From: NC, United States
Genre: Folk, Rockacanna, Rock
You’ve heard of the Queen of Soul and the King of Pop. Now meet the Administrative Assistant of Rockacana.
The performing songwriter‘s organic “funky folk” and wit is evident in the varied original compositions displayed on his three CD releases: Valentine, Why so serious?, and Stupid little things.
His sound? Fans have likened Valentine’s acoustic/electric musical stylings to that of Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Bob Seger. As a bass-clarinet player in his high school band, he was influenced by jazz-rock fusions produced by Chicago and Steely Dan, as well as artists as diverse as the Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jethro Tull.
Rocking since the late ’70s in venues ranging from the Orlando Naval Training Center to juvenile detention facilities (along with the obligatory appearances at Holiday Inn lounges), “Valentine” has mastered a variety of musical styles, many of which are reflected in his songwriting.
A native of New York who grew up in Central Florida, Valentine (aka Richard V. Tuttell) relocated in the early ’90s to the Foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and now makes his home in Western North Carolina. Americana influences of the region are evident in several of his tunes.
He opened for songwriter Jon Ims (She’s in Love With the Boy) at the Down Home in Johnson City, Tenn. and has performed several times at the Bristol, Tenn. Roots and Rhythm Festival as part of the Boone Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). Valentine also makes regular appearances at regional venues and festivals.