Reviewed by: Ryan McLelland

While Don’t Worry It’s Not Contagious is the third album from Detroit’s Jeremy Porter and The Tucos, I’m very sad that this is only the first album of their music that I’ve heard. I say I’m sad because this album is so damn good it truly makes me feel like I’m missing out on so much great music.  Unfortunately I’ve been unable to break away to listen to The Tucos other albums because I’ve been enjoying Don’t Worry a bit too much.

It’s hard for me to describe the sound of The Tucos. I get different vibes from many different songs. They sound like the Midwestern version of Toad the Wet Sprocket but way more rocking. Like Foo Fighters but more soothing. At times I even get some Descendents, N.E.R.D, and Led Zeppelin vibes. Throw that all in a blender, pour it into a glass, and sprinkle some Detroit rock on top and you have yourself Jeremy Porter and The Tucos.


The album kicks off great with a one-two punch. Both songs, Walk of Shame and Huckleberry, are just fun songs that usually have me hitting repeat before going through the rest of the album. Walk of Shame is a great song to lead off with because it shows off not only the musical abilities of the group but how great the trio can harmonize with each other. Huckleberry is truly addictive and possibly one of the best of the album. It is an awesome rock and roll song – it is the sort of song that would have been massive in the nineties before the radio got taken over by whatever crap they are calling “music” these days. The group released Huckleberry as a single and I can say that was a truly smart move.

There’s a song  titled Consolation Prize. It’s a bit slower then some of the other songs but that isn’t to say that it isn’t gorgeous because it truly is. Jeremy Porter duets here with singer Jennifer Westwood and the result of the duet is outstanding. The two voices meld beautifully together with Westwood’s voice really standing out. I’ve never heard of Westwood either, but she fronts her own Detroit band that I’ll have to check out.

The sixth song is called Torn and there is some excellent finger work here on the guitar. It reminds me of acoustic Jimmy Page or perhaps the music of folk singer Nick Drake. The guitar really is the spotlight of this song and while I’m a huge fan of Porter’s voice I can also say that his guitar work is amazingly impressive.


I think the second half of the album really takes off. While the first seven to eight songs are great, the remainder will knock your socks off. There’s a tune called Patty’s Not Impressed which is just too damn good and probably my favorite of Don’t Worry. It’s the lyrics here that really get me. The song is about a barfly named Patty and Porter sings about her demeanor as she sits in a bar. Drunk? Daft?  I’m not sure but it is funny how Patty can’t grasp the notion of opening bands. Like she’s shown up to hear some music but doesn’t understand why the band she’s there to see is going on so late. So she’s forced to listen to these other bands while not so patiently waiting for the headliner to go on. The song really paints a beautiful visual picture and this is why I can listen to this song alone a thousand times.

Right near the end is a tune called Worth the Wait. A fairly kickass slower rock song with great lyrics, phenom instrumentation, and a wonderful chorus.  You can’t even finish the song for the first time without singing along to the chorus.  It’s physically impossible not to.

With every song here I almost want to say, “It makes me want to repeat the song over and over again.” I have at times, but I seemingly keep ‘holding my breath.’ There’s a reason for this and the reason is Don’t Worry, It’s Not Contagious is just one damn good rock album where you want to listen to each song over and over again. Jeremy Porter, Gabriel Doman, and Patrick O’Harris really did amazing work here and I hope the band is proud of this album because it is great from start to finish. It is truly kickass bar music whether it’s The Tucos playing live or you are putting in on TouchTunes. The perfect album to put on, sit back with friends, and have a couple beers.

Overall Jeremy Porter and The Tucos’ Don’t Worry, It’s Not Contagious truly earns high marks. Even though it was released in 2017, I feel it to be the first great album of 2018. Not only does the album earn high marks but it an album I’ll be telling my friends about. The Tucos need to be heard, especially with an album that is this good. Hopefully they’ll get over to Jersey so I can hear them play live someday.

RATING: A

Find Jeremy Porter and the Tucos here: http://www.thetucos.com

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