Tuck & Patti Biography

Husband-and-wife team Tuck Andress (28 October 1952, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA) and Patti Cathcart (b. 4 October 1950, San Francisco, California, USA) are a totally fresh and innovative duo making their own subtle versions of contemporary pop in a jazz setting. Andress’ remarkably sparse electric guitar is set against Cathcart’s strong and soulful voice. Their intuitive interplay comes from their close domestic and musical intimacy. On their 1988 debut for the Windham Hill Records label, the duo tackled Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Time After Time’, Richard Rodgers And Lorenz Hart’s ‘My Romance’ and Wes Montgomery’s ‘Up And At It’, as well as their own sparkling composition, ‘Love Is The Key’. Similarly on Love Warriors (1989), their blend was as inspired as it was broad, with the Beatles’ ‘Honey Pie’, and the Gershwin classic ‘They Can’t Take That Away From Me’. Another bold move was daring to attempt ‘Castles Made Of Sand’/’Little Wing’ by Jimi Hendrix; it was a total success, with some exceptional guitar playing from Andress. Patti stated, ‘We’re willing to take chances and throw each other a curve; that’s why we keep growing and the music stays fresh. We risk messing up in front of everybody, but you have to take chances because if you don’t, that’s the beginning of the end’.

The duo stayed true to the blueprint of their early albums on later releases, which included a brief stay with Epic Records (for 1995’s Learning How To Fly). They returned to Windham Hill in the late 90s, releasing the slightly anodyne Paradise Found (1998) and their first album of original compositions (Taking The Long Way Home). Following their departure from Windham Hill, the duo set up their own label to facilitate the release of their music. Their albums have included the all-originals Chocolate Moment (2002) and the romance-themed A Gift Of Love (2004).

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.