State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

The Tommy Roberts Strike Again With 'The Moon'

Remember about a month ago when we debuted The Tommy Roberts‘ single ‘Walking Back?’ Remember how awesome it was? Well, following the release of their self-entitled album, these fine lads are back at it again, generously releasing yet another single entitled ‘The Moon.’

A departure from their characteristic American roots rock sound, the song presents a whole new funk dynamic to the duo. From the very beginning of the song, you know you’re in for a treat. The intro is comprised of a musical conversation between an acoustic guitar and what I can only describe as a “popping bubble” electric guitar effect that Brian Cleary contributes. Soon after, Nathan Cutshall’s vocals make an entrance in the form of a smooth, rhythmic rap…and the song only gets better from there.

Cutshall explains that the song was inspired by a friend (shout-out to Christian Fetterman) who wrote the repeated line “how you get to the moon.” A year later, Cutshall decided to further develop Fetterman’s idea into a full story, drawing upon inspirations from one of his favorite musicians, G. Love.

The Tommy Roberts have a lot to offer the local music scene in State College, and this song is just one more example of their adaptability and creativity. I can’t wait to see what else Cleary and Cutshall have in store for us.  But hey, don’t take my word for it.  Give it a listen, and fall in love with it yourselves.  The locals’ lauded album is currently available for purchase on CD Baby and Bandcamp.

And if you’re someone who appreciates the art of live performances, the group has a show coming up at the State Theater on November 8 with the Return of the Native Sons and Daughters.