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Happy New Year, everyone ! Wishing you peace & simple pleasures.....
I can't believe May is almost done .... Last month was so much fun, with stops in San Francisco, Laguna Beach & Santa Ynez wine country ...... I just booked a couple of great gigs in Malibu & Ojai, which I'm really looking forward to.... I'm preparing songs for a busy week of 7 gigs... I'm playing for the 2nd graders at Welby Way Elementary School on Wednesday, followed by 2 "Happy Hour" gigs in Simi Valley on Thursday & Friday, possibly a Friday morning gig in Long Beach, followed by a private event at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito on Saturday, and a winery event near Santa Ynez on Sunday. On Memorial Day Monday, I'm playing a private event in Pasadena... Gearing up for a very busy schedule this Summer, mostly close to home, from Santa Barbara to Malibu Canyon & Woodland Hills.... Later this year, I'll be writing & recording all the music for a new feature film, so I'm reading the script now .... I love my job.
Please take a look around..... You'll hear a few recent music tracks on each of these pages, accessible through the orange "tabs" above..... You'll also see a current song list, recent client reviews & and lots of useful information related to my musical activities.
I think there's a bear on the couch...
I'm a vocalist & guitarist, based in Southern California - I'm proud to be an official Taylor Guitars artist & to play Taylor guitars at every performance & recording session. I've been fortunate to play with members of some of the biggest bands in the world, played hundreds of gigs at the very best venues, toured several countries, had many great musical adventures. I play acoustic & electric guitars & ukulele. I've written music for Sony & AudioSource, documentary & independent films, TV commercials, even a series of films produced for the California school systems, based on John Steinbeck's short stories.
I was born in Akron, Ohio, although I've lived in California for
most of my life. I married the beautiful girl next door, and we're the
proud parents of a fine son, who's much smarter and better looking than
his old man.... I'm thankful for my loving family and my circle of good
friends. I'm also thankful to be making music. It
gives us joy & heals our pain ...
2013 is booking up quickly. I have dozens of private & corporate events scheduled in Malibu, Laguna Beach, Santa Barbara, Las Vegas, Hanalei Bay in Kauai, San Francisco, Park City Utah, Tucson Arizona & Wineries up & down the California coast, so it looks like I'll be a busy troubadour this year... It's a shame, at this point, I'm having to turn down at least half of the gigs I'm offered because I'm already booked.
Music is an important element for any event, and it's not an easy decision to make - When it's right, you'll know it. When you've decided to have me to play for your event, please complete the booking process ASAP. My schedule changes daily & I'm receiving multiple inquiries for weekend dates thru October 2013. My "upcoming gigs" page only shows the confirmed bookings.
No fun allowed... well, maybe a little... Out standing in somebody's
field...... outside of San Luis Obispo - Nov. 2012
In 2011 & 2012, I played nearly 300 solo events for audiences ranging from 2 people to over 1000 people, playing acoustic versions of the finest songs from the last 40 years, from The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Maroon 5 & Dave Matthews to The Beatles, Van Morrison, James Taylor & The Eagles to The Police, Tom Petty, U2, & Bruce Springsteen. I'm learning current songs every day. My 500+ songlist also includes hundreds of contemporary Country songs from The Zac Brown Band, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts & many others.
I've met the most wonderful people, & helped my clients to celebrate every conceivable occasion, from an intimate private wedding or Birthday party to a corporate event for 1000 guests. Depending on the musical preferences of my clients, I can cover a lot of diverse musical territory. If the event has a wide mix of age groups, I'll play music from the 1960's to 2013. Sometimes the evening is all brand new songs, sometimes it's 70's & 80's music, depending on the event's purpose & who's attending... I encourage my clients to "cherry-pick" my song list, and suggest new songs for me to learn.
Although I'm based near Los Angeles, my work often involves travel - Planes, trains & automobiles are no problem for me. I try to keep my travel costs as reasonable as possible. Let's discuss your event, I'm sure we can work together.
2012 had so many highlights, from Hanalei Bay in Kauai to Vancouver, The Del Coronado in San Diego to Vineyards in Sonoma Valley, Las Vegas to Montecito, Laguna Beach to Malibu, each event is different & requires a specific musical mix...
The simple magic of someone's favorite song, at exactly the right moment, is why I do what I do....
During the last 18 months, I've played at the following venues, and for the following companies...
San Ysidro Ranch - Montecito ( Preferred Vendor ) - Corporate & Private Events
Biltmore/Four Seasons - Santa Barbara, CA (Preferred Vendor) - Corporate & Private Events
Ventana Inn - Big Sur ( Preferred Vendor )
Monarch Bay Club/St. Regis Monarch Resort - Dana Point, CA ( Preferred Vendor ) - Guest Events
Sherwood Country Club - Westlake, CA (Preferred Vendor) - Tiger Woods Golf Tournament & Patek-Phillipe
Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Beverly Hills Hotel - The Polo Lounge
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn - Sonoma, CA (Preferred Vendor)
Carmel Valley Ranch - Carmel, CA (Preferred Vendor)
Peninsula Hotel - Beverly Hills (Preferred Vendor)
Pebble Beach Resort - Carmel, CA
Staples Center - Los Angeles - Corporate Events
Cavallo Point Resort - Sausalito, CA
Ritz-Carlton - Dana Point, CA
Bacara Resort - Santa Barbara, CA
Four Seasons Hotel - Westlake Village
St. Regis Resort - Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii
Hammersky Winery - Paso Robles
Los Angeles Convention Center - Corporate Events
Claxton Vineyards - Santa Ynez
Langham Hotel & Spa - Pasadena, CA
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa - Ojai, CA
Santa Ynez Inn - Santa Ynez
Stratosphere Hotel - Las Vegas
Pelican Hill Resort - Laguna Beach, CA (Preferred Vendor) - Guest & Corporate Events
Marriott Starpass Resort - Tucson, AZ
Westlake Village Inn - Westlake, CA ( Preferred Vendor )
Culinary Institute Of America "Greystone" - St. Helena, CA (Preferred Vendor)
Twin Peaks Ranch, Ojai, CA ( Preferred Vendor )
Cinnabar Hills Golf Club, San Jose (Preferred Vendor)
La Cumbre Country Club - Santa Barbara, CA - Private Event
Balboa Yacht Club - Balboa, CA - (Preferred vendor) Opening Day 2011 & member events
Calamigos Ranch - Malibu Canyon, CA (Preferred Vendor)
Doubletree Resort - Santa Barbara - corporate events & weddings
L'Incontro Trattoria - New York City - Birthday
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel - Corporate Casino night
Cartier - Corporate Event
Carnero's Winery - Sonoma, CA
Kunde Winery - Sonoma, CA (Preferred Vendor)
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, CA - Corporate Events
Patek Philippe - Corporate Events @ Pelican Hill, Ritz-Carlton & Sherwood Country Club
Cornell Winery - Malibu Canyon - New Years Eve 2011 & Private Events
King Gillette Ranch - Malibu Canyon, CA
Dos Pueblos Rancho - Santa Barbara - wedding
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - corporate event
Channel Islands Harbor - gourmet wine & food event
Santa Barbara Courthouse - wedding
IBM - corporate event
JW Marriott Resort - Las Vegas - corporate event
Wood's Cove - Laguna Beach - beach wedding
Santa Barbara Zoo - wedding
Amgen - corporate events
Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain - Tucson, AZ
Hacienda Del Sol - Tucson, AZ
Warner Brothers Studios - Studio party
Sunset/Gower Studios - Anniversary party
Sunstone Winery - Santa Ynez - corporate event
Eagle Castle Winery - Paso Robles - wedding
Saddleback Ranch - Malibu - wedding
Squaw Valley - Lake Tahoe - wedding
Channel Cat Catamaran - Santa Barbara - Dream Foundation events
Firestone Winery - Los Olivos - corporate events & weddings
Granada Theater - Santa Barbara - Concerts & fund-raising events
Loew's Santa Monica Beach Hotel - Hotel lounge
Sagebrush Cantina - Calabasas - Legendary Roadhouse...
Fiamme' - Westlake Village - Nightclub, restaurant
The Beachcomber - Malibu Pier - restaurant/bar
The Sunset Restaurant - Zuma Beach - beach wedding
Ocean View Villas - San Diego - wedding
Rancho Del Cielo - Malibu - wedding
Mastro's Ocean Club - Laguna Beach - reception
Zuma Beach - beach wedding
Manhattan Beach - beach wedding
Laguna Beach - beach wedding
Half Moon Bay - beach wedding
Warner Center Concerts In The Park - Summer Concerts
The Dream Foundation - supporting adults with life-threatening illness
Autism Speaks - Benefit events for families
Welby Way Elementary School - Grades K-5
Councilman Dennis Zine - holiday staff party
Cold Springs Tavern - Santa Barbara - wedding
L.A. City-Sponsored Children's Concerts
Masonic Lodge - Santa Barbara - Monthly music event
Rincon Beach Club - Carpinteria - wedding
I can be reached at - Tuckersdad@sbcglobal.net
My I-Phone is (818) 312-7955
For Events & Bookings, you can call, text, or email me directly at the numbers listed above, or feel free to book your event through my Gigmasters page......
Sound-check at Pebble Beach... photo by Mirelle Carmichael 805-253-3686
Also, I'm on Facebook.... Feel free to "friend" me.... that sounds like a song....