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This will be the first in a series of posts from local record shops recommending their favorite musicians to our readers. For this installment Spoonful Records recommends Doug Tuttle, so here’s a brief interview with Doug before his show at The Happy Dog in Cleveland. Spoonful Records is located at 116 E Long St. and is run by Brett Ruland. They’re open Tu-Sa 11:00am- 7:30pm and Su Noon-6:00pm. So if you enjoy this, stop in soon and get some more Spoonful Records recommendations!

Who is the most underrated musician or songwriter?

I think Fairport Convention very underrated, at least the first album. The other stuff I kinda understand not being as popular because it’s so traditional folk.

Speaking of Fairport, who do you like better Judy Dyble or Sandy Denny?

Judy Dyble, all the way!

What’s the most underrated album?

There’s a lot of underrated albums, I guess it’s just whether it had the ability to be heard or not. It kind of changes a lot, one of my favorite records is by this band Ithaca. They’re a British band, a group of people that put out five different albums out under different band names, Ithaca, Agincourt, Tomorrow Comes Someday, Alice Through The Looking Glass, and Friends; but the Ithaca record is awesome. It’s really great, home recorded, just absolutely beautiful. It could have been the biggest record at the time.

If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Oh Jesus, I don’t know, I’m so critical of everything. Byrds’ Younger Than Yesterday, maybe… There’s a couple songs I could do without, but overall I think I could live with that.

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What’s the first album/piece of music you ever bought?

I bought three 45s on the same day. I bought Guns N’Roses’ Sweet Child of Mine, Cheap Tricks’ The Flame, and Poison’s Every Rose Has it’s Thorn.

If you had to be anything other than being a musician what would do?

Well I enjoy my actual job, I make guitar pedals. It’s called Mid-Fi Electronics. It’s alright, I could keep doing that and I probably will.

If you could tour with any band, who would it be?

Moody Blues, any era!

Who is an artist that people would be surprised to learn you love?

I really like Human League, I think that’s surprising.

Do you have any songs you’ve really misheard the lyrics to?

Doug: I don’t or at least I can’t think of anything.

Jesse (Doug’s touring guitarist/synth player): As a kid I used to sing Huey Lewis’s If This Is It as “If this is it please let me know, a fish can’t swim with a broken toe.”

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Watch all three of these videos. Then watch them again, they’re that good.

If you live in the continental United States, check out The Receiver this spring as they undertake a massive tour hitting just about every state! While Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons might not be driving coast to coast, they’ve got dozens of Ohio shows lined up over the next few months.

The Receiver – “To Battle an Island”

Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons – “Your Love”

Marcy Mays & Sue Harshe – “Space Oddity” (David Bowie) – Mug and Brush Session