Dave Tucker is a singer-songwriter hailing from the northern suburbs of New Jersey, who has in more recent days found himself a sailor upon the open roads of America, seemingly struck by a case of wanderlust. His musical journey has led him to stages from coast to coast, leaving audiences wanting more, reminded of a young Jackson Browne meets Keller Williams.
Influenced at an early age, Dave would listen to his father play folk music to his wife and six children. He trained his musical ear while listening to many of his parents records including John Denver, Chuck Mangione, and Jim Croce.
Rock n Roll was not allowed in the Tucker household, so Dave had to devise stealthy maneuvers to obtain his musical fixes. Sneaking a listen to the radio in his basement, he would quickly change the station at the sound of an approaching parent. He had four older sisters, whom he would steal tapes from and listen to in private, or play in the car whilst truckin’ along to some or another religious function.
As his musical taste grew, he became influenced by Dave Matthews, Suzanne Vega, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix- a smattering of just about everything. He was a member of the bands Meet Me in Montauk and Tabboo Love, before delving into his own style and playing solo. Starting with covers in the New Brunswick college bar scene, Dave quickly turned to performing original songs in many surrounding towns.
He has achieved the always difficult task of creating his own sound, while paying homage to the musical greats that furnished the soundtrack of his childhood. Combining unquestionably inviting poetry with a breathless air on guitar, his music is truly unique. Accompanying Dave to every show is his “toybox”- a homemade menagerie of foot-switch operated recording pedals. This creates repetitive, rhythmic melody, and adds depth to the already detailed music.
Just listening provides a wealth of insight into his personal experiences, which he artistically weaves into his thoughtful ballads. Even more moving is to watch him perform, breathing life into the emotion he seems to portray in this album. This is especially evident in “Bring Back Love”, which he co-wrote with Wendy Waldman.
His latest venture has taken him far and wide, from the Hollywood Hills, to the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. His talents have also become known internationally, taking him as far as Sweden and Finland.
“Inductive Reasoning” is his progressive first album, and was produced by Rob Hoffman, who has worked with Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones. It is an open window to the soul of the man behind the music.
Dave currently holds a residency at Arctica Bar in New York City, where you can find him performing an array of covers as well as originals every Tuesday night.
Take a listen to Dave Tucker and his always satisfying words. He is well on his way to musical majesty.