Make You Free

by James Tutson and The Rollback
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On Hope

by James Tutson and The Rollback
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  • October 23, 2019: Iowa City, IA (Englert Theater; w/ Marc Broussard). 7 pm. Tickets here.

  • November 15, 2019: Iowa City, IA (Big Grove Brewery: ALBUM RELEASE SHOW)


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

  • June 20, 2019: Iowa City, IA (Big Grove Brewery; w/ Shamarr Allen)

  • June 14, 2019: Iowa City, IA (Friday Night Concert Series)

  • June 1, 2019: Iowa City, IA (Vue Rooftop Bar)

  • 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, and Elizabeth Moen)

  • 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)


About James Tutson and the rollback


James Tutson and the Rollback is a modern rhythm and blues/soul band from Iowa City, Iowa. The group was formed in 2016 when singer-songwriter James Tutson assembled a 4-piece backing band to rehearse and record his second full-length album, On Hope (2017). After playing a handful of local shows and discovering a tight, crowd-pleasing sound on stage, Tutson christened his new ensemble “the Rollback,” and a band was born. 

Tutson gradually shed his folk-rock songwriter beginnings and returned to his roots—soul and gospel—as he put his heartfelt lyrics to music that critics in 2018 described as “roughed-up soul.” In late 2018, JTRB began writing a new album, Make You Free (forthcoming in Fall 2019), which they recorded at Uno Mas Studios in Nashville in 2019. Where On Hope was a collection of Tutson’s compositions accompanied by “the Rollback,” Make You Free represents the band’s collaborative songwriting effort and showcases a more mature, polished r&b and gospel sound. Indeed, Tutson’s lyrics probe the hopes and anxieties of fatherhood, the pursuit of goodness, and the freeing power of love. As Tutson and the Rollback sing in the album’s opening track, “Love should make you free.” 

The band—comprised of a lawyer, a chemist, a software consultant, a German professor, and a youth organizer—is playing shows in the Midwest this summer and fall in support of the new album.

James Tutson (vocals, guitar)
Tyler Carrington (drums, vocals)
Heath Hospodarsky (guitar)
Erik Lehmann (keyboard, vocals)
Haven Wojciak (bass)


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