S. J. Tucker

S. J. Tucker

BandAlternativeFolk

Bringing Story back to town, SJ Tucker serves up Gypsy Celtic Gumbo, Folk, and Fire.

Biography

What would've happened if Peter Pan's Wendy stayed in Neverland and became the pirate ship's captain? What sort of tango would you dance with an alligator in your house? What befalls those brave enough to follow Inanna into the underground? S. J. TUCKER, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fire dancer, addresses these questions and more as she walks the lines of stories both ancient and modern, following where her music leads. Named Queen of the Bards by colleagues and recognized as the musical avatar of the lyrical and literary Mythpunk genre, S. J. tours the USA solo and as leader of two separate bands: Skinny White Chick and Tricky Pixie. Since she began her journey as a full-time performer in 2004, S. J. has released six full-length albums containing all-original material, as well as two live discs, on nothing but her own steam, and has run rings around her own US touring circuit many times. Her sound stretches from comedy to lullabyes to full-on punk, even including electronica from time to time, and she shows no signs of slowing down! S. J. is currently bouncing from state to state, conquering 2009 with a glad heart and a wild gypsy grin. On top of everything else, S. J.'s children's book, Rabbit's Song, will celebrate its release in 2009, making her an internationally published author as well as a wandering minstrel!

"A Seattle basement, mid-winter. The room swarms with eager fans. Each person, it seems, knows the words to every song belted out by a slender pixie in a jester’s cap.
FaerieWorlds, 2007. A blue-braided powerhouse wails on a bodhran, sending hundreds of bright-clad neo-tribals leaping happily through the air.
Sunday morning barefoot boogie. Dozens of dancers gyrate to a song they’ve never heard before. Grabbing the chorus, they sing: The circle is here/ It lives in each of us/ In perfect love/ And perfect trust. This is the magic of S.J. Tucker. And if you haven’t heard of her yet, you will.

S.J. Tucker is a self-made performing artist. Although she seems at first glance like a simple “guitar chick,” in truth she’s a glittering badass of fire-spinning verve. Musically, “Sooj” ranges from Gospel to World Fusion technobeats. Combining theatrics and mysticism with info-tech savvy and a spirited attitude, Tucker defies expectations. Despite her elfin appearance, this “skinny white chick” has a roaring voice and a thousand-yard stare. Like Ani Difranco and Jonathan Coulton, she’s a product of timeless artistry and postmodern opportunity. Though bardic in tradition, S.J. Tucker is fully an artist of Now.

As digital DIY demolishes the music biz, artists like Tucker define themselves on their own terms. Such artists tour heavily, press their own discs, distribute through the Internet and produce their albums on portable computers. S. J. Tucker is one of them: an activist, an inspiration, and to many fans a friend.

The word “magic” is essential to understanding S.J. Tucker. For her, music is a magical act. Like fellow mystics such as Kan’Nal, Tool and Michael Franti, she packs intent behind each song, especially during live performances, and her audiences welcome it. Folks don’t just enjoy Tucker’s concerts. They often come away transformed."
--Phil Brucato
New Witch Magazine, issue 17

Lyrics

Alligator in the House

Written By: S. J. Tucker and Betsy Tinney

There's an Alligator in the House
a toothy grin appears beneath my chair
a scaly tail goes sliding out of sight
now it's gone, was it ever there?
Something odd has moved into the house
Reptilian tracks lead underneath the bed
and all the cats are tasty, fat and scared, though I don't think we've lost any yet!
So what's the big deal?
Doesn't everyone
Have an Alligator somewhere, somehow?
And maybe this one has always been here, but I never noticed until now!

There's an Alligator in the House
Just caught her napping in the living room.
She was dozing on the velvet couch
and the cats were sleeping there, too.
There's an alligator in the house.
No one seems to mind except for me.
Well, at least she doesn't eat the cats.
I suspect she'd rather eat me.
There's an alligator in the pit.
She is dancing wildly with the snakes.
To win them over to her cause,
she will do whatever it takes.
They think I don't see their little smiles
As they plan reptilian overthrow
but I hear them talking in my dreams.
They will not be sad to see me go!

So what's the big deal?
Doesn't everyone
Have an Alligator somewhere, somehow?
And maybe this one has always been here, but I never noticed until now!

I've begun to worry about my toes.
The alligator seems to think they're nice.
I've counted all of them a hundred times
but I never got the same answer twice.
There's an alligator in my bed.
She is not a master of disguise.
Just a pillow waiting for my head,
soft and sweet and hungrily she lies.
There's an alligator in the house.
Today she joined me for a spot of tea.
She helped herself to raspberries and cream
and she didn't leave any for me.
Well, I thought that I had seen it all
but this alligator proved me wrong.
Like a lady as she sipped her tea,
she sang to me this little song:
So what's the big deal?
Doesn't everyone have an alligator somewhere, somehow?
I know that you'd miss me if you found me gone, though you never noticed until now!

So what's the big deal?
Doesn't everyone
Have an Alligator somewhere, somehow?
And maybe this one has always been here, but I never noticed until now!

Discography

The Nathan Session - EP, 2001 Sound samples available at http://www.skinnywhitechick.com/music.php
Skinny & the Semi-Pros - EP, 2003 Sound samples available at http://www.skinnywhitechick.com/music.php
Haphazard - full-length, 2004 Sound samples available at http://www.skinnywhitechick.com/music.php
and http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sjtucker
also available on the iTunes Music Store.
Tales of I-10 Volume One - full-length, 2004 live 'bootleg' disc available only at shows
Tangles - full-length, 2005 Sound samples available at http://www.skinnywhitechick.com/music.php and http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sjtucker2
also available on the iTunes music store
Tales from the Road - full-length 2005 live Sound samples available at http://www.skinnywhitechick.com/music.php and http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/tuckersj
also available on the iTunes music store
SIRENS - full-length, released October 31 2006. Sound samples available at:
http://www.skinnywhitechick.com/music.php
For the Girl in the Garden - full-length, released October 31 2006. Sound samples available at:
http://www.skinnywhitechick.com/music.php
Blessings - full-length, released June 27, 2007.
Sound samples available at:
http://www.skinnywhitechick.com/music.php
Tricky Pixie Live - full-length, live, released July 22, 2007. Sound samples available at:
http://www.myspace.com/trickypixieband
Solace & Sorrow - full-length, released October 30, 2007. Sound samples available at: http://www.skinnywhitechick.com/music.php

Set List

Up to three sets, from 20 minutes to 3 hours with break, solid originals, covers only when required. Solo performances or band performances are available as the venue prefers.

For fire shows: appropriate length of performance including fire dancing or LED-Poi with recorded or live music, tailored to fit the venue. Indoor or outdoor shows available. All fire performers associated with Fire & Strings OR Skinny White Chick carry $2 million in liability insurance and do not perform without safety staff and safety equipment.