Upstairs, All Ages
DOORS: 8:30 PM // SHOW: 9:00 PM
Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge
Wednesday October 16, 2019
Rosie Tucker’s songs are worlds unto themselves. They start in conversation with an immediate environment: small, detailed, characters and landscapes drawn vividly, with life and wit. Only as they progress do they reveal bigger themes.
"For example, the song ‘Gay Bar’ is about having a good time at a cowboy gay bar in the Valley,” says the Los Angeles-based Tucker, 24, who uses they/them pronouns. “But the sample I used to create the sound at the end was a quote from an old interview Dusty Springfield gave to Gay News in 1970. Her refusal to label her own sexuality just about destroyed her career, though nothing she said would strike anyone as particularly edgy by today's terms, I think."
Starting with “Gay Bar” and throughout their new album “Never Not Never Not Never Not,” out March 8, 2019, Tucker’s songs talk with and echo queer, blacklisted, and forgotten female songwriters of the 1960s: Springfield, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sibylle Baier, Norma Tanega, Karen Dalton. Like them, Tucker uses emotionally rich images of the world, and while the lyrics have political implications, politics are not the first concern of the songs.
“I’m a big fan of musical eccentrics,” Tucker says. “The spontaneous approach to music that Erik Satie took: he only ate eggs for a long time. He bought seven velvet suits and tried to start a religion. He composed music toiling in obscurity.
“I like art that happens when people toil in obscurity, although I guess that's not my goal right now.”