Sat, Aug 11 • 7:00PM
The Music Room
THE TUTEN BROTHERS
JESTER / HILL ELLIOTT
$8 IN ADVANCE / $10 DAY OF / $50 VIP TABLES
THE TUTEN BROTHERS
The Tuten Brothers is an up-and-coming country band from Athens, GA that seems to have a fire and a passion in its sound that country music hasn't seen in years. Inspired by classic country and rock 'n' roll, brothers Walker and Sam Tuten are the dynamic and energetic frontmen and songwriters of the group.
Hailing from Athens, Ga, the city most well-known as the home of chart-topping bands like R.E.M. and B-52s, The Tuten Brothers seem to be inspired by the legacy of their town. Known for their epic live show, they've already made a big splash in the Georgia music scene, headlining for packed houses at the iconic Georgia Theatre and opening for acts like The Dirty Guv'nahs and Drake White.
The band's debut single, "Southern Sunrise," which they recorded in a spare bedroom of their cousin's house in Athens, had a 10-week stint on 94.9 the Bull, Atlanta's largest country station. After the song's success, the band took to the studio to record an album in Nashville, TN with Alex Gilson of Gold Cassette Productions. Two of the songs from the EP, "Sarah" and "Why You Gotta," were also featured for 10-weeks on 94.9 the Bull.
Most recently, the brothers released singles "Hallelujah" and "Dancin' Boots." Their newest singles give a nod to Southern Rock and Gospel while staying true to the Brothers' roots in country music. With more music releases, shows, and festivals slated for the near future, 2018 looks to be an exciting time for The Tuten Brothers.
In an ever-changing and dynamic world, there is always a thirst for new content. There has been a clear transition from times when awkward moments were cherished to the present where there is almost always an escape or a distraction. "In a world that is, in a sense, teaching people to eject from personable experiences, I think it is important that music be the outlet where people feel understood", says Hill Elliott, an up-and-coming singer/songwriter from Atlanta, Ga.
However, despite the noise, Hill Elliott writes songs for himself and sucks people in with his simple tracking style. Hill puts it best when he says, "I have always been sucked in to the records that were simple. It is one thing for a song to be sonically there. But is a completely different entity when the lyricism can stand on their own two feet. The songs that people go to just to find peace for their emotionally chaotic and exhausting lives…those are the songs that I am chasing".
"I think that it is becoming harder and harder for me to stay silent in a world that is yearning for love” says Hill on the topic of writing songs. “Everyone has those songs that they go to when they are in the car on the way to the beach. The music in that last 30 minutes before arriving at your destination is one of my favorite things because it’s the songs that everyone knows the words to. Someone is bound to be air drumming to the Killers or Kings of Leon, while someone else is screaming the words with the closest microphone substitute in their hand. And it’s awesome. But as much as I have been captivated by big sounds and big instrumentation, there is something in the stripped-down basics of an acoustic guitar and a singer that has always captivated me as a listener”, says Hill in his humble Athens home holding his third cup of black tea.
“When someone can get up in front of people and just silence a crowd with quiet but calibrated words, I think that it is just as powerful of a moment as the big production. And I have always had a desire to be vulnerable as a means of inviting other people into saying ‘hey, if he is feeling and thinking this, then it must be okay that I am too’”, says Hill. “I have a desire to relate to people as a person and as an artist. I just hope people feel like the same way when they listen to my music.”