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PREMIERE: Shane Tutmarc Release New Single “The Basement in Nashville” In Times For The Holidays

VENTS has a last minute gift for all the readers, the magazine have joined forces with the awesome Shane Tutmarc for the premiere of his newest single “The Basement in Nashville”.

On the song, Shane comments

“‘The Basement in Nashville‘ is the oldest recording of this single-a-month series.  It dates back to my first trip to Nashville in June of 2008.  I had a two-week residency set up at the Basement, but had never been to Nashville before.  And the musicians I lined-up to play with me were friends of friends, that I’d never met in person.  So I wrote this little ditty about needing a place to crash.  It’s very much a humorous Johnny Cash kind of thing.  The musicians I played with, have ended up being my most consistent collaborators over the 6 years since becoming a Nashville resident.  Nathan Thomas, who engineered the track and played bass on it, has mixed and mastered every song of this year’s series, and Aaron Tosti who played drums, has provided drums for at least half the songs, so it seemed appropriate to end this year-long series with the song that started it all for me in Nashville.”

Some may know Shane Tutmarc as the front man for Seattle-based indie-pop band Dolour, which featured Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes). However, after packing up Dolour, Tutmarc packed his bags in 2010 and moved to Nashville, where he refined his sound, blending garage-rock, folk, blues, country, gospel, and pop to create an Americana flavor that pays homage to its predecessors, but also knows when to expand on and experiment with different influences. The result is something that has been described as Nashville rock-n-soul; but, after one listen to Tutmarc’s music, you won’t be worrying as much about labels and genres as you will be singing along.

Having recorded a full-length in Nashville, Borrowed Trouble, which has since been placed on the back burner due to an investor in the album pulling out at the eleventh hour, Tutmarc has kept busy playing around Nashville and the Northwest, as well as producing other artists. However, he recently has decided to release a single a month throughout 2015, with plans to compile the songs and release a full-length in 2016.  The singles will be released by Portland, Oregon-based indie, In Music We Trust Records

The eleventh, and final single (there was no October single due to an illness in the family), December’s “The Basement In Nashville,” which will be released on Christmas Day 2015, finds Tutmarc rounding out the year with some more roots-filled, countrified folk-rock that displays Tutmarc’s smooth, soothing voice alongside his airtight band.  An ode to Nashville ladies and one of Tutmarc’s favorite clubs in Nashville, The Basement, the song is Tutmarc through and through; soulful, sensual, sweet, and melodic

As for previous singles, the first single, “Poison Apple,” was digitally released on January 27th. “Poison Apple” found Tutmarc delivering a melodic garage rocker. Produced by Tutmarc, the song features his uncanny ability to carve out a melody while creating a fun, but also serious rock beat, allowing him to weave between genres without sounding forced or contrived

“Tennessee Girl” was released February 24th. The song takes a 180 and found Tutmarc offering up a more traditional country song, an upbeat love song about a man traveling, yearning to get back to his girl in Tennessee.

March’s song, released March 31st, “When You Found Me” was originally recorded for Borrowed Trouble, but re-recorded for the single-a-month plan. A guitar-driven, muddy blues-influenced, mid-tempo rocker, the song showcases Tutmarc’s ability to get gritty, without losing his melodic sensibilities.

April 28’s “Suicide Weather” delivers a psychedelic-infused, 60s throw-back pop number.

“Til Daddy Gets Paid,” which hit on May 26th, is a country-fied dance number, finding Tutmarc re-visiting his adopted hometown of Nashville’s roots, all while putting his own stamp on it.

Then there is the June 30th release of “Out of the Dark.” A late-night, subdued song that contrasts the darkness of the Tutmarc’s reserved voice and the trickling guitar notes with a relaxing, soothing melody, the song is the perfect example of Tutmarc’s ability to create something soothing and slow, all while reeling you in with an undertow melody that won’t soon be forgotten.

“Goin’ Goin’ Gone,” recently released on July 31, 2015, blends Americana with Tutmarc’s pop sense, creating an acoustic-driven, melodic-roots ditty.

The eighth single, “So Hard to Make An Easy Getaway” will be released August 28, 2015. Melding pop sensibilities with some Nashville twang to sweeten the deal, “So Hard to Make An Easy Getaway” is a pop song, without being too saccharine, paying homage to the Americana roots that pumps under its veins without losing it’s touch to reel you and with a good hook and a sing-along chorus.

The ninth single, “I Never Said Anything,” which was released September 25, 2015, delivers a psychedelic, rocking piece that borrows equally from Brit-pop as much as it does 90s rock. Tutmarc even throws in some Americana for good measure.

Due to a sickness in the family, there was no October single.

The tenth single, which was released on November 27, 2015, is entitled, “What Is This Love?,” a psychedelic-meets-trance-like pop song that meditates on a groove, without losing sight of the hook.

It’s Tutmarc’s ability to vacillate between styles, and also merge them effortlessly when he wants, that has made Tutmarc a go-to man for co-writing in Nashville, as well as a producer. His agility in his songwriting and musical breadth help him carry out his vision, whether it’s a dense, lush, or sparse song that Tutmarc feels he needs to carry out his message.

That is why he looks forward to 2015, and the freedom to slowly craft an album, while releasing singles each month, keeping new music outpouring, and not tying his hands with the pressure to go in and create a collection of songs immediately for a release.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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