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The Tumbleweed Troubadour

by JC Tubbs

Mesquite-flavored Americana. Rockin' Country Folk with humor and heart.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Sweet, Sweet Love
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2. Rattlesnake Road
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3. Still In Love With You
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4. The Very Last Train
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5. Lydia
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6. Tumbleweeds, Teardrops & You
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7. Rhythm of Your Words
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8. Double X Man (Carlton's Song)
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9. Feel Like Crying Tonight
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10. I Write Songs (The Curse)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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JC was born and raised in Buddy Holly's home town of Lubbock, Texas, but has lived in the Pacific Northwest for several years. His Texas roots now have a little moss attached.

JC thinks of his songs like tumbleweeds stuck in a barbed wire fence waiting for the wind to blow them free. The "Tumbleweed Troubadour" writes and sings mesquite-flavored americana, and is an energetic, fun-to-watch entertainer. He enjoys performing his rockin' country folk songs full of humor and heart.

JC is the former President of the Portland Songwriters Assoc., contributes articles to the PSA and other songwriting publications, and has won recognition from several major song contests.

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Eric Hester

JC Tubbs reminds us of what songwriting should be.
JC Tubbs reminds us of what songwriting should be. He transports us to the
places where his stories take place with a steady easy hand. The fact that
he hails from the same state as Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Mac
Davis is no coincidence. His songs have that same southwestern grit and
tequila sunrise quality. The midnight am radio signal from Oklahoma City
that I grew up on should of been playing JC Tubbs. Lucky for me I that I
know him. Lucky for all of us that he's writing!..............Eric Hester,
Performing Songwriter
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Andre Hagestedt The Oregonian A&e

Tumbling along with his country roots intact
With the aptly named debut release of "Tumbleweed Troubadour," Portland singer JC Tubbs has proved the adage "you can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy."

The fiftysomething Tubbs clings to his dusty, down-home roots like a tattered old hat. This Lubbock, Texas, native has brought his own brand of roots music to the Northwest, brandishing what he calls "Mesquite Flavored Americana." It's garnered him praise and awards from the Portland Songwriters Association.


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Tubbs gathered considerable local talent for this album, with drummer Carlton Jackson, bassist Phil Baker and saxophonist Trevor Rasmussen. The powerful pedal steel and tasty guitar work of Americana figurehead Paul Brainard helps round out the Old West effect.

But Tubbs himself seems the real-deal relic here, bringing to life visions of ghostly banjo players, old trains, booze-soaked roadhouses, double-crossing friends along desert roads and, of course, tumbleweeds. He accomplishes this lyrically as well as with an interesting affinity for impressionism in a voice that's somewhere between the boom of the late Waylon Jennings and the raspy quiver of Leonard Cohen.

The soft "Still in Love With You" brings the listener dead-center into a drunken state of post-breakup self-pity. The lilting "Tumbleweeds, Teardrops & You" has much the same effect but in a waltz with a gleeful sense of schmaltz that would've been right at home at the Grand Ole Opry of the '60s.

On "The Very Last Train," Tubbs' acoustic guitar cleverly imitates a train ambling down the tracks. His voice takes on a worn, crusty quality, singing mournfully about an array of archetypes who once hopped train cars. On other selections, Tubbs brings anger to the genre; at other times, he toys with humor or slightly exotic rhythms, moseying away from the Old West for a bit.

Mostly, Tubbs is an American archetype himself, one of the last bastions of the old country music genre that ruled the radio waves before it got watered down by so-called "new country" like a bucket brigade on a barn fire.

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