Kate Tucker is a Nashville-based songwriter, singer and producer. She fronts Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden and is also one half of the pop duo Little Reader. Tucker’s solo work ventures from shimmering indie pop to explore deeper shades of rock, reflecting early Stones, The Velvet Underground and Courtney Barnett, with occasional forays into a land inhabited by Cat Power, Mazzy Star and David Lynch.
Growing up in a family of truck drivers, Tucker became acquainted with the American road from an early age. A sense of place, space, home, and the vast unknown has come to inform her work in both mood and lyric. Perhaps this frequent travel set in motion what would become her musical history, cutting her teeth in Akron rock clubs, flying across the pond to busk in the streets of Paris, setting off for Seattle to start a band, only to move on again to NYC and end up in Nashville, Tennessee.
In the midst of this, she’s built a strong catalog of work and garnered a devoted fan base grassroots style, releasing everything on her own independent label, Red Valise Recordings. Her songs have charted both college and commercial radio and landed spots on numerous TV shows, feature films, and compilations.
After touring the US with Sons of Sweden for The Shape The Color The Feel visual album, Tucker returned to the studio, this time for Little Reader, a sunny pop project with Broken West (Merge Records) singer Ross Flournoy. Their new album, The Big Score, came out this summer.
2017 has been a big year with the completion of a new Kate Tucker record, Practical Sadness, due out in early 2018 along with The Shape The Color The Feel documentary. The film follows the creative community that emerged around what Huffington Post called an “admirably ambitious” Kickstarter led by Tucker to record and release a full length album on vinyl, with thirteen music video and three short films.
Hear a preview track from Practical Sadness on Rough Trade’s “A Song a Day Takes the Pain Away.” The full length is set for a winter 2018 release.