But Tuckwood’s lyrics make you think, even as his voice, at times raw, at times, gentle, soothes.
“Have you asked the question/ Of how you’re making the world any better?” he sings.
Vince, a native of Watford, England, just outside the River Thames, joins me at Acoustic Originals Friday night, June 29, from 5-7 p.m. at Captain’s Pizza, 8 Bank St., New London.
I had the pleasure of playing with Vince at The Sinner’s Circle, a songwriter’s performance in the round, last fall. I asked Vince about his influences. Besides listing everyone from Radiohead to Lyle Lovett to Godspeed You Black Emperor, this is what he had to say:
“I’m influenced by any and all music, and have eclectic tastes. One of my main criticisms of music in the US is the categorization of music – largely by sales units/radio play – where’s the melting pot?”
Well, you will find a melting pot when you come hear him Friday. He covers the Rivergod‘s hit, “Signs,” and performs his own material with a mixture of finesse and passion. Whether he’s playing his Martin HD-28 workhorse acoustic, his strat or his Les Paul, he’s got the goods, and I don’t mean just stringed instruments.