RIP Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain was a beacon of light for me in my early adolescence. I started playing guitar at 10 years old, only vaguely aware of the storm that was brewing in my hometown of Seattle, WA. Although barely old enough to be considered part of the “X” generation, Kurt Cobain was the first musician from my era that really inspired me to sit down and write my own songs. He felt like a natural transition from my obsession with John Lennon. Through his generous accolades of underground music like Os Mutantes, The Vaselines and Daniel Johnston, I developed my own taste for record collecting and seeking out sounds outside of the mainstream. But his early death left me with so many questions. I still wonder where his life and music would have gone had he not put such an abrupt end to it.

It’s A Wonderful Life: Return of Grunge Pioneer Kurt Cobain

In tribute to the 17th anniversary of his passing I wrote an “alternate history” which tells the story of what could have been. I hope you enjoy this happy ending to such a tragic musical revolutionary.


We are in the running for Artist of the Month over at Nashville’s The Deli Magazine website. The site focuses on local indie music scenes and emerging artists (to quote their website). The winner of this contest gets their picture and a link at the top of The Deli’s homepage for two weeks (apparently the most clicked part of the site), which would give us great exposure in my adopted hometown of Nashville.

So far we have a strong lead, but the contest continues for two weeks, so please take the 5 seconds to vote for us at the Deli’s Nashville Artist of The Month poll, and spread the word!


Bringing Y’all Up To Speed

Hey there – I hope you are exploring this great new website that my brother Brandon Tutmarc has designed. You can now stream every release, and get up-to-the-minute show information, as well as dig through old press clippings and photos. There are updated featured videos, and I will be doing my best to keep you all abreast with current and upcoming information.

When I first moved out to Nashville, a little over a year ago now, I journaled the journey with my blog Through These Eyes. You can see my old posts there, but I will now be doing all my story telling right here at

In December, through, we “released” a new 5-song EP titled, So Hard to Make An Easy Getaway. Head over to that site to see a video of me explaining how the site works, and sign up for a free account, which gives you access to our new EP for absolutely no charge.

I just returned from a 2 1/2 week trip to the Great Northwest. It was refreshing to catching up with friends and family out there. I had my brother, Brandon, back on the drums (like the Traveling Mercies days) and Rian Lewis on bass. Rian is a longtime friend from Portland, who keeps himself busy producing and performing with a variety of artists in his hometown. The first show was magic. I was invited to participate in a tribute to the late great Townes Van Zandt at the Tractor Tavern on March 7th. The original concept was a bunch of solo artists taking turns performing their favorite Townes songs, but after we all got together, it ended up being a very collaborative show. I ended up playing bass and singing harmonies during Kevin Large’s set, while Sera Cahoone played drums. During my set, I had Justin Davis on lead guitar, Star Anna on tambourine, and Scott Farley (host of Bellevue College’s KBCS radio show, The Outskirts) on bass! To help promote the Townes tribute, Star Anna, Justin Davis, and I were on Marty Reimer’s podcast (which was also broadcast through Seattle’s The Mountain radio station). And later that day, I joined Star and Justin on KBCS‘s The Outskirts.

On Friday, March 11th, I was able to reconnect with former KEXP DJ, Larry Metro on Hollow Earth Radio, which was a fun, very relaxed show. Next up, on March 16th along with my brother and Rian Lewis, we played Portland’s Bing Lounge for a KINK fm radio broadcast. The whole show was also filmed, and the current “featured video” in the bottom right corner of this page is the interview portion of the show. You can find the rest of the performance on KINK’s YouTube page. That night we performed at Mississippi Studios, probably my favorite Portland venue.

And finally, on March 16th, I was back at the Tractor Tavern, but this time with the full band. Playing the Tractor is always a good time, and it was a great opportunity to get a bunch of friends and family out.

Now I am back in Nashville, TN and looking forward to a busy week of shows. We’re playing the Mercy Lounge for the first time on Monday as part of their weekly “8 Off 8th” showcase, on Wednesday the 30th, we get the opportunity to open for the great Dex Romweber Duo, and on Saturday we are performing at the annual Pancakes & Booze Art Show! We already have some dates lined up through May, and we are looking to be doing more regional touring this Spring and Summer.

Keep your eyes here for more updates. Now that I’ve caught you up a bit, I can write something more bite sized next time.

Welcome to the new website!

Thanks for visiting our new website! Don’t miss Shane’s newest song, “What Is This Love?” You can download it for free at: MusicReleaser.

There’s lots of music news on the horizon, so check back soon!

How Rock (Almost) Died While Elvis Was In The Army

When asked to reflect on Elvis’ passing, John Lennon famously said, “Elvis died in the army.” Shane offers up a new post about the early days of rock and suggests that it wasn’t Elvis who died in the army but it was rock and roll that (nearly) breathed its last.

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For the first installment in a series on “the Perfect Song”, Shane dissects The Beatles “Help!”. This song is frequently referred to as one of John’s earliest examples of autobiographical songwriting. While it is still packaged in the up-tempo, “Buck Owens meets Motown” early Beatles sound, just beneath the surface there are real tears of desperation. I love when a song can work on two levels, and you hear more with each listen…
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Shane’s New Journal

After arriving in Nashville on January 8th after an eventful trek across the country Shane launched a new online journal at as a “place to share my thoughts, personal photos, and hopefully keep you up-to-date on my recent move across the country.”

Check it out!

Final Seattle show, as a resident

The day is finally upon us. My last Seattle show as a local.
Luckily we can do it with singing and celebration! I assembled an
all-star cast to make this a very special “going away party”. I am
proud to be sharing the bill with long-time friends and frequent
collaborators, Eric Howk (The Lashes/Palmer AK), Noah Star
(USE/Wonderful), Josh Ottum (Friends for Heroes/Mr Pleasant).

I will be joined by my all-star band featuring Ty Bailie on Keys, Ryan
Richter on Lap Steel, Brendan Bosworth on bass, Brian Bosworth on
drums and the beautiful girls of the vocal group, The Chromettes – Mia
Katherine Boyle, Alicia Dara, and Fiia McGann.

And that’s not all – your $10 at the door also makes you eligible for
free drinks all night!

Give me the chance to sing for you one last time before I return to
Seattle with a southern accent and a belly full of comfort food!


Goodbye Seattle, Hello Nashville

Dear Beloved Seattle,
On January 1st I am packing up the car and driving across the country
to move to Nashville, Tennessee. It’s something I’ve been dreaming
and scheming about for years now, and I’ve finally set a date. I was
born and raised here in Seattle (a true Seattleite), and although I
will surely visit family and friends frequently, I am looking forward
to a new home across the country. I am grateful to all the talented
musicians I’ve had the opportunity to work with, during my years with
Dolour, The Traveling Mercies, and my “solo” band. When writing my
latest album (Shouting At A Silent Sky, June 2009) I sort of
envisioned it as a ‘Goodbye to Seattle’ album. Songs like “Never
Turnin’ Back”, “There’s No Star to Lead Me Home”, and “Death & Texas”
captured my growing restlessness.

The South had always been a great mystery to me. The fabled land that
brought country music and blues together and breathed life into rock
and roll. My first experience with Nashville was in June of ’08 when I
flew down there to play some shows supporting “Hey Lazarus!” (my
second album with The Traveling Mercies). I fell in love with this
legendary music city. Although it is one of the greatest music meccas
in the country, it still carries itself like a small town. I met so
many great people, went to so many great clubs, and I saw endless
possibilities as a songwriter. It was on that trip that I started
writing my most recent album, Shouting At A Silent Sky. Now I feel a
strong desire to dig deeper in the heartland, and get to know the
South and its music from a first-hand perspective.

If you would like to congregate one last time while I’m still living
here you can see me and my band play Wednesday, December 16th at the
Electric Tea Garden (the “Artificial Limb” building) in Capitol Hill.
It should be a fun filled night, full of song and celebration.

I hope that Seattle will stick by me during this new period of
exploration, musically if not geographically, and I will be back to
play shows as often as I can.

With Love,
Shane Tutmarc

And here is a new video to accompany this departure…