SONG PREMIERE: Shane Tutmarc “Tennessee Girl”

Shane Tutmarc was born in Seattle, but as soon as he could get to Nashville he began crafting a sound entrenched in Americana and alt. country. What sets Tutmarc apart from the herd is his background fronting the indie pop band Dolour. With his solo work he applies pop and garage rock to a twangier more country influenced style of music, which can be heard on his newest tune “Tennessee Girl.” The smooth rambling song about life on the road recalls the progressive country movement of the 1970s in the way Tutmarc takes a more free-spirited, rocking approach to a country tune, and is catchy enough to linger in your mind for a while after listening.

On “Tennessee Girl” Tutmarc says, “This is probably the most well-traveled song I’ve written. The idea first came to me while on tour in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I started structuring it while staying at In Music We Trust label head Alex Steininger’s house in Portland, Oregon, and finished it up back home in Nashville, which is appropriate since it’s a ‘on the road’ song. I’ve always been a fan of road-weary songs – whether it’s ABBA’s ‘Super Trouper’ or the country classic ‘Six Days on the Road’, or Chuck Berry’s ‘Promised Land’. So this is my little contribution to that lineage of songs. I think anyone that’s been on the road knows that feeling once you’re a week or two into it when nothing sounds better than to be home with your girl, or at least in your own bed.”

“Tennessee Girl” is the second single in Shane Tutmarc’s single-a-month plan for 2015, in which he will roll out a new song each month of the year and compile them into a full length album to be released in 2016.

Give a listen to Shane Tutmarc’s “Tennessee Girl”…

You can hear Shane Tutmarc’s first single “Poison Apple” and keep up with future songs at

Photo credit: Mick Leonardi

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