Guitarist, vocalist, producer, and songwriter Doug Tuttle's first band, Mmoss, was a deeply psychedelic project and when it split, Tuttle shifted musical gears. Recording in a home studio, Tuttle made records using various folk/rock, psych, and classic rock elements; his first two were lo-fi takes on melancholy psych pop that featured his buzzing guitar and mournful vocals. By the time of 2017's Peace Potato though, he'd switched gears and began crafting mid-fi versions of mainstream '70s rock that wouldn't sound out of place next to Tom Petty on a playlist.
A guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter influenced by classic pop, psychedelia, and rock of the '60s and '70s who had been playing since the age of six, Tuttle was living in Boston, Massachusetts when he met multi-instrumentalist Rachel Neveu, and the two soon bonded romantically and musically. In 2007, Tuttle and Neveu relocated to New Hampshire, where they formed the band Mmoss. Mmoss' first album, a self-recorded effort called i, was picked up for release in 2011 by the noted indie label Burger Records; they then moved to Chicago's Trouble in Mind Records and released their second album, Only Children, in 2012. However, in early 2013, Mmoss broke up, and Tuttle's relationship with Neveu fell apart. Emotionally devastated, Tuttle relocated to Somerville, Massachusetts and retreated into his music, writing and recording material in a makeshift studio he set up in a former woodshop. By the end of the year, Tuttle had emerged with his first solo album, Doug Tuttle, an 11-song set full of epic-scale guitar solos and clever production touches informed by his breakup with Neveu. It was issued by Trouble in Mind in early 2014. After spending a large part of 2015 touring, Tuttle returned early the next year with his second album, the softer, more country-rock-inspired It Calls on Me. He headed back out on the road, then went back home to record more songs. His third album, Peace Potato, was released in early 2017 by longtime home Trouble in Mind. The album found him drifting further away from his psychedelic roots for a sound that was a home-cooked East Coast version of chiming heartland rock. He jumped ship after this release, making a move to Burger Records for his fourth record, 2019's Dream Road. With a more countrified and laid-back sound, Tuttle also folded some '70s AM radio influences (soft rock, especially) into his sound. ~ Mark Deming~ Rovi