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Gavin Tucker and the .45 District

Gavin Tucker is a songwriter not afraid to clearly depict his personal life and experiences in word, music, and emotion providing his listeners with meaningful songs that they are able to easily relate to and connect with. Taking his time blending old outlaw country inspired lyrical styling with americana country infused with 90’s rock influences, Gavin makes sure true emotion and passion are the baseline and driving force behind his music.

Whether performing with his band, The .45 District, or solo; Gavin’s music is instantly recognizable and memorable. The eerie and iconic sound of his acoustic guitar backing the guttural passion in his voice captivates audiences of all ages.

The hill country of New Braunfels outside of Austin and the heart of the Texas music scene is where Gavin Tucker was raised. Brought up listening to and admiring the “bad boys” of country, Hank Williams Sr, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings laid the roots and groundwork for him as an artist. As a young boy he began writing short stories and poetry learning to capture experiences, emotions, and imagination in words. His influential teenage years timely landing during the boom of the “Grunge” era, he was completely fascinated and obsessed with its raw and unpolished sound and the energy and emotion it captivated. These pivotal moments in Gavin’s life shapes the music he creates today.

At 15 Gavin announced to his family he wanted to be a songwriter. It was not taken with much enthusiasm and even less nurture. He continued to teach himself how to play the guitar, with an old six string of his father’s that he strung upside down and some old books from the 70’s he had found at the bottom of an old chest, for another year before his parents decided to invest into an instrument that was at least oriented correctly. Nestled next to an old “boombox” from the 80’s in his bedroom floor he spent hours trying to figure out how to recreate the melodies and saturated sounds coming from the speakers with what lay in his hands and his voice. When Gavin was 17 his father told him a story he had heard of a professional singer being told that his voice was too high and that had gone into the woods to scream until he had lost his voice. When the vocal cords had healed he was blessed with a new deeper sound. Being a 17 year old and sounding like most other 17 year olds, Gavin decided that if he wanted to stand out something needed to change so he walked deep into the woods behind his home and proceeded to replicate the story. After weeks of throat spray and lozenges, his vocal chords slowly healed. It was not the magical transformation from the story. Though it did deepen his voice significantly, it also added a very pronounced rasp that that was nearly impossible to control or so he thought at the time. After a decade of writing and performing music in genres more accepting of his new voice and countless life experiences (from being homeless to joining the military to living in several foreign countries) Gavin decided at 30 it was time to stop, reflect and rediscover.

During this time of rediscovery he decided it was time to get back to his roots. Back to who he truly is and what he truly enjoys despite what is considered commercially acceptable. Over the next 10 years he slowly learned to control the unrelenting rasp in his voice and develop a musical sound around it. Sticking close to his Texas roots and his songwriting heroes of country whilst also incorporating the raw emotion and unpolished vigor of the 90’s rock era that captivated him as a teenager, his creation has inadvertently placed him out in the fringes of what is accepted as country music today and into that limboid place in the music industry his own heroes found themselves so many decades before. The realm they termed nearly a half century ago as “Outlaw Country”.