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Sold-out show w. Valerie June @ Sixth and I in Washington DC
October 23 2014

Soundcheck at Sixth and I, Washington DC; October 2nd 2014

Soundcheck at Sixth and I, Washington DC; October 2nd 2014

I have not had a chance to revisit a great show from earlier this month in Washington DC where I opened for the inimitable Valerie June. She put on one incredible show and as one who is often a fellow solo performer, her stage comfort and ability to keep the audience hanging on every song was a true delight to watch. I highly suggest you visit her schedule and find-out when she is traveling again and performing near you. You will be well rewarded indeed.

Sixth and I is a beautiful venue I’ve been in before but never had the chance to perform at. And wow, yeah, just a remarkable venue for a concert and one where even 800 people made it feel incredibly intimate. With an audience that was standing room only and with some incredible acoustics, it was a certain highlight of shows in 2014 for me.

While running through a quick sound-check, I was able to snap a photo of the empty room for posterity that also happened to capture the headliner hanging out in the entrance.



Sold-Out Show w/ Lisa Loeb @ The Hamilton DC
June 23 2014

I had the pleasure of performing with Lisa Loeb at The Hamilton in Washington DC to a sold-out crowd over Memorial Day weekend. The Hamilton has quickly become one of my favorite venues to perform at on the East Coast and the location of the venue is pretty remarkable, about 1 city block from The White House.

A real pleasure of an evening and can’t wait to get back. Here we are after the show.



Morning in Glen Burnie – WINNER @ 2013 ISC AWARDS!!
May 25 2014

It is a true honor to pass along that my song Morning in Glen Burnie was announced among the WINNERS in the 2013 International Songwriting Competition.  A link to a free download of the song is below!

ISC receives over 20,000 song submissions for the annual competition.  Among the judges participating in selecting the finalists are Tom Waits,  Bruce Hornsby, Bernie Taupin, Avicii, Keane, Martina McBride, Jason Isbell among many others. The song received the 2nd place, runner-up award in the Americana category.

More information on the contest and winners can be found over here:


“When You’re All Mine” video, Part 2 of “Live @ Irving St”


Back in late January, I rolled out of the clouds on a cold-Sunday morning and met the guys from the Red Creek Wranglers to record a few of my songs, just because. We already threw-up the lone cover song we played, Willie’s “Angel Flying . . ” and here is song #2 of 4, “When You’re All Mine.” Thanks to Don Kim for the videography and Matt Malikowski up in Boston for the audio mix.   Enjoy.

– tom


Morning in Glen Burnie: FINALIST in 2013 International Songwriting Competition
April 1 2014

When I got news that the song Morning in Glen Burnie was announced as a Finalist in the 2013 International Songwriting Competition in the Americana category, I was in the process of sending an e-mail out to some folks who were involved in the making of the album that the song had been announced as a semi-finalist in the competition.  I literally had to edit the e-mail and the news within it, as new data was arriving in real time.  (Perhaps a small reflection of my tardiness of sending out news to friends.)  Nevertheless, it’s an honor to receive this recognition and to be included along with some incredible songwriters and musicians whose work I admire.  This was a song I had been playing live for nearly 6 months before tracking it in the studio and its developed a bit of a life of its own since.

– tom

Can’t see the link above?  Listen to the track here:


Tom does Willie Nelson cover: Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground
March 20 2014

In 1980 Willie Nelson stared in a romantic-drama film called Honeysuckle Rose.  The soundtrack from the film includes a few original song from Willie, including this gem “Angel Flying too Close to the Ground”.    In January, McBride & the Red Creek Wranglers spent a Sunday morning off of Irving Street in Petworth, Washington DC recording a few of Tom’s originals including this Willie cover.  Enjoy.

Watch the live video here:  Tom does Willie / Angel Flying too Close to the Ground


Morning in Glen Burnie announced as Semi-Finalist in 2013 International Songwriting Competition
March 3 2014


Last week the semi-finalists for the 2013 ISC (International Songwriting Competition) was announced and Tom McBride’s song ‘Morning in Glen Burnie‘ was announced as a semi-finalist in the Americana category.  With over 19,000 entries and from over 100 countries, the ISC is the largest songwriting event in the world.

Check back soon to see if Tom’s song is announced as a Finalist next month.  You can review all the Semi-Finalist nominations at              



Morning in Glen Burnie Nominated For 2 Washington DC Music Area Awards


We were pleased to find out that the nominations for the 2013 Wammie Music Awards were recently announced (Washington DC Area Music Association) and Tom McBride’s 2013 release Morning in Glen Burnie was nominated in 2 categories:

SONG OF THE YEAR :  But I Don’t Care


THANK YOU to everyone that supported this release and for the incredible DC-area music support.   The 28th Annual Wammie Awards will be hosted in Falls Church, Virginia on Sunday February 16th.  More more information on WAMA and the Wammies visit here.


RELIX Magazine / December issue features McBride’s track Morning in Glen Burnie
December 10 2013


This month’s RELIX Magazine (Dec 2013) features Tom’s new album’s title track Morning in Glen Burnie on their monthly music sampler.

You can purchase the magazine at most national chain bookstores (Barnes & Nobles etc) or stream the entire album at the RELIX web-site here:



St. Louis + Daytrotter + Chicago



I’m currently locked down in a Chicago hotel, digging through e-mails and catching-up on some sleep.  Last night I spent my morning driving from St. Louis up to Rock Island, Illinois to visit with the music blog Daytrotter.  I’d been looking forward to visiting with Daytrotter for a long time, and was glad I could make it work with this Midwest tour.  If you are not familiar with their music blog, you should go check it out here:  If you are a music fan, I’m sure you will find dozens (if not hundreds) of artists you like that have sessions posted.

I had some hurdles along the way to make this happen, namely a small blizzard I drove through about halfway up Illinois.  I counted a half-dozen spun out cars along I-74 alone.  With the reality of needing to beat darkness and more snow on my route to Chicago, I spent far less time enjoying Rock Island than I had initially hoped for.  My in-studio show will be posted in a few weeks and I’ll make sure to throw the links on here in good time.


Tonight I’ll be playing in Chicago at Uncommon Ground.  They have 2 locations, the original being a relatively well-known restaurant and intimate music venue.  They expanded to a 2nd location in historic Edgewater a few years back and that’s where I’ll be playing tonight at 9 PM.  It’s a brisk 18 degrees out by the way.


Uncommon Ground, Edgewater Location; Chicago IL

Uncommon Ground, Edgewater Location; Chicago IL


Morning in Glen Burnie


12/04/14 - Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY
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