“A rare find. McBride has been able to put together the voice and composition” –Twangville
“McBride writes smart lyrics lending an original, personal twist to Americana and old-school soul.” – Baltimore City Paper
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To rustle up inspiration for his award-winning third album Morning in Glen Burnie, Tom McBride dug deep into his record collection.
“I was trying to identify those songs that I loved as a child and still enjoy now,” he explains. “I looked backwards a little bit and dug deeper into some older folk, pop, and country songs by artists like Roy Orbison, Buck Owens, and George Jones. I was challenging myself to simplify my writing, to really dig into more traditional forms and melodies.”
“Put really simply,” he sums up, “I just tried to write good songs.”
With an eye on the classics, McBride wrote the songs that eventually became Morning in Glen Burnie, a modern album steeped in an old-school blend of Americana, blues, soul and pop/rock. Many of the songs were inspired by Nashville, the town where he launched his music career in the early 2000s. McBride recorded Morning in Glen Burnie closer to his hometown, though, setting up shop just outside of Boston. Another Beantown native, Kimon Kirk (Grant-Lee Phillips, Aimee Mann), signed on as producer.
“We recorded at Dimension Sound Studios with Dan Cardinal as the engineer and the band was a group of incredible Boston-area musicians, Billy Beard on drums, Kimon on bass, Lyle Brewer (guitar) and Tom West (organ) among others.” McBride says. “Many of the tracks on the album are either the second or third attempt of the song. We’d go over the forms together in the mixing room, talk about the vibe of the song together, and then we’d go play it. Just painless, and a lot of fun.”
The result is a breezy, classic-sounding record that splits the difference between all of McBride’s influences, from the country sway of the Mavericks to the crooning pop of Sam Cooke. It’s the sound of a singer/songwriter working with a well-oiled band. It’s already begun gathering its own buzz, too, with the Mid-Atlantic Songwriters Association awarding its prestigious Gold Prize to the album’s first track, “But I Don’t Care.” as well as being nominated for Album of the Year and Song of the Year in the 2013 Wammie awards (Washington DC Area Music Awards).
The Boston native has logged over 400 shows across the country over the past few years, has performed at CMJ, Folk Alliance & SXSW and his songs have been featured on AAA-radio stations across the country as well as within print and on-line magazines like American Songwriter, Daytrotter, Relix Magazine, XEX Magazine among many others. McBride has recently shared the stage with notable acts such as Dawes, Lisa Loeb, Valerie June, Kevn Kinney, William Elliot Whitmore, Charlie Mars, Will Dailey, Ellis Paul, Futurebirds & Kingsley Flood among others.