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"Halfway to Daylight Review"

Something wonderful is going on in Canada. The country has become a locus of great indie folk and Americana. Given and Taken in Ink has previously covered emerging Canadian singer/songwriters like Joshua Hyslop and Zaac Pick, as well as bands like the august arrival.

Tucker Green is a promising young songwriter who released his debut album Halfway to Daylight in 2010. According to Green, the album's title was "the only way I could sum up the emotions and process that were involved in the record. This record, to me, is really a coming of age."

The album opens with the rousing one-two punch of "Someday You'll See" and "Choose Your Way." A coming-of-age tale that is both wistful and motivational, "Someday You'll See" a great example of Green's songwriting aesthetic. There's an overarching theme in his lyrics of growing up and overcoming life's obstacles. These are not stories of submission to despair; Green's characters have seen adversity and surmounted them - or at least recognized the value in actually making the attempt.

"I wrote [Halfway to Daylight] as a reflection of growing up and realizing that not everything is going to turn out the way that I thought it would," Green told me. "But in a lot of ways, that makes it better."

Green cites influences including Ryan Adams, Pete Yorn, and Kathleen Edwards. Indeed, fans of Adams' recent Ashes & Fire [2011] should enjoy songs like "Time," with its slide guitar and delicate percussion, while Yorn's upbeat pop/rock can be heard on one of the album's highlights, "Sand & Stone."

Having recently completed his "Home to Home" tour, playing a road trip of shows from his hometown of Langley, BC to his new home in Toronto, Green has been working on new material for potential release this summer. Still, he expects to continue touring extensively. " I think it's important for independent musicians to be on the road and to be in front of people. Although it's not quite as glamorous as some think, it is really rewarding."
- Given and Taken in Ink


"Halfway to Daylight Review"

Something wonderful is going on in Canada. The country has become a locus of great indie folk and Americana. Given and Taken in Ink has previously covered emerging Canadian singer/songwriters like Joshua Hyslop and Zaac Pick, as well as bands like the august arrival.

Tucker Green is a promising young songwriter who released his debut album Halfway to Daylight in 2010. According to Green, the album's title was "the only way I could sum up the emotions and process that were involved in the record. This record, to me, is really a coming of age."

The album opens with the rousing one-two punch of "Someday You'll See" and "Choose Your Way." A coming-of-age tale that is both wistful and motivational, "Someday You'll See" a great example of Green's songwriting aesthetic. There's an overarching theme in his lyrics of growing up and overcoming life's obstacles. These are not stories of submission to despair; Green's characters have seen adversity and surmounted them - or at least recognized the value in actually making the attempt.

"I wrote [Halfway to Daylight] as a reflection of growing up and realizing that not everything is going to turn out the way that I thought it would," Green told me. "But in a lot of ways, that makes it better."

Green cites influences including Ryan Adams, Pete Yorn, and Kathleen Edwards. Indeed, fans of Adams' recent Ashes & Fire [2011] should enjoy songs like "Time," with its slide guitar and delicate percussion, while Yorn's upbeat pop/rock can be heard on one of the album's highlights, "Sand & Stone."

Having recently completed his "Home to Home" tour, playing a road trip of shows from his hometown of Langley, BC to his new home in Toronto, Green has been working on new material for potential release this summer. Still, he expects to continue touring extensively. " I think it's important for independent musicians to be on the road and to be in front of people. Although it's not quite as glamorous as some think, it is really rewarding."
- Given and Taken in Ink


"Story Teller Has a Tale to Tell in Song"

The art of telling a story is as old as the human race. From the moment we were given life, we began to tell a story.

And for Murrayville's Tucker Green, storytelling is as important as it gets.

"I work towards great storytelling," he said. "It's important. It's how history is passed on."

The 25-year-old draws inspiration from singers such as Ryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen to create his own take of Americana, describing it as nostalgic and "moody."...

- The Langley Advance


"Set for an Ultimate End of Summer Concert"

For the second time in as many weeks, we're bringing up the name of Langley's own Zaac Pick.

A few editions back, we told you about him winning the Sounds of Summer song search by SHORE 104.

Now, if that notice tweaked your interest and desire to see this local singer and songwriter in person, next week is your chance.

He's joining Murrayville's own Tucker Green for his CD release party at Willoughby Hall on Thursday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m.

The CD, Halfway to Daylight, arrived last month and according to Green is being "extremely well received" and getting him some media attention in the cities on his upcoming Canadian tour. The tour itself - which kicks off next month - will include stops in Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto to promote his new album.

The record combines the classic sounds of Americana, inspired by people like Bruce Springsteen, with popular roots-rock melodies.

In the meantime, check out his release party. The show will feature a full band, and will also include an intro set by Pick, whom Green worked with on past projects.

Tickets are available in advance for $12 at Long & McQuade in Willowbrook, and the Watershed Cafe in Walnut Grove, or at the door for $15.

- Langley Advance Newspaper


"Set for an Ultimate End of Summer Concert"

For the second time in as many weeks, we're bringing up the name of Langley's own Zaac Pick.

A few editions back, we told you about him winning the Sounds of Summer song search by SHORE 104.

Now, if that notice tweaked your interest and desire to see this local singer and songwriter in person, next week is your chance.

He's joining Murrayville's own Tucker Green for his CD release party at Willoughby Hall on Thursday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m.

The CD, Halfway to Daylight, arrived last month and according to Green is being "extremely well received" and getting him some media attention in the cities on his upcoming Canadian tour. The tour itself - which kicks off next month - will include stops in Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto to promote his new album.

The record combines the classic sounds of Americana, inspired by people like Bruce Springsteen, with popular roots-rock melodies.

In the meantime, check out his release party. The show will feature a full band, and will also include an intro set by Pick, whom Green worked with on past projects.

Tickets are available in advance for $12 at Long & McQuade in Willowbrook, and the Watershed Cafe in Walnut Grove, or at the door for $15.

- Langley Advance Newspaper


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

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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.

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