TUK SMITH & THE RESTLESS HEARTS drop new song, ‘Take The Long Way’, prep new album

TUK SMITH & THE RESTLESS HEARTS have released a brand new single, ‘Take The Long Way’, the first taste from TUK’s second studio album set to arrive later this year via Gypsy Rose Records.

With his signature lyrical storytelling, TUK recounts a tale of the last few years’ industry frustrations on ‘Take The Long Way’, certainly making lemonade of those lemons.

TUK elaborates on the inspiration behind the new song;

“I go through these manic-type episodes for a few weeks at a time and at the end of it all I usually come out exhausted and dragging 3 or 4 new songs behind me. Take the Long Way was one of those songs, conceived while I was in an elevated state and it basically wrote itself in real time. To be visited by ‘the Muse’ is something truly magical. This song is about as personal as it gets. Though in today’s culture of ‘fill-in-the-blank’ style lyric-writing, I think the more personal the better. Finding inspiration from dusting yourself off? I think that’s something everyone can relate to.”

Listen to/save ‘Take The Long Way’ here

The new album follows up TUK SMITH & THE RESTLESS HEARTS 2022 debut, ‘Ballad Of A Misspent Youth’. At the time, Classic Rock magazine asserted “‘Ballad Of A Misspent Youth’ is never less than exhilarating. Just the way rock’n’roll should be.” The album’s lead single & title track romped straight on to playlists at UK rock radio stations, Planet Rock and Primordial Radio.

Stay tuned for more new music from TUK SMITH & THE RESTLESS HEARTS soon.


If charisma and talent were all it took to be a star, TUK SMITH would have cemented himself among the world’s most notorious and beloved songwriters a long while ago. But in a business filled with loaded dice and bloated suits, TUK remains a rock ‘n’ roll outcast.

Paradoxically, he continues to strive for that coveted spot of musical immortality that, in today’s modern world of algorithms and social media trends, remains reserved for those with the money to buy their way in or for those who are willing to lose themselves.

TUK has been and remains: neither of the above.

TUK’s signature sound – for any and all blessed enough to have heard it – has found a place in the upper echelon of contemporary rock n roll. For those who have yet to become familiar, it’s a bare-knuckled blend of AC/DC swagger, Cheap Trick melodicism and Thin Lizzy guitar wizardry. The man behind the sound is an absolute force.

Never willing to settle, never ready to stop, TUK is slated to release his anticipated second studio album in 2024. Listeners can expect more hooks that stay with them for days and choruses they can sing along to the first listen through. All of this proudly without label interference or hindrance.

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