Tucker Beathard Emerges From 'Lawyer Land' for First Release in 2 Years

Kevin Grace
Tucker Beathard

In one of country's most confusing disappearing acts since the turn of the century, Tucker Beathard went straight from the release of an EP and a sophomore single in October 2016 to almost total silence.

Chalk it up to a run in what he calls "Lawyer Land" -- a protracted, emotionally exhausting dissolution of his relationship with Dot and Big Machine Label Group. But a new, nine-track album -- Nobody's Everything, released Nov. 30 on his own Mother Tucker label -- takes all the rough-cut attitude that he displayed on his first top five single, "Rock On," and focuses it in a mash-up of Eric Church-like edgy country and angry alt-rock. It's built primarily on the throb of acoustic guitar chords, a sort of constant pulse that suggests he has reclaimed his creative lifeline.

"It taught me a lot, matured me a lot," says Beathard of the struggle to end the old contract, which influenced the sound of Nobody's Everything. "Everything happens for a reason, and going through everything I went through shaped me a lot as an artist and as a person."

The project is a focused piece of work, with Beathard on guitars and drums, aided by producer Ryan Tyndell on keyboards and additional guitars, and bassist/engineer Jordan Rigby. They originally planned to record for a week in Tyndell's studio after Beathard was free of his contract, but that turned into six months and 18 songs, which will be released across two interlocking albums: the frustrated first disc and a more upbeat follow-up.

"The first half was making my way through a dark place, and then the second half is more seeing the light and finally being like, 'Let's have fun,' " he says.

Beathard notes that he has had several offers to release the second half (Warner Music Nashville creative director Shane Tarleton notably attended a Nov. 28 showcase in Nashville), but the singer-songwriter is particularly enthused to have music that's representative of his creative soul, which is now better defined because of the legal battle in his rearview mirror.

"As pissed off and whatever I used to be about the situation, it's the complete opposite," he says. "I'm thankful for it, because it got me to this point right here."

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