In Kind

by Dave Tucker

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about

“When I was 12, my mom’s brother played some blues guitar over in the
corner of the living room on my father’s prized ‘52 Martin O-18. I got that
funny feeling in my gut, that I would later learn is being turned on, and I had
to play it.” – Dave Tucker

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When you meet Dave Tucker, it doesn’t take long to see that he’s the salt of
the earth. A carpenter by day, Dave is a hard-working man who tells it like
it is. “If I ain’t sweatin’ then I haven’t worked,” he says, “and if I haven’t
worked, how can I justify the pay?” His homegrown pragmatism is also what
so appropriately makes him an Americana singer/songwriter. Dave Tucker
now prepares to release his fourth studio album, In Kind, on December 18,
2012. “In Kind is my statement of bartering for what I need,” and that’s
exactly how this album, produced by recording artist and multi-platinum
songwriter Wendy Waldman, came to be.

“Carpentry has very tangibly shaped my world of music,” says Dave, “in that
it has provided my entry into the actual creation of my album.” Born and
raised in Union County, New Jersey, Dave Tucker moved to Los Angeles in
2008 on a barter deal. He had refinished the front porch of Linda Hoffman,
mother to producer, songwriter and recording engineer Rob Hoffman (Quincy
Jones, Christina Aguilera) in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. She sent him to live with
her son Rob in LA saying, “You’re going to record with my son, and if you
don’t, I’ll pay you for it and take it out of his inheritance!” Rob and Wendy
Waldman were friends, so it was only a matter of time before Dave met
Wendy, and began building for her, too.

Dave and Wendy’s relationship began with some light carpentry work. When
it came time to figuring out what Wendy would give him in return, Dave,
truthfully knowing very little of Wendy’s career except for her Grammy
award-winning song “Save The Best For Last,” asked for them to write
together. Dave then recorded his EP Inductive Reasoning with Rob Hoffman,
featuring two co-writes with Wendy. In the spring of 2011, after he had gone
back to New Jersey, Dave was called upon once again by Wendy, this time to
build her a new recording studio.

With a vision and only one floor plan, Dave Tucker built the Longhouse
II studio at Wendy Waldman’s house in the San Fernando Valley in five
months. Built with Americana and folk music in mind, the studio allows for
multiple musicians to record at once while maintaining acoustic separation.
Longhouse II now acts as the home of the acclaimed public radio show
FolkScene, which has been on air for more than 40 years, and now on KPFK.

In Dave’s true bartering fashion, his incredible carpentry art was exchanged
for an equally valuable record, recorded at Longhouse II in the summer of
2012. Taking on the roles of both producer and mentor, Wendy Waldman
helped Dave to blend the lines between music and carpentry. They asked,

“What part of a song is the foundation, the windows, the floor, and so on?”
Dave soon learned that just as the guy who does the dry wall isn’t the same
guy who puts in the windows, he had to trust Wendy’s production and Rob
Hoffman’s mixing.

The approach to planning Dave Tucker’s fourth, upcoming album In Kind
was similar to the way he built Wendy Waldman’s studio, which had no real
blueprints. “I love music and care about it deeply, but I don’t take it so
seriously,” says Dave. “I don’t need to spend three years fighting over how
a guitar riff sounds best on my album.” It’s that attitude that allowed for
In Kind to be recorded in under a week and still be rich with raw, integral
passion. The album features Dave Tucker (acoustic guitar, vocals), Phil
Hurley (lead guitar), Tom Fillman (drums/percussion), and Ted Russell Kamp
(upright and electric basses). It was engineered by Mike Sawitzke, mixed by
Rob Hoffman and mastered by Sangwook “Sunny” Nam at the Mastering Lab
in Ojai, CA.

In Kind guides the listener through traditional Americana, folk and roots
(“Mountain of a Man”), to pop rock (“Cocoa Butter Baby”) with a little country
swagger (“Slidin’ Backwards”), then throws curveballs with a reggae beat
(“Arctica”) and singer/songwriter ballad (“Simple Kind of Love”). The all-
encompassing, explorative nature of Dave Tucker makes sense though,
considering he grew up in an extremely religious and socially conservative
family, which, for most of his youth, kept him from discovering music outside
of Peter, Paul and Mary. At age 17, Dave seized his musical freedom with a
driver’s license and car radio.

Although on the surface Dave Tucker’s father was a corporate insurance
man who banned MTV at home and shorts in the summer, he was always
fully aware of great music. A 1964 college graduate and musician himself,
he was a part of the generation that mingled with artists like Pete Seeger,
Josh White and Bob Dylan when they would perform on campus. Dave fondly
notes his now 70-year-old father, who taught him a C chord, as his first
musical influence: “I can still remember my dad singing his version of Jesse
Colin Youngs’ ‘Black Eyed Susan,’ which he had inserted my mother’s name
and eye color into: ‘Hey, pretty little brown eyed Nelie.’”

Time has allowed for such magical moments as track six on In Kind, the
reggae-driven “Arctica,” to be written by Dave and the man who once kicked
him out of the house for having dreadlocks – his father. While Dave admits
that growing up he felt like his parents were being “Christian meanies,” he is
grateful for both his ear and the old soul he was forced to develop as a music
enthusiast and songwriter. A lover of poetry who learned how to look for
substance in music because he had to justify it to his parents, Dave Tucker
is a man who will always choose, “Let’s go dancing in the harvest moon”
over “I wanna make love.” After all, it’s always the innuendos that make you
sweat.

credits

released December 18, 2012

1."Mountain of a Man" (3:00)
2."Cocoa Butter Baby" (4:01)
3."Simple Kind of Love" (4:23)
4."Sliding Backwards" (3:33) ➹
5."Arctica" (5:09) ➷
6."Whisper" (5:10)
7."So Far Away" (3:30) ➵
8.'P.S. I Kill You" (4:25) ↕
9."Turnin" (5:17) ➵
10. "Sing to Me" (4:10)
11. "Merely Men" (5:10)
12. "?" [Question Mark] (4:34)

Drums: Tom Fillman
Electric Guitars: Phil Hurley
Acoustic and Electric Basses: Ted Russell Kamp
Acoustic Guitar and vocals: Dave Tucker
Additional guitars and vocals: Wendy Waldman

Produced by: Wendy Waldman
Engineered by: Mike Sawitzke
Mixed by (additional engineering and guitar): Rob
Hoffman
All songs arranged by Dave Tucker & Wendy Waldman
All Words and Music by Dave Tucker except:
➹Dave Tucker & Abe Parker
➷Dave Tucker & Dave Tucker Sr.
↕ Dave Tucker & James Mullally
➵Dave Tucker & Ted Wulfers

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When you meet Americana singer/songwriter Dave Tucker, it doesn’t take long to see that he’s the salt of the earth. A carpenter by day, Dave is a hard-working man who tells it like it is and who believes whole-heartedly in the bartering system. On December 18, 2012, Dave will independently release his fourth studio album, In Kind. ... more

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Track Name: Mountain of a Man
Mountain of a Man Dave Tucker

Well I'm nitty I'm gritty
I'm a mountain of a man
I let my scars bleed
and yeah my truck needs at least a couple cans....
a' that heavy weight oil___

I have been waitin for so long_
Time must be singing my song__

Well Im crazy impulsive
no Im not a simple man
Im not foldin no Im holding
and I raise it every hand and chance I get
cause that's what I do

I have been waiting for so long
time must be singing my song
I have been waitin___ no more hesitatin
I have been waiting for so long

Bridge:
to get me to you
get me to you

shes a lady perfect saintly
got me howling at the moon
so I ask ya gotta have ya
do you think you'd take groom
a guy like me?

I have been waiting for so long
time must be singing my song
I have been waitin___ no more hesitatin
I have been waiting for so long
to get me to you
get me to you ________ repeat as outro?
Track Name: Cocoa Butter Baby
Cocoa Butter Baby Dave Tucker

When it gets hot in the summer time
the moon gets high, sets the town on fire
we all run down to that stomp and shout
and sing sing the night away

when it gets hot in the summer time
the moon gets high, sets the town on fire
we all get down at the stomp and shout
and dance dance the night away

spent all day where the street signs end
with my coco butter baby
my little sun tanned friend
now its time to celebrate and shout
(like moth to flame we dance X2)
like moth to flame we dance the night away____ yea____
Track Name: Simple Kind of Love
Simple Dave Tucker

Bent Knees hanging feet from the edge of her bed
I lie quietly watching the curve of her back
morning ritual now including me
can someone tell me please
(why I've never known x2)

Simple kind of love x3
what you and I got it's so simple

back beat dancing round the coffee table
spiced rum our bare feet we orbit closer
singing songs how we sing so well in harmony
can someone tell me please
(why I've never known x2)

Simple kind of love x3
what you and I got it's so simple

It might take years
some say it can take a lifetime
to get down that guard
and to think you and I we just stumbled into___

Simple kind of love x3
what you and I found it's so simple
Track Name: Sliding Backwards
Slidin Backwards _ Dave Tucker & Abe Parker

I've saddled up rode outta town more than my fair share
ain't no way to live a life but I don't seem to care
so let's all now be honest as you stand around and stare
I'm gettin outta town before that chill is in the air

Burnin second chances seems it's why I go
cause it's time to face your ends once you stare em toe to toe
I knew I had it coming cause it's always me to blame
Gettin outta town before I loose my own good name

loose my own good name ___ Must be slidin backwards x3

dirty little secrets things we'd never say
my chance at your forgiveness well I saw it wash away
and yeah this may be runnin and yer heart may turn to stone
no matter who surround you you'll find yourself alone...

find yourself alone _____ must be slidin backwards x3

guitar lick----> must be slidin backwards x3

standin on the edge of all
the things that I've been waitin on
watch me as I let it slip away
let it slip away....
Track Name: So Far Away
So Far Away Dave Tucker & Ted Wulfers

We were children with big ideas
eyes wide open all streaming through our ears
we had cans for kicking how we skinned our knees
snakes and ladders just rolling where we please
we were young___ Only just begun x2

Summer sprinklers how they slip away
out the back door we get lost along the way
we had tire-swings and tree forts reachin higher
topping branches lord wishin we could fly
we were young____ Only just begun x2

so far away no from where I'm from
so far away now from home
so far away now from where I've been
so far away now from home

marking time with our heights behind the door
sneak out slinking with bare toes upon floor
big wheels and cap guns Vinyl records spin around
I traded in my toys for guitars and making sound
we were so young_____ Only just begun x2
Track Name: Arctica
Arctica Dave Tucker & Dave Tucker

wanted men for a hazardous adventure
bitter cold and oh the darkness at the bottom of the world
no safe return your wages can't be squandered
bu honor and glory if by fate we do succeed

and were all in this together
no one makes it out alone
by endurance we will conquer
when we reach the shores of home

a day away almost to destination
the ice rose fast freezing to our hull
for 15 months we watched her slowly sinking
our leaders strength its sure to save us all

and were all in this together
no one makes it out alone
by endurance we will conquer
when we reach the shores of home

Our hopes were high in such a dire situation
its one in all and all for one clinging to the glory
but bigger still weve seen the naked soul of man
I will not rest until every sailor's safely home

and were all in this together
no one makes it out alone
by endurance we will conquer
when we reach the shores of home
Track Name: P.S. I Kill You
PSIKY Dave Tucker & James Mullally

Light a candle burn a chair
just choose some way to show you care
about that love thats burnin up inside

with wider brush you paint in sound
those heavy things that pull you down and swallow up the love light in your eyes

you're broken Im heartless
weve suffered through regardless
youre oil and Im water
just another tuesday slaughter
(ps I kill you.... X2)

hungry tired weary and weak
I stand before the pressed and neat
having walked the streets alone to find I am
you bend and break
you scream and shake
you know this was our last mistake and
baby this is the end...

youre broken Im heartless
weve suffered through regardless
youre oil and Im water
just another tuesday slaughter
(ps i kill you x2)

why bother why bother
constantly pursue each other x2

(chorus doubled...

ending:
light a candle
burn a chair
just choose some way to show you care
about that love that's burning up inside.
Track Name: Sing to Me
Sing to Me Dave Tucker

Head Strong and masked
this fight will soon pass
thoughts burn in your eyes
set aside your pride
and breathe____

This way or that?
I wait in the silence for the words you lack
shadow your lead
behind you and on through the dark
or will she____

sing to me her heart x2
opened with the melody of love
sing to me her heart

fragile and weak
try not to repeat
mistakes from our former loves
when will we get by these things
oh I hope she will____

sing to me her heart x2
opened with the melody of love
sing to me her heart

this time its different
this time it changes
this time I hope she will
this time I know she will

sing to me her heart x2
opened with the melody of love
sing to me her heart
Track Name: Turnin
Turnin Dave Tucker & Ted Wulfers

No hands above
she spins alone
tracing circles
with her slippered toes

she dances to the color of my sound
every time I sing I lay her down
the only time I play this ____ town
is when turnin comes around

turn turning turns around x3____

hidden away and high above
she bides her time
though wind-swept lovers come to play
how she slips away

she dances to the color of my sound
every time I sing I lay her down
the only time I play this ____ town
is when turnin comes around

2 turn turning turns around x3____

tag: the only time I play this ____ town
is when turnin comes around

solo: A ----->

turn turing turnin around x3

tag the only time I play this ragged town
(is when turnin comes around x3)






needs arranging...
Track Name: Whisper
Whisper Dave Tucker

Last night I had that other dream about you
the one in which you're always coming home
you come up from behind me
open arms you wrap around me
then you tip up on your toes
and you whisper in my ear
whisper in my ear
Well I found a way to get over send it on and pack it off
but still you haunt my bed at night and Im dying to get off
this trains it's been running circles round my noisy head
how I hate it so when you lean in close
and you whisper in my ear
so soft and near
whisper in my ear
I always held ya too damn dear
well 1:15 or 5 am it doesn't matter any more
I got no hook to hang my jeans on no more shoes upon your floor
my outstretched arm over empty bed as I lie awake at night
sure as hell knows whats missing and it knows it isn't right
your whisper in my ear
you roll in soft and near
held ya so damn dear
when you whispered in my ear

yeah ya hey no more
no no no no more
yea ya hey nor more
no non no no more

whisper in my ear
whisper in my ear
you know you were so damn dear to me
whisper in my ear ____X....?
Track Name: Merely Men
Merely Men Dave Tucker

Bring it back
Please me teach
Found then lost
oh but I failed to reach it
Gaunlet swings now I descend
And all my faults they rise up again

when comes the day ____
when comes the day I'm free

So we come to find again
that the sons of sons are merely men
and temptation lends in powered love
and so we've come to find again
that the sons of sons we are all but men
and the big wheel it turns round
and round and round and round and round again

Demons call hissing teeth
What darkness lies far underneath
Pass and fade those distant shores
My inocense was lost now how about yours?

when comes the day ____
when comes the day that I breathe free

and so we come to find again
that the sons of sons we are merely men
and temptation lends in powered love
and so we've come to find again
that the sons of sons we are all but men
and the big wheel it turns round
and round and round and round and round again
Track Name: ? (Question Mark)
? Dave Tucker

Love it seems no easy way for the joining up of hearts
were loneliness the dark of night you'd be my morning star

standin neath a question mark that curls up to the sky
had some time for pondering looking on the inside

hopin you'll come answer me
free me from what binds
hopin you'll come answer me
answer me in kind

reaching out a hand to be the bridge it formed so fast
from loneliness to happiness foundations sure to last

hopin you'll come answer me
free me from what binds
hopin you'll come answer me
answer me in kind

I know she'll come back around
searchin with those brightest eyes
who knows what might be found
hidden 'hind those eyes___

hopin you'll come answer me
free me from what binds
hopin you'll come answer me
answer me in kind