Featured Utah Musician: TJ Gurn
Rocket Skates Recording is proud to introduce a new artist hitting the Utah music scene with a joyful ensemble of Americana style, TJ Gurn whisks listeners away with his soft raspy vocals and masterful travis picking. Originally from Greenville, South Carolina- TJ is a welcomed transplant to the Salt Lake area. As a 3rd generation Irish-American, TJ’s heartfelt and soulful folk sound was influenced by the iconic Irish ballads of The Clancy Brothers and Luke Kelly. His other artistic influences like The Lumineers, Ray LaMontagne and Zach Bryan help shape the folky flare that captures his unique sound.
“Dream Tracks”, released on November 23rd, touts outlaw country undertones and appeals to those with an adventurous spirit.
This new single will make you want to curl up by the fire and share some whiskey with your closest friends or keep you brave while shredding the local Utah slopes.
Though a natural talent – TJ grew up surrounded by sports and didn’t really pick up a guitar until his early 20s. He has since grown into a prolific musician and songwriter with a clear creative vision and an enviable ability to bring that vision into fruition.
Gurn enjoys volunteering, spending time outdoors skiing and hiking, picking up gigs in Park City and playing at nursing homes for the elderly. His big-hearted and jovial kindness comes through in his songwriting, and is evident throughout his first EP “Man Up Above” – an ode to his paternal grandfather “Poppie”, James Gurn. A discography of distinctive tracks like “West Coast Wind” and “Folly Beach” will be showcased in the rest of this EP, which will follow shortly as the rest of the month unfolds. Check it out wherever you get your music.