Los Angeles-based Americana singer-songwriter Dave Tucker stops by Montana's in Avon today. He's on a spring tour in support of his new album, "In Kind," out now and available on iTunes. When you meet Tucker, it doesn't take long to see that he's the salt of the earth. A carpenter by day, Tucker is a hard-working man who tells it like it is and believes whole-heartedly in the bartering system. His new album was produced by recording artist and multi-platinum songwriter Wendy Waldman in the new studio he built for her at her home in Los Angeles.
"Carpentry has very tangibly shaped my world of music, in that it has provided my entry into the actual creation of my album," Tucker said. "Born and raised in Union County, N. J., Tucker temporarily moved to Los Angeles in 2008 on a carpentry-music barter deal. It started with making an album with producer, songwriter and recording engineer Rob Hoffman (Quincy Jones, Christina Aguilera), and that soon led to light carpentry work for Waldman, followed by co-writes between Waldman and Tucker on his 2009 EP "Inductive Reasoning." In the spring of 2011, with a vision and only one floor plan, Tucker built Wendy Waldman's new studio, the Longhouse II, at her home in the San Fernando Valley in five months. It 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 Kind" was recorded in Longhouse II, produced by Waldman and released on Dec. 18. The album illustrates Tucker's all-encompassing, explorative nature by guiding the listener through traditional Americana, folk and roots, to pop-rock with a little country swagger, and then throws curveballs with a reggae beat and singer-songwriter ballad.