Tucker Finn

Tucker Finn

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

TUCKER FINN doesn't write songs, she embroiders them with rich and colorful patterns and textures. When combined with her youthfully fresh and conversational voice, they become three minute movies that you don't wanna miss!

Biography

Tucker Finn has gone by no fewer than four different names, including one she pulled out of a hat.

She’s known to the police as Catherine Doherty. That’s the name they find on her driver’s license when they pound on the back of her camper shelled pickup truck in the middle of the night somewhere on the road between Toronto and Nashville and find her inside on a mattress trying to get some sleep.

To anyone who’s seen The Jane Waynes on stage across Ontario and Quebec she’s Tucker Doherty, the singer of wrenching ballads with names like Break My Heart.

But check at the registry office and Tucker comes up Sharon Anne Meunier. That’s the name on her original birth certificate, the name her teen-age single mom gave her the same day she gave her up for adoption.

Tucker grew up with her adoptive family, the Dohertys, in Scarborough, Ontario and never sang a note. She wanted to be an animator, or graphic designer…or something, she wasn’t sure what. She ended up with both a degree in architecture and a career as a Hollywood set designer, spending much of 1995 in Mexico City and Vera Cruz drawing sets for Baz Luhrman’s Romeo and Juliet.

At the age of 24 Tucker started looking for her birth mom, a search that took three years and inspired her graphic novel Can of Worms (Fantagraphics Books). The title says it all. When she finally found them, Tucker discovered that her birth parents married after giving her up and had two more children. She also discovered that bio-mom and bio-dad had little room for her in their lives.

It’s no surprise that a lot of this shows up in Tucker’s songs. Her music is all about trying to make sense out of a world that usually seems to make no sense at all. “I see sad things in the windows of the shops some people keep,” she sings, “dusty treasures no longer treasured by no one.”

Tucker started writing her own songs and singing them while she was living in Los Angeles and working in film as Catherine Doherty. She bought a four-track recorder “and started to write some typically lame first songs.” She was too shy to play them for anybody or sing in public until she moved back to Toronto and teamed up with Lisa Silverman to form The Jane Waynes and record a successful independent album, Cowboy Songs. The two wanted Nashville-style stage names. Lisa became Travis. Catherine looked inside her cowboy hat, saw the model name, Tucker, and took that. Later she dumped the Doherty and went with Finn, feeling a bond with the conflicted Mark Twain character Huck Finn.

In 2004 Tucker left The Jane Waynes to pursue song writing full time. She now travels back and forth between Toronto and Nashville with her companion Maggie, a gimpy mut, sleeping in the truck to save on hotel bills. Both the truck and the dog are 10 years old and have seen better days. But Tucker Finn is just hitting her stride.

Tucker is currently gearing up to record her first full-length album to be released in the fall of 2007.

She blames nothing on her parents.

TUCKER FINN HIGHLIGHTS

CURRENTLY - Tucker's pre-release is finding it's way onto satellite radio across Canada. She receives daily emails from people who are hearing it in various parts of the country, in places where she has never played solo. The three songs, I've Been Doing Ok, It's Not Perfect Linda and She Can Want Me, can be downloaded for free at her site (www.tuckerfinn.com) or picked up in hard copy at any of her live shows. She encourages people to burn it for friends and email it around the world.

SEPT. 2006 - CIUT-89.5 fm (University of Toronto). Tucker's three song demo (Tucker Finn - Independent), produced by Thomm Jutz in Nashville, TN, held the #7 spot on the campus top 30 chart for the week ending Sept 19th, 2006. It was #14 the week before. Demos are not normally accepted but Ron Burd, Music Director, intrigued by the kraft paper and rubber stamped package, opened it up and gave it a spin. With 80 shows per week (with various producers) and 400 cd's to choose from in the booth, the number 7 spot is an impressive feat for a little pre-release !

OCT. 2006 - Tucker's song, Cowboy Song, was one of 17 tracks released on the Best of NSAI (Nashville Songwriter's Association) Song Evaluation Service and pitched to Nashville Publishers. There are hundreds of songs entered annually.

OCT 2006 - Tucker received an Ontario Arts Council Grant for Recording. (Popular Music Program)

OCT 2005 - Tucker gets the Nashville bug and makes her third trip down, this time, for the for NSAI Song Camp 301. Based on her song writing skills, she was selected to get up on stage at Douglas Corner and play, in the round, alongside Nashville pro-writers, Hugh Prestwood, James Dean Hicks, Tim Johnson, Angela Kaset, Rick Beresford, and Chuck Jones.

2004 - UNISONG Songwriting Competition, USA. Run by professional songwriters. Open to amateur and pros. Tucker's song, Cowboy Song, placed 4th in the Acoustic/Folk category for which there w

Lyrics

Cowboy Song

Written By: Tucker Finn

I never owned a horse and I never shot no one
But I’m a desperado on an ten speed bike.
I like to pedal through the city
when the streets are damp and dark.
My scattered thoughts become more solid late at night.

I see sad things in the windows of the shops some people keep.
Dusty treasures no longer treasured by no one.
Sometimes I feel like plastic Elvis, all my colors come undone
from years of standing in one place under the sun.

And “cowboy, cowboy”, Is the ragged heart of a drifter on the run.
And “cowboy, cowboy”…Is not what I wear or the place that I am from.

I never roped a calf nor been to rodeo
I grew up in a post-war bungalow.
And if you stop by there today, you see that nothing’s ever changed.
Be sure to tell my aging folks I say hello.

I eat some late-night fettucine at the Diplomatico.
I’m not hungry but I try to fill this hole.
I like to put my thoughts on napkins and see some faces that I know
and watch the party people’s party come and go.

And “cowboy, cowboy”, Is the ragged heart of a drifter on the run And “cowboy, cowboy”…Is not what I wear or the place that I am from

Copyright 2006, Tucker Finn (SOCAN)

I've Been Doing Ok

Written By: Tucker Finn

I stole stamps from work and I got myself fired
Where I once locked up my bike, there was now just a tire
I had a flu shot but I still got the flu
And at the opera, a pillar obstructed my view,

My friends are all married so they don’t come around
I need a lake full of beer where I can capsize and drown
My arms dislocated from paddling upstream
And what now seems unlikely had once been a dream.

Chorus:
And my get up and go, it just got up and went
and I know what I did but it’s not what I meant
Now I’m frittering God-given talents away
But other than that, I been doing OK..I been doing ok.

I failed at a get rich quick scheme that I hatched
I lent my Hank Williams records and they came back all scratched.
My sister’s concerned and she holds firm to her view
That it looks like I’ll never recover from you.

My Asthma flared up while just lying in bed
I reached for my puffer but my puffer was dead
Gasping for breath, all my lungpower drained
I reached for a word and that word was your name

Chorus:
And my get up and go, it just got up and went
and I know what I did but it’s not what I meant
Now I’m frittering God-given talents away
But Other than that, I been doing OK…I been doing...

Bridge:
Ok…I been doing ok
Despite the fact it might not seem that way…

Chorus:
And my get up and go, it just got up and went
and I know what I did but it’s not what I meant
Now I’m frittering God-given talents away
But other than that, I been doing OK…I been doing ok.

Copyright 2006, Tucker Finn (SOCAN)

It's Not Perfect, Linda

Written By: Tucker Finn

Day old wet clothes in the washing machine.
You’re burning the toast and then thinking ‘bout scraping it clean,
Scraping it clean.
Your making a list of dumb errands to run
To keep you from getting the really important things done,
Important things done.

Chorus:
It’s not perfect, Linda
There ain’t much you can do
Far from perfect, Linda
And that’s perfect for you.

A sleazy old diner whenever you please
Luke warm lentil soup is a friend to a greasy grilled cheese,
A greasy grilled cheese.
A desolate walk down La Brea and back
And the click in your step from an upended tiny thumbtack,
A tiny thumbtack

Chorus:
It’s not perfect, Linda
There ain’t much you can do
Far from perfect, Linda
And that’s perfect for you.

Bridge:
The Hollywood dreams that you courted and wooed.
The part of your jeans that the sidewalk has chewed.
A sorry old tea bag asleep on a spoon
And a Mills Brothers record with a permanent warp in it’s tune.

Chorus:
It’s not perfect, Linda
There ain’t much you can do
Far from perfect, Linda
And that’s perfect for you.

She Can Want Me

Written By: Tucker Finn

They say I'm a guy with a horse shoe where the sun doesn't shine.
'Cause if there's something I fancy I can usually make that thing mine. A hot rod, a hot dog, my name lit up on the marquee. I just snap my fingers and these things stroll right up to me.

But, girl, there's only one thing that I want and there's one thing I fret. It's that the one thing that I want so bad is the thing I can't get.

Chorus:
I want you, but you want him. And he wants her but I'm where her thoughts have been. Yeah, she wants me and the whole room knows it's true. Well, she can want me, baby, but I want you.

It seems that the road to true bliss is one step removed and, if I checked my rear view, my bad luck would surely improve. But I don't like the rose who likes me. I like the thorn bush who don't. And I don't want the angel who will I want the devil who won't.

Chorus:
I want you, but you want him. And he wants her but I'm where her thoughts have been. Yeah, she wants me and the whole room knows it's true. Well, she can want me, baby, but I want you.

Bridge:
Well she's a nice girl but she must have a couple screws loose if she thinks that I could, potentially, be of some use. And that's why...

Chorus:
I want you, but you want him. And he wants her but I'm where her thoughts have been. Yeah, she wants me and the whole room knows it's true. Well, she can want me, baby, but I want you.

Discography

Tucker Finn-Tucker Finn (Demo)-Independent-2006

Set List

Cold Paper Heart
I've Been Doin' OK
Cowboy Song
It's Not Perfect, Linda
Almost
One Way of Saying
Four In My Ever
If People Got Paid To Do Nothing
Song About Nashville
Don't Dream It's Over
She Can Want Me
Falling Asleep With My Clothes On Again
Using Lord Jesus
Spacecraft Mechanic