Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hallelujah”?
Sam:We are really excited about this song. Honestly, it’s probably our favorite song that we’ve put out to this point. We feel like it embodies a lot of what we want our sound to be. It’s definitely a country song but has a little bit of soul/southern rock to it. It’s also an honest song that we feel like everyone can relate to on some level. Everybody has screwed up and been in a place where they either needed forgiveness or needed to give forgiveness. The first time we playedthis song in front of a crowd was an amazing experience. We played a show at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA in front of over 600 fans. I told the fans about the song since most had never heard it and then I played it I saw one flashlight waving back and forth in the crowd during the first chorusand then hundreds of others joined. Every light in the house was turned off and the flashlights were the only light for the stage. That’s when we knew we had to record this song.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Sam: The song “Hallelujah” arose from one of the hardest stretches of life for me. My Junior year of college was difficult in many ways for me as I was trying to juggle a busy schedule, maintain a struggling relationship with my brother, and battle a persistent feeling that I was failing in every aspect of life. I started to see my heart for what it actually was, broken and dirty. During a sleepless night, I started to craft the words for Hallelujah, spilling my heart out on the page. This song admits to my brokenness and despair, and then describes my personal journey of finding hope in the free grace of God that night.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Walker: We’ve got a few things cooking. We haven’t filmed a video yet but plan to in the near future.
How was the recording and writing process?
Walker: For us, the writing process usually happens pretty independently. One of us will typically write most of a song and bring it to the other to put the finishing touches on it. As we play it live and take it into the studio, we continue to refine it after we figure out what feels right and what people respond to. Recording is really a whirl wind. We feel like we get a lot better at it each time we go to the studio. We self-produce most of what we do, so it’s always an ongoing process of figuring out what we want “our sound” to be and how to achieve it.
What role does Nashville play in the song?
Sam: Nashville plays a pretty huge role in this song because we recorded it there! There’s something about being in Nashville that’s pretty inspiring. Everywhere you look people are making music in one way or another. There are so many great players and writers in town that make you want to go to the next level as a band, writer, and musician.
How your new EP coming along?
Walker: Really well. We are really excited with some of the songs we have in our back pocket. I really think that we have gotten so much better as writers over the past year. I also really like the assortment of songs that we have. There are some beachy vibes, some rock n’ roll country songs, and a few soulful tunes that people have really loved when we’ve played them live.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Sam: The plan is to record a lot this summer and get something out not too long after that.
Any plans to hit the road?
Walker: We’ve got a few festival dates lined up this summer. We’re heading all over the state of Georgia to play places like Macon, Athens, and Atlanta. We’re hoping to get some more festivals lined up before it’s all over.
What else is happening next in The Tuten Brothers’ world?
Walker: We’re releasing another single called “Dancin’ Boots” early this summer that we’re excited about. It’s a rockin’ summer driving type song that’s a lot of fun.