kickstarter launched!

Three years ago we started playing music together. It was something fun to do once a week or whenever we had time. I don't think any of us would've said we had any big plans for something was just good to get together, play music, and get to know each other. 

Somewhere over the course of those three years we became an actual band. We got a name, we recorded an album, we shared stages with great bands like the Jayhawks, Blitzen Trapper and Lake Street Dive. More importantly, James Tutson and the Rollback became one of the most meaningful things going on in our lives. With that, came the desire to do something really meaningful with our music. 

Make You Free is a direct reflection of this story. It's an album that started as fun songs and ended up being a collection of our most meaningful work yet. It's an album that started once a week in Iowa City and is ending in Nashville, TN. It's an album that started with some guys playing music together and ended up being James Tutson and the Rollback. 

Make You Free is an 11 song LP and our best work to date. We've been invited to come down to Nashville and record at Uno Mas Studios with Doug Sarrett. Sarrett has worked with true legends of music including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, and U2. We're just as good as them so it makes sense that he wanted us to come down...that was a joke. But we do relish the opportunity to work with a producer with so much depth of knowledge and such great report. 

All of the money we raise with this Kickstarter will be going directly to basic album costs:

$5000: Studio Time

$2500: Mixing/Producing

Any additional money raised will go toward: Mastering, Promotional Costs, Album Art Work, Vinyl Pressing, and Travel Expenses

We really believe in our project and it's humbling that Doug believes in our project as well. This Kickstarter is our official ask for you to believe in our project too. We would love it if you would consider partnering with us to make something meaningful. 


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by James Tutson and the Rollback
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  • June 1, 2019: Iowa City, IA (Vue Rooftop Bar). 10 pm.

  • June 14, 2019: Iowa City, IA (Friday Night Concert Series). Time: 6:30 pm.

  • June 20, 2019: Iowa City, IA (Big Grove Brewery; w/ Shammar Allen). 8:30 pm.

  • August 2, 2019: Marengo, IA (Fireside Winery). 6 pm.


  • March 23, 2019: Mount Vernon, IA (Cornell College)

  • September 3, 2018: Iowa City, IA (Englert Theater; w/ Lake Street Dive)

  • August 11, 2018: Coralville, IA (5th Street Block Party)

  • August 10, 2018: Iowa City, IA (Chalk Art Festival)

  • July 27, 2018: Iowa City, IA (RAGBRAI; w/ Blitzen Trapper, The Jayhawks)

  • July 7, 2018: Iowa City, IA (Harvest Festival; with Sawyer, Jordy Searcy)

  • June 17, 2018: Iowa City, IA (The Mill; w/ Alex Guthrie)

  • June 16, 2018: Iowa City, IA (Big Grove Brewery)

  • June 3, 2018: Iowa City, IA (Iowa City Arts Festival)

  • February 10, 2018: Iowa City, IA (Vue Rooftop Bar)

  • December 1, 2017: Iowa City, IA (Big Grove Brewery)

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For comments, booking, and press inquiries, please contact James Tutson and the Rollback by phone at 319.512.0707, by email at, or fill out the form below.

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About James Tutson and the rollback


James Tutson and The Rollback are a soul/rock band from Iowa City. Their debut album On Hope was released in the fall of 2017 and is available on iTunes and Spotify. Critics have described their music as “roughed up soul,” which speaks to the pairing of frontman James Tutson’s deep soul roots with The Rollback’s rock and roll backing. They are presently working up their next album.