King Tuff is definitely an original. Resplendent in his bejeweled baseball cap and cruising in his beloved 1982 Subaru Brat, this unusual musician takes us to another place.
But little does the unsuspecting viewer know that the place is the middle of nowhere to watch him make love to his bomb of a conversion vehicle in the new video for “Raindrop Blue.”
King Tuff, AKA Kyle Thomas, has a familiar Southern California sound that is super classic. But on “Raindrop Blue” he gives a tip of the hat to our favorites, the UK-based Climax Blues Band and we are grateful for that. But the car has got to go.
Friends On King Tuff Album, ‘The Other’
Thomas self-produced the album “Raindrop Blue” is off, The Other. He enlisted some familiar names including Shawn Everett (War On Drugs, Alabama Shakes) to assist with the mixing process.
He also gets a little help from from Ty Segall on drums, Jenny Lewis on vocals, Greta Morgan on vocals, and Mikal Cronin on saxophone.
King Tuff is hitting the road to promote his new album, The Other, out on Sub Pop Records.
Note to Subaru Honchos
And to the marketing execs at Subaru: You’re missing the boat by not sponsoring this guy’s tour. Anyone who loves a car this much needs all the support he can get.
Check out the tour dates for King Tuff, a most interesting California Rocker: