Never Turning Back: Shane Tutmarc is Nashville Bound
As long as we’ve been writing Sound on the Sound, we’ve been talking about the songs of Shane Tutmrac. First as the front man of Seattle pop outfit Dolour, again as he took a family journey South with The Traveling Mercies, and most recently as his solo record found him fronting the largest band in his decade plus of making music in Seattle.
As integral a part of our Seattle music experience as Shane has been, we’ve always known he felt a calling to venture beyond the Cascades and the Sound, so it came as no surprise when Shane told us he’d be packing up and moving January 1st, 2010 to Nashville, TN.
Here’s what Shane had to say about his decision to leave Seattle and head South:
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.
Surely if any Seattle son can succeed in Nashville, it is Shane. Our affection and support of Shane and his songs will extend the thousands of miles that will soon seperate us. We offer him our sincerest well wishes and nothing but the best of luck.