November 2020 Song of the Month: Reno – Ethan Tucker

Ethan Tucker

Catching up with our Song of the Month 2020 series.

Ethan Tucker plays “Reno” live from the Emergency Bandcast System Studios.

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Pints Barn Presents Ethan Tucker on Ethan Tucker’s trademark sound of acoustic roots and layered electric guitars combined with an unmistakable soulful and bluesy vocal, is a recipe which has garnered attention from some of his most popular contemporaries, as well as bonafide legends.

Born in Olympia, Washington, Ethan has traveled the country with Jimmy Cliff, Buddy Guy, and The Wailers as well as national support slots with musical peers Slightly Stoopid, G-Love, and Michael Franti. With Ethan’s latest release Misunderstood (Stoopid Records, May 5, 2015) his enthusiasm for collaboration is seamlessly exemplified on his 11-song album, produced by Michael Franti and Mario Caldato Jr. (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson, G Love). The album includes special guests Money Mark, Norwood Fisher (Fishbone) and Thomas Pridgeon (Mars Volta).

Ethan’s career took off after impressing Michael Franti with an impromptu backstage jam in Spearhead’s dressing room long before ever playing a show together. Ethan was summoned by Franti to come to his studio in San Francisco, CA to record what would later become some of the more infectious tracks on Misunderstood. From there, a bond between the two artists was solidified. The first single “Crazy Tonight” was arranged, recorded, produced at Franti’s studio, and also features him on guest vocals. This track, coupled with the reggae-pop hybrid “Cool Kids” (also produced by Franti) opens the album, that is a sonically cohesive and a coming of age for Ethan Tucker. In 2016, Ethan took his career yet to another level when he auditioned for NBC’s The Voice; performing a reggae rendition of The Police’s “Roxanne.”

He was able to also perform “Gravity” by John Mayer in the battle rounds. Ethan continues touring and releasing new music, including his latest single “Feelin’ You” released in February 2019. He has released multiple live acoustic videos for Sugarshack Sessions and California Roots “Jam In The Van” which are both currently streaming on YouTube. Stay tuned for more exciting news from Ethan Tucker soon!​​


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