The Softer Side of Vince Tuckwood

His song, “While Rome Burns,” may not reflect Vince Tuckwood‘s softest side, and its message is anything but assuaging.

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.

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