Texas based jazz singer Hailey Tuck will release her debut full length album Junk in May this year. Tuck performed a selection of tracks during a live showcase of the album at the perfectly appropriate Arts Club fitted with its classic stylings and vintage furnishings. Attired in a genuine one hundred year old black flapper dress embroidered with stunning gold detail and very much looking the part, Tuck brought a fascinating backstory to this debut as a Texan based in Paris and then moving to London. In her own words, Tuck’s new album, produced by Jazz legend Larry Klein (a connection brought about by Tuck quite literally landing on his doorstep), is a tale of the emotional baggage we all carry through life.
“With a sweet and subtle vibrato filled voice, Tuck infuses each arrangement with her Texas country roots.”
Tuck brings a demure innocence to the stage which only adds to her marvellous storytelling through the songs on the album. With a sweet and subtle vibrato filled voice, Tuck infuses each arrangement with her Texas country roots; rolling bass lines and some almost country organ floating through. Tuck’s sound comes as a refreshing taste when vocal jazz seems somewhat lost. Her stage presence between songs was far from innocent however, openly sharing stories of how this concept album came to life, what her Texan father thought of the title and expressing a genuine gratitude to all those who have supported her. There was something very organic about Tuck in both her performance and personality, something I hope is retained having just been signed by Sony Music in 2017.
From what was gleaned from her live performance, this is an album I’m very excited to hear in full. Whilst there are only two of her own songs on the album, the surprising covers of Joni Mitchell’s Cactus Tree alongside Tuck’s take on tracks from Leonard Cohen and Pulp don’t seem out of place. This is a marvellous tapestry of emotion, musicality and a genuine love for the genre. A full review of the album will follow upon release.
You can see Hailey Tuck perform tracks from Junk on May 15th at Rich Mix. Tickets available here: https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/music/hailey-tuck-support
Image: Sony Music/Hailey Tuck