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UPCOMING RELEASE: All the Men I love
I believe in music as a tool for social change and healing. My first album, Saving Graces, explored themes of family, inheritance, and place in society.
I didn’t expect my next album to have a theme, but then, 5 years ago, I had an idea: what would I find if I zeroed in on masculinity, and expressed what I found through music? The question led me on a journey, and the result is my sophomore album, All the Men I Love.
Songs from a broad range of styles and messaging.
For All the Men I Love, I carefully chose songs and artists whose work reflects an aspect of masculinity that I value, or that I’ve adopted and reflected in my own life. From the love songs of George Michael and Cat Stevens, to the protest songs of Poison, and Stevie Wonder, the album travels through broad styles and messages. Recorded in an intimate setting, the album is built to sound like I am playing in your living room.
A tribute album exploring masculinity and music:
There’s a lot of benefit in the release that music offers. Music can express ideas and feelings that reach across borders and boundaries to touch people’s hearts. Music can lead and shape movements, but also shapes people’s identities.
A lot of people have written and spoken about how men in particular and masculinity have shaped music and culture. I guess what I wanted to do, as a musician, is look at how music had done just that to me. What choices have I made that are mirroring or playing with the messages in the songs that I’ve heard over all these years? How have those songs impacted my work as an artist, as a musician?
These songs are a channel that I’ve been tuned into my whole life. Using acoustic instruments and singing, here on this album I offer them the way I’ve heard them. Offering messages of love and passion, justice and resistance, of play.
All the Men I Love is a conversation I'm starting. If I could give a megaphone to some messages that I’d wish were more dominant in the world right now, this is it.
Live at Alberta Street playing "Something to Believe in" by Poison:
Listen to a few of the rough cuts from the upcoming All The Men I Love release:
Tanya Pluth lives in the forests, rivers, oceans, deserts and fields of the Pacific Northwest, and her songs range as far and as wide as the places she lives and travels. Her penchant for sitting alone in nature miles away from pavement effuses a quiet, warm confidence into all of her lyrics and performances, while her experiences as a former community college instructor charge her stage presence with wit and humor.
Playing a guitar and singing, Tanya’s music invites audiences into the best of all road trips, the happy discovery only available by traveling far, both externally and internally. As one reviewer wrote, "You don't doubt her when she sings that she'd like to make traveling her home, and you can almost feel 'sun shining right through skin' as her voice shines its brilliance in your direction.”
Saving Graces, Tanya Pluth’s debut album, resonates deeply in channels of family, purpose, and place. A reviewer of the album wrote, “The dozen tracks rock (Inside Out), sway (Go On, Be Kind), swing (Traveling Home), step lively (Hard Place), swoon (Don’t Leave Here So Broken), and stand up for what’s right (Would You Try), and they do it all with grace."
Tanya is currently working on her second album, All the Men I Love, an exploration of music and masculinity from her unique perspective. The assortment of tunes ranges from big hair band Poison to essential folk music artist John Denver to tracks by Bob Dylan, Bill Miller, and Stevie Wonder. But don’t let the eclectic artists fool you – the album’s cohesion rests with its messaging. This is a set of tunes put together over 5 years, and they tell an intricate, compelling tale through creative arrangements of guitar, bass, mandolin, fiddle, and percussion.
Tanya’s music received Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year nominations from Pride in the Arts. She’s performed in venues large and small as both a solo artist and supporting other musicians on guitar, back up vocal, and fiddle.
Tanya is an avid Irish session player, where her bow and fiddle fly through the dancing rhythms of jigs, reels, and polkas.
TANYA PLUTH'S DEBUT ALBUM: SAVING GRACES
Her debut solo album of all original alt-folk songs, Saving Graces, received numerous Pride in the Arts awards nominations including artist and song of the year. The title track from the album, "Saving Graces," is a call for holding on to the best of life and refuge given from one to another:
"This world's full of hiding places/lost souls and saving graces/take these gifts and bear them forward/through the battles, through the war."
Saving Graces has been described as four parts country, six parts folk, two parts rock – music that moves, shakes, and comforts. Tanya's music draws on her unique and varied life experiences, generating music for comfort and dreams and stories that refuse the telling without notes, rhythm, sound.
What reviewers say about Saving Graces:
"Filled with country's heart, folk's lyrics and attention to the issues facing women (and everyone) in the world today. . .You don't doubt her when she sings that she'd like to make traveling her home, and you can almost feel 'sun shining right through skin' as her voice shines its brilliance in your direction. " - Kathryn Vercillo, Indie In-Tune Magazine
"Don’t miss Saving Graces (tanyapluth.com) by Tanya Pluth. The dozen tracks rock (Inside Out), sway (Go On, Be Kind), swing (Traveling Home), step lively (Hard Place), swoon (Don’t Leave Here So Broken), and stand up for what’s right (Would You Try), and they do it all with grace." - Ben Shapiro, BaltimoreOUTLoud
"There are songs of adversity (particularly “Would You Try”), seeking (“A Little Brighter,” “Traveling Home”), and hope through it all (“Well As You Will”)." - Don Thomason, The Amplifier
Tanya's first instrument is the fiddle, and her passion while playing the fiddle is for traditional Irish music. She currently studies with the legendary soloist, session player and traditional Irish fiddler, Kevin Burke.
Tanya lives in Beaverton, Oregon and works as an artistic entrepreneur.
Visit Tanya's You Tube Channel for recent songs:
"Killed for a Lie" - a song written about police shootings, a tribute written out of grief and frustration.