Tucker Green

Tucker Green

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandAmericanaCountry

Tucker Green is a dusty kind of familiar. His new record 'Halfway to Daylight' takes the old country sounds of lap steels and banjos and combines them with Americana guitar riffs to form an updated style of feel good rock. Green’s timeless sound centers around the value of a well-written song.

Biography

There are days where all you want is to hear is a well-written song. Toronto-based songwriter Tucker Green is the embodiment of that craving, thriving on carefully crafted, but beautifully executed, storytelling that walks the fine line between country and Americana.

Green has been writing songs for 13 years, but in 2008, he left a stable job with a steady pay cheque to take the risk and actually pursue music. He made songwriting and putting funds together to record his full-time job and got into the studio as soon as he could to create Halfway to Daylight, Green’s first full-length album. The project was produced by well-respected West coast producer Jonathan Anderson (Stabilo, Aiden Knight), mastered by Ed Brooks (Death Cab for Cutie, Cat Power) and became a coming of age story both in the album’s theme and for Green’s career.

The record is a long overdue reflection of Green’s growing résumé in the music industry. His credits include co-writing two songs on the independently released film Sharp As Marbles and touring Canada and the United States both as a session player and a solo artist. Green’s time in the studio has been split between working on his own music and producing and co-writing with other artists such as Andrew Marcus and Krystle Aspenlind.

Green writes satisfying tunes, evoking a sense of nostalgia by way of familiarity without staleness. He introduces you to characters you recognize and are instantly invested in. You feel moments of concern in their struggles and relief in their successes. Songs like “Senior Year” compel you to open up your sunroof and let the summer hit you, while “All or Nothing” allows subtle string arrangements to carry you through its relaxing melodies.

Since Halfway to Daylight’s release in the summer of 2010, Green has driven over 40,000 kilometres, promoting the album by playing shows in houses, cafés, bars, and halls, connecting with local radio and press. The response to the recordhas been overwhelmingly positive after the long haul he made to write and record it.

Green’s literal hard work when it comes to pursuing a career in music shows up in his songs and to his benefit. Fans connect with his story because it is based in real life and ideas that transfer into anyone’s story. “The only way to do a music career is to be hardworking,” said Green. “It ‘s difficult to write about trying to escape a small town when you’re not actually doing it. People pick up on insincerity.”

So that’s what he did. Green left his hometown of Langley, BC and drove out to Toronto. The road trip with shows along the way was titled the “Home to Home” tour and included stops in Calgary, Winnipeg, and Thunder Bay before setting up shop in his new home city.

Tucker Green will continue to bring his dusty Americana songs with him as he gains a following in Toronto through performing in as many live venues as he can get his hands on.

Lyrics

Senior Year

Written By: Tucker Green

It was the summer after senior year
I bought a van and disappeared
Across the prairies of Canada
Into the states of America

It was the fourth of July Fireworks
That filled the sky and shook the earth
As I crossed the border I crossed the line
I crossed out into the other side
So many miles from where I called home
But I needed space and time on my own

As the evening air poured in through the sunroof
I armed myself with promises of finding something new

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I Know, I'm always chasing after something more
And never seem to figure out what for
It's taken all this time to see
That every bridge I've crossed I've gone and burned it to the floor

I slept in bus stops and parking lots
Drove for miles and I didn't stop
I spent my money sold my guitar
It didn't take too long to not get too far
The summer skies turned grey all to soon

As the Mississippi's fading out of view
Everything I find reminds me more and more of you

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I know, I'm always chasing after something more
And never seem to figure out what for
It's taken all this time to see
That every bridge I've crossed I've gone and burned it to the floor
Won't you please
Hear me out I'm living on my knees
I've been running out on everything I need
Its taken all this time it's true
But every highway sign and line is pointing me to you
And Im just wanting to go home

Someday You'll See

Written By: Tucker Green

I was still young when I took a look around no I didn't have a doubt
Standing on the corner of Fourth and Georgia I could watch them all burn out
'Cause all the boys in this town ride the same train down and its coming right off the tracks
So I packed up all my things and I said goodbye I knew I was never coming back

Said someday youll see my face in the magazines

So I found myself a job pushing lumber through a saw seven days a week
An apartment in the city where the streets aren't pretty and the peace was hard to keep
No one understood what I meant when I said that I was just passing through
There were bigger things to see, bigger things for me to do there was so much left to prove

Said someday you'll understand just what I mean

So I knocked on every door and every studio wall, for whoever would listen to me
Played my guitar in the favorite bars but man it don't come free
Every door slammed closed on every road I had known I thought it wasn't meant to be
I was barely getting by through the days and the nights and the lonely company

Then the work dried up and the money was gone
Had nothing left to spend no words for a song
So I called up mama 'cause she knew just what to say

She said son youll never make it if you give up now
and you can't come back to this dead end town
Nothing worth having ever comes easily

Said someday you're gonna be
someday you're gonna be
someday you're gonna be so proud of me

So I wrote another song about a girl I had known and all the places that we'd seen
Everybody sang along and then the studio called and the rest is history
It's funny how life is full of the things that are never what they seem
But when my moment had arrived I had learned to survive through the long hard misery

I knew someday you're gonna be
someday you're gonna be
someday you're gonna be so proud of me

Time

Written By: Tucker Green

It's in the way, you won't get up til I do
It's in the way, the wind blows your hair when we're driving

Let's take it slowly and let the days come as they may
I know it's not easy, but darling there's nothing to prove

CH
We've got time, nothing but time
We've got time, nothing but time

It's in the way, your hair shades your face in the morning
It's in the way, your eyes light the skies without warning

Let's take it slowly and let the days come as they may
I know it's not easy, but darling there's nothing to prove

CH
We've got time, nothing but time
We've got time, nothing but time, time, time
We've got time, nothing but time
We've got time, nothing but time

Sand & Stone

Written By: Tucker Green

I'll give you heart and give you soul
Im giving up the things I can't control to you
All this time I've worked so hard
But it's been bending, breaking from the start
I know its true

'Cause I can't understand the weight of all the plans you've made
So I won't ask for the answers

CH
If all my efforts turn to sand and stone and wash up on
The shores that you walk along, then there's nothing more
Nothing more I'd ask my dearest friend
Cause all of this is worth it's weight in gold

I won't pretend won't hesitate
I gave it all now all that's left is faith
In you
The counterfeits have come and gone
But you've been watching, working all along
I know it's true

CH
If all my efforts turn to sand and stone and wash up on
The shores that you walk along then there's nothing more
Nothing more I'd ask my dearest friend
Cause all of this is worth it's weight in gold

Im singing it out singing it out
Ya Im singing it out, sing, sing it out
Im singing it out for you

Im singing it out singing it out
Ya Im singing it out, sing, sing it out
Im singing it out for you

Discography

The Demos - May 2007

Adeline - Single - December 2009
- Featured on CBC Radio 1

Halfway to Daylight - July 2010
- Someday You'll See, first single on radio and online streaming

Set List

45 Minute Set

Sand and Stone
Senior Year
Choose Your Way
In Too Deep
Landslide (Cover)
Light of Day
All or Nothing
Time
Someday You'll See

* Set length can be adjusted based on needs of the event *