Local 913, Episode 33: Jason McIntyre & Junior Tutwiler
Formerly of the State College alt-country band The Rustlanders, Jason McIntyre & Junior Tutwiler released their duo debut album last year, but the two had been performing some years before The Rustlanders’ existence. Junior Tutwiler, whose real name is also Jason, explains how he and Jason McIntyre originally met in 2003:
“I came up through a guitar store called Alley Cat. There’s like four other Jasons there, so I got coined Junior. I took lessons there and gave lessons there and that’s actually how we met. He was working there and the owner, Mark Ross, suggested that we get together and start playing. We’ve been playing ever since.”
The pair teamed up and started performing in Central PA, playing bar gigs and covering some of their favorite artists like Tom Petty, The Band and Muddy Waters. They pulled in some like-minded musicians to form The Rustlanders. After The Rustlander’s released their debut album and toured the country, the act called it quits in 2010. J-Mac & Jr continued performing together and eventually recorded and released their debut album Miles. The two are currently working on their next release, making it work even after McIntyre made the move to Denver. For more on Jason McIntyre and Junior Tutwiler, check out their website.