Shane Tutmarc

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Shane Tutmarc
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Shane Tutmarc, 2007
Background information
Born (1981-09-25) September 25, 1981 (age 33)
Origin Born Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Resides Nashville, Tennessee U.S.
Genres Rock & roll
Alternative Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, Producer
Years active 1997–present
Associated acts Shane Tutmarc & the Traveling Mercies, United State of Electronica, Dolour.

Shane Tutmarc (born September 25, 1981) is an American musician. No Depression magazine described Tutmarc's music as " a sound where all the rules of alt. country (or anything usually tagged "Americana") are grinded down in a kaleidoscope of inventive, stylistic detours, with hints of surrealism."[1] Wanda Jackson called Tutmarc "one of my new favorite voices in rock and roll!”[2] Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes said, "Shane is someone I'm very proud to have played music with when we were both coming up in Seattle - he's got an amazing ear for melody and a restless spirit of invention.".[2]

Tutmarc is the great-grandson of Paul Tutmarc, who has been credited as the inventor of the electric bass [1]. His grandfather, Bud Tutmarc, was a well-known Hawaiian steel guitar player. Shane was the leader of Seattle band Dolour from 1997 to 2007. He has played in several other bands, including United State of Electronica and Shane Tutmarc & The Traveling Mercies. In June 2009, Tutmarc released his first solo album, Shouting At A Silent Sky. In January 2010, he re-located to Nashville, TN.[3] In early 2011, Tutmarc released the limited-edition EP So Hard to Make An Easy Getaway.[4]

Tutmarc's song "So Hard to Make An Easy Getaway" appeared in Lifetime Original Movie Girl Fight (starring Anne Heche) in 2011[5] which corresponded with the single being released on iTunes.[6] His song "Lost Myself Again" from Shouting At A Silent Sky (2009) was used in the "New York" episode of Anthony Bourdain's The Layover on The Travel Channel. "Lost Myself Again" was also used in ESPN's Bo Jackson documentary, 30 for 30: You Don't Know Bo, in 2012.

In early 2013, Tutmarc released a series of covers via digital outlets. [[7]]



  • "Waiting for a World War" (2001)
  • "Suburbiac" (2002)
  • "New Old Friends" (2004)
  • "The Years in the Wilderness" (2007)

Shane Tutmarc & The Traveling Mercies[edit]

  • "I'm Gonna Live the Life I Sing About In My Song" (2007)
  • "Hey Lazarus!" (2008)


  • "Shouting At A Silent Sky (2009)"
  • "So Hard To Make An Easy Getaway (EP)" (2011) **out of print**
  • "So Hard To Make An Easy Getaway (Single)" (2011)[6]
  • "Ride (Single)" (2013)
  • "Portions for Foxes (Single)" (2013)
  • "Aneurysm (Single)" (2013)


  • Patrick Kinsley - "Rattling the Cage" (2014) - produced, and performed many instruments, and vocal harmonies.
  • Star Anna - "Go to Hell" (2013) - co-writer, backing vocals and guitar on "Mean Kind of Love", and co-writer and backing vocals on "Let Me Be." [8]
  • Sirens Sister – "Unspeakable Things" (2009), vocal harmonies.
  • Gatsby's American Dream – "The Giant's Drink" from "Volcano" (2005), songwriting and vocals.
  • Sameer Shukla – "There's Only One Side Tonight" (2005), produced, and performed many instruments.
  • Crosstide – "Life As A Spectator" (2005), vocal harmonies.
  • U.S.E. – "s/t/" (2004), songwriting, bass guitar, and vocals.
  • Ian McGlynn – "Tomorrow's Taken" (2004), produced, and performed many instruments, and vocal harmonies.
  • Izabelle – "The Longest Wait" from "A Pleasant Fiction" (2005), vocal harmonies.
  • Bending Bus – Shane contributed lead vocals to "Interstellar Cattle Baron" from Bending Bus' EP (2002).


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