Some months ago, it is fair to say, virtually no one had heard of Jeff Tuttle here in Ireland. But in a short time, all that has changed. The man who spent many years in Nashville and who came to live in Rossport last summer has wasted no time in integrating into our way of life in these parts. And on Friday night, a special concert and dance will be held in the Royal Theatre in Castlebar to mark the official launch of Jeff’s Nashville album, ‘Livin’ Like A Millionaire (ain’t got a dime)’. Admission is free for the entire night, so you can ramble along at your leisure…
Born and raised in Monroe, Michigan, Jeff began singing country in the Detroit area in 1990. He later became lead singer in a band at Jack Kelly’s Lounge in Rockwood, Michigan. In the mid-1990s, Jeff moved to Nashville, where he put together his own band and started touring.
Delighted to have an opportunity to mingle with the stars from the Grand Ole Opry on a daily basis, Jeff also enjoyed working out of Nashville. Throughout this time, he and his band toured widely, working alongside some of the biggest names in American country music, including Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Randy Travis, Garth Brooks and Faith Hill among numerous others.
For three years, he was host of ‘Country Today’ a hugely popular television magazine show.
Since coming to Mayo, he has opened for opened for Randy Travis and Dr Hook at their shows in Castlebar, while he also featured at the big November Country Music Weekend in Claremorris, where he received tremendous backing from the Matt Keane Band.
“I’m really looking forward to Friday night in Castlebar. We are opening with a concert show at 8pm and I am hoping to have a fine line-up in place. We are expecting some folks from the new De Danann as well as Carmel McLoughlin (former winner of Glor Tire), the Irish Knights, Danny Price, Ingrid Madsen from Women of Ireland group and others. Ita Cunningham, Padraig O’Toole and other fine musicians will be with me in the band. The dance follows at 11.30pm.
“We are really hoping that a fine crowd will turn out for the show and enjoy a great night of country music. I love to meet and greet people, so I’ll be there to chat to everyone who wants to say hello,” says Jeff.
Make it a date with Jeff Tuttle and friends in the TF Royal Theatre and dance venue this Friday night, February 26. I am compere for Jeff’s big night and also look forward to meeting many of the country music folks on the night.