American rock band Tuk Smith & The Restless Hearts are announcing their signing to the new label MRG, founded by industry veterans Marti Frederiksen and John Greenberg and distributed worldwide by Virgin Music/Universal. Alongside the signing news, Tuk Smith & The Restless Hearts are also announcing the August 12th release of “Ballad of A Misspent Youth,” the first single and video from their forthcoming album of the same name.
The Nashville-based American rock band is founded and fronted by former Biters leader Tuk Smith. The band broke out with their debut single, “What Kinda Love,” in January 2020 and were added as an opening act for The Stadium Tour with Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe on the same day. Then came the onset of Covid 19. “When the pandemic hit, it was like hitting the reset button on my music career,” recalls Tuk, “everything got taken away…album campaign, stadium tour, record deal. The world was in lockdown, and the only way to escape was to throw myself into writing. My thoughts began exploring the past, and the inspiration for the songs just came in tidal waves.” The new collection is a rock ‘n roll silver lining that came out of the solitude and reflection of the pandemic.
The album's title track and first single, “Ballad of A Misspent Youth,” is an old-school rock ’n roll anthem for a new generation. Tuk elaborates on the inspiration behind the first single: "It’s a by-product of my upbringing in the South when I was cutting my teeth in the underground Atlanta punk scene before touring for a decade in the clubs and dives.”
The track marks Tuk’s return to the studio with producer Dan Dixon, and the music video was produced and directed by Hannah Gray Hall in Nashville.
Pre-save/pre-order “Ballad of a Misspent Youth” here: