Behind the Song
Jeff Tuohy is a Billboard Award-winning songwriter and rock musician based in New York City. Hailed by Writer’s Bone as “one of the best up-and-coming songwriters in North America,” Tuohy brings a style of music known as Hudson Delta to produce “a high level of musicianship and pop songwriting expertise” (Amplifier Magazine) with "a little bit of grit and a whole lot of soul" (Newport Mercury).
A “daring and multifaceted” performer (Hartford Advocate), he has toured nationally across 41 states. His debut album, BREAKING DOWN THE SILENCE was featured on 120+ radio stations in North America and ranked a D.I.Y. Pick of Performing Songwriter magazine. The new record, HUDSON DELTA follows the success of his sophomore release, COCOON which featured the New Orleans-themed, under-ground favorite, BOURBON STREET.
In 2021, Tuohy continues to cast a spell on listeners with the upcoming album HUDSON DELTA. The lead single, “The Devil’s in New Orleans” dropped on June 2, 2021, and is followed by the track “Old Roads” and accompanying music videos.
For fans who have never heard your music, can you pick three words to describe it?! If three words just aren't enough then tell us more!!
Skyscraper Americana Blues with hints of Southern Gothic. The influences span several genres. Perhaps it’s the musical theater fan in me.
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?) Tell us why.
My favorite part about being an artist is receiving inspiration from the source, refining it, and releasing it to the universe.
Music’s about connecting. Writing, performing, and recording are all part of that connection.
Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?
The studio’s my favorite place to be alongside the stage. It affords an opportunity to get lost in a song’s composition.
Mark Twain said, “Writing is easy, you just cross out the wrong words.” That can be applied to the studio. I experiment wit ideas. If I don’t like it, it doesn’t make the track.
The experience is immersive. Meditative. Though you’re emoting, it’s introspective. Words don’t do it justice.
Okay, this a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing?
I developed an obsession to finish the Appalachian Trail in sections a few years ago. I’m a quarter of the way through. Biking, golfing, and reading are other favorites.
Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?
Regarding current, charting artists: Silk Sonic and Dua Lipa for pop. Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, and Sturgill Simpson for Americana/Country. I listen to a lot of music. We’ll be here a long time if I go on… Anyone authentically sharing their gift is admirable. Someone chasing what’s popular instead of being true to themself is not.
Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it?
I’ll pick two from the new record:
The next single, “Old Roads” is a country anthem about traveling the world, experiencing amazing things, but realizing, in the end, everything you need is back home.
“Hear Me Out” has a Prince meets Shuggie Otis vibe. I’m not comfortable discussing it’s meaning.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?
The animated video for Hudson Delta’s first single, “The Devil’s In New Orleans” drops June 23rd. The second single and video, “Old Roads” will be released July 16th and August 4th, respectively. Hudson Delta comes out August 27th.
Several songs were omitted from Hudson Delta because they didn’t fit the flow of the record. There are also a few ready to be recorded. We’ll cut those, build the catalogue, and go from there.
Tell us where fans can access your music.
Find it on Spotify and Apple Music