Rey‘s Ride, which has enjoyed near-“viral” status on YouTube garnering 2K views in less than 2 weeks, is now available for digital download! Nathan Thomas did a fresh mix/master for the download version, which has a much improved sound over the unmastered mix that’s been on YouTube. Featuring a cover photograph by Lauren Napier and a design by my brother Brandon Tutmarc, Ride is currently available via iTunes and CDBaby, but will be available thru Amazon and other digital outlets within 48 hours. Preview/buy: RIDE via iTunes,
RIDE via CDBaby.

Also – my good friend, Mary-Beth Blankenship has a photo of me is currently in the top 10 (out of 30+ photos) for Nashville Scene’s Photo Contest… but there is some stiff competition, so please share the link via email and social media to help out! The winner, apparently, gets the cover of Nashville Scene! How cool would that be?? See photo/vote: Nashville Scene Photo Contest.

Our second cover, in this series begun with Lana Del Rey’s Ride, has been sent to Nathan Thomas to be mixed. And look out for a special guest on this upcoming track!

Been Trying Hard Not to Get Into Trouble…

After falling in love with Lana del Rey’s song and video for Ride, I decided to tackle my own version. I mostly recorded it at home by myself, but I brought in my longtime buddy and collaborator Aaron Tosti to provide the drums. Another longtime collaborator, Nathan Thomas mixed and mastered the song. We will have a digital release very soon! Check out the video for now…

EPK for Upcoming Album

Take a look at the EPK for our upcoming album. There’s interviews, photos and live footage that tells the story of the making of the album and the personal growths that came with it. Keep checking the sidebar for upcoming shows. There’s some Nashville stuff coming up as well as some more NW dates in late March/early April! More soon…

The Album is Finished!

On Friday, September 14th we completed the mix for the still untitled next album. I couldn’t be happier with the results. It’s really a leap forward from any of my previous work. It’s been a busy summer since I last updated. Between finishing up the record, we also had the privilege to open a string of out-of-town shows for – the “Queen of Rockabilly – Wanda Jackson! I also made a cameo in her new video, Tore Down directed by my friend, Seth Graves. Look for me towards the end.
Backstage before our Birmingham,AL show opening for Wanda, I was interviewed by Birmingham’s Shine Spring Farms Podcast. You can listen to the interview HERE, which also debuts 3 songs from our upcoming record. Look forward to some changes around this website as we gear up for this heavy fall of working to get this record out.