Romy Shiller

Corey Tut

In Music on August 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm

All women do have a different sense of sexuality, or sense of fun, or sense of like what’s sexy or cool or tough.

 Angelina Jolie

I was wondering whether or not to write about New York City-based singer, guitarist, and songwriter Corey Tut (30ish). First of all, he is the most amazing eye-candy I have ever seen.  Could I be objective enough?  Did it matter if he could sing? I could just stare at his pictures. He is an uber-package though. He has looks, talent and drive. I have no doubt at all that he will be very successful.

Corey released “Aural Fix” in 2002, and an EP “Til Now” in 2004. “Everything” was released in 2008, and he is currently working on a new album, hopefully to be released later this year. His songs are often featured on the CW channel’s ‘Life Unexpected.’   He did a cover of Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ that was a big hit on Youtube and was in The Hype Machine (The Hype Machine is the holy grail of music blogs.  They compile the best and/or most blogged songs from around the world.) He wants “to make a big rock record that I could take on the road with songs that would allow me to put on a really dynamic show,” Tut says. “I love being on stage and throwing out different energies and really taking the crowd on a journey.  One of these days I’m going to do my sensitive singer-songwriter, mellow acoustic record,” he says with a laugh, “but this is not the time.” He has also done several radio jingles for Toyota, Papa John’s and Jiffy Lube among others.
I found out the following: He’s “very happily single. I’m married to my work right now.” His Favorite color is red or black, he’s a Sagittarius, his favorite movie is Happiness. *Sigh*. I think that I’m channeling Bridget Jones. “I’m gay, so a lot of the crowd at my shows are guys, but I do get quite a few women as well.” So, not surprising – even with all of that talent, he’s a hunk. Women (and gay men, of course) can and do, ogle freely. He enables a “female gaze” which is very rare and welcome. Even though idols enable a kind of adoration-frenzy, women’s desire in popular-culture fiction is usually punished. I like the combination of talent and looks in Corey Tut. For me, I get to experience lust and brain work. I’m such a third-wave Feminist! Or a big flirt. Can’t decide.

His influences include; Pink Floyd, Purple Rain-era Prince, Oasis, The Beatles, Pixies, Bill Withers, Jack White, U2, Dave Grohl, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Josh Homme, Radiohead, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Patti Smith, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, R.E.M, Ray Charles, Spoon, Johnny Cash…. “this list could go on forever.” He’s a DJ as well, “I DJ a couple nights a week.  I started DJ’ing as a fluke, and before I knew it I was getting gig offers all over town.  The pay is good and the hours are flexible.  I can make my own schedule, so that allows me to really focus on my day job-my own music.”  Me and DJs – OMG.

His favorite movie star is Angelina Jolie. He made a film with her, “I met her on the set of “Gia” in LA years ago before she was really famous and she was very cool.  The only part of ME that made the movie was my bare ass in the Director’s Cut.  There is a scene where a close up of my ass cross fades to a close up of her face.  A friend of mine took a picture of it and mailed it to me as a post card.  It still hangs on my wall to this day,” Mmmm.

Corey loves performing Live; “There is nothing that can match that feeling of connecting with an audience in the moment with my words and music.  Seeing people dance or move or sing along to something I am creating in that very moment is the greatest feeling in the world.  For the most part, I have been doing acoustic shows over the past year or two and that has really brought out a new side in my writing and performing styles.  It has definitely brought more nuance to my performance. I have a much more intimate connection to my lyrics and my audience when I am up there alone with my guitar.  With a full band, it is has always been more about the overall sound and energy and getting the crowd going.  I am looking forward to putting a full line up back together once this new record is completed, and balancing those two approaches.”

Born in Champaign, Illinois, Corey Tut developed a craving for music growing up as a military brat in Fort Hood, Texas, and Rockford, Illinois.   He started writing songs on his grandmother’s piano, which he taught himself to play. “Then 10 years ago I picked up a guitar and that totally changed everything.”  Needing to broaden his horizons, Corey moved to New York City, kicking around the city’s rock and punk clubs like CBGB, Squeezebox!, and Coney Island High, soaking in the music and performing his own stuff. “You really have to find a balance here, but I have been here most of my life.  I moved around a lot as a kid, and it was the first place I lived that ever felt like home, and I stayed.  I’ve tried LA twice for work, but always came back to NYC.”

He goes on to say, “Then a few years ago, I went through a major upheaval. I had to shed a lot of darkness and start from scratch. That’s what everything is about. I just felt like I needed to get rid of the negative stuff that was around me. Writing the songs on the album was a very cathartic process.”
The New York Daily News says, “Tut draws from pop, rock, and punk influences to deliver a unique performance.” SoHo Journal states, “Finally something I can listen to has emerged from the abyss of pathetic, whining weirdo’s who inhabit the airwaves and all music television. This guy F’in rocks. Close the porn, log into iTunes and buy it NOW!” You don’t need to convince me.

Track List for “Everything”

  • 01 Someone Else’s Problem
  • 02 Right Where You Belong
  • 03 Everything
  • 04 Keeping Up With The Jones
  • 05 Wasted
  • 06 Way Back Home
  • 07 So What?
  • 08 Na Na
  • 09 Wayside
  • 10 My Favorite Memory
  • 11 Precious Time
  • 12 Not Leaving

If you wish to contact Corey Tut, feel free to email him at


UPDATE: His new video – August 2011

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