Local artist of the week Kate Tucker is a Nashville-based songwriter, singer and guitarist. 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 Daughter, Cat Power and Mazzy Star with occasional forays into a land inhabited by the Patti Smith, The Velvet Underground and David Lynch. Tucker’s new solo LP Practical Sadness is out April 6. Pre-order the album on vinyl, CD and more through PledgeMusic. Listen to her lead single “In Your Arms” below and all week long on Lightning 100.
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 continues to inform her work in both mood and lyric. Perhaps this frequent travel set in motion what would become her own musical journey, cutting her teeth in Akron rock clubs, moving to France to busk in the streets of Paris, setting off for Seattle to start a band, only to hit the road again for NYC to finally land 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.