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Tom performs @ The Circus Life Podcast (11.17.15)
November 19 2015

Last week I drove into Falls Church, VA to visit Cue Recording Studios where the folks at The Circus Life Podcast broadcast their show each week. It was also a walk down memory lane at Cue Recording Studios where I recorded my first EP – Headed For back in 2005. I performed a few songs from the new record Columbia that are posted up on their site.

Listen to “Tremblin’ Again” live in studio at Cue Recording Studios; The Circus Life Podcast

Listen to “Candle Light the Way” live in studio at Cue Recording Studios; The Circus Life Podcast

I was joined in the studio by Miss Virginia 2015 Savannah Lane + hosts Justin Trawick & Sean Russell. You can hear us talk about pyramids, songwriting, beer and beauty pageants here in the full podcast: The Circus Life Podcast

Or listen to full podcast over here at iTunes


Tom McBride, Savannah Lane, Justin Trawick

Circus Life Podcast: Episode #120
. On today’s show we have musician Tom McBride and Miss Virginia 2015 Savannah Lane. We try beer from of a “grunt” from STRANGEWAYS BREWING in Richmond VA and Tom does his best to describe how it tastes. Discussion includes Starbucks Cups, Real Housewives of Potomac, and hidden rooms in old pyramids. Our show is brought to you by our Amazon link, which gives us a piece of your purchase if you click through the sponsor link on our website We have a new sponsor, This podcast is also brought to you by,, Saucony, RCS Photography, and Cue Recording Studios.


Tom performing @ Appaloosa Festival / Sept 5th & 6th in Front Royal, Virginia
August 31 2015

Front Royal, Virignia – For those looking for something to do in the Mid-Atlantic this Labor Day weekend check out the Appaloosa Festival (only 1-hour from downtown Washington DC) a 2-day music, art and outdoor festival with over 20 bands and acts performing Americana, bluegrass, country and folk music in addition to the Festival offering camping, horseback riding, biking, rafting and local craft food and drink. Tom will be performing on the Main Stage on Saturday the 5th. You can check out for all the details about the event including set times and directions.

Appaloosa Festival Poster

Appaloosa Festival Poster


Tom performs at Baltimore Inner Harbor during the Navy Reserve Centennial Celebration
June 16 2015

It was an honor and thrill for Tom to be invited to perform this past Saturday for the honored guests and service women and men in the Navy Reserves as part of the Navy Reserve Centennial Celebration held in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, where he performed both God Bless America as well as his award-winning song Morning in Glen Burnie with a backdrop of the legendary Civil War ship USS Constellation. A special thank you to Commanding Officer CDR Jack Downes for helping make this memorable event happen.


Tom McBride Performs at Baltimore National Harbor during the Navy Centennial



By plane or by pain / California shows announced . . .
April 16 2015

In 2 weeks Tom returns to the West Coast for a brief run of California shows. Tickets are on sale at the venues web-site. For direct links, see below.



Jamaica Plain, MA @ Dimension Sound Studios // Finishing-up new album
February 28 2015

Group shot outside the studio.

Dimension Sound Studios, Jamaica Plain MA

– Dimension Sound Studios, Jamaica Plain MA (Dan Cardinal, Kimon Kirk, Tom McBride, James Rohr, Billy Beard, Lyle Brewer); February 2015


Boston blizzards + Studio Update
January 29 2015

Boston seems to be the center of the news universe these past few days. I managed to make my escape back down to Maryland late last week with about an album’s worth of new material in hand and before this “blizzard for-the-ages” is set to envelop the surrounding region. We shall see what tomorrow brings.

When I hear about Boston and blizzards I think of a photo my mother would show me when I was a kid of her pregnant and looking out a window where the snowbanks piled half-way up the door. It was February in Massachusetts and a moment captured following the historic nor’easter blizzard of 1978. She was pregnant with her third son. A few years later, to my then 6 or 7 year old eyes, this photo documented an otherwise unimaginable amount of snow and as I progressed through childhood, the Blizzard of 78 became a harrowing tale of adventure I loosely associated with my entry into the world. It wasn’t until I was an early teen that I realized every other kid my age and in my class had been a helpless, not-yet-conceived fetus during this exact same period and therefore had no more and no less of a tale of survival of extreme weather conditions than I did. (And I wasn’t born until May!) For the record, and I had to look this up of course, the Blizzard of 78 set a then-record of snowfall with 27.1 inches. This appears to have been broken recently in Boston during the massive nor’easter of 2013. Today, those always so accurate weather prognosticators are predicting a similar level of snowfall. Good luck up there.

Prudential Center

For those who have paid closer attention perhaps, you’ll note this is the second consecutive album I’ve recorded in the Boston area and in fact at the same studio with the same engineer and producer. The recording studio, Dimension Sound Studios ( is located in Jamaica Plain, MA and is actually the reincarnation of a classic Boston recording facility of the same name that was open from the 1950′s to the late 1980′s. It had closed down for nearly 2 decades and remained vacant before Dan and his co-owners reimagined it. (George Thorogood tracked a few of his bigger tracks here, along with the John Lee Hooker cover “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”)

Dan Cardinal is one of the owners of the studio and is the principle audio engineer I’ve worked with on making these last two records. Dan and I, along with producer Kimon Kirk, were just back here last week for a few days completing more material for this not-yet-named release. I left Thursday one-step closer to finalizing the rough tracks and moving on to mixing a new record.

I am grateful for all of you who have supported this Pledge Music campaign so far. We have about 1 full week remaining on this fan-and-friend funded campaign and it means the world to be able to return to the studio and spend a bit more time pulling this album together the right way, while knowing that there is demand in place and that I have your support and appreciation in making this record a success.
talk soon,


Music Rewind: Watch Tom’s acoustic version of ‘O Holy Night’ from DC Setlist’s 2011 DIY music premiere
December 19 2014

Hard to believe but this was recorded 3 years ago while Tom was in Cambridge, Maryland. The music blog DC Setlist premiered this as part of their annual DIY Holiday song series.  Tom tracked and filmed this himself.  Happy holiday’s.


Pledge Music Update:  Album No 3:  Due to your support, we have surpassed the 20% mark on the new album and closing on 25%.  We are now in Week 3 of this fan-funded campaign. Thank you to everyone that has already participated in helping make this new album. 

JOIN ME in making this new album.

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Tom McBride’s new album / Album No 3 / Come join the process @ Pledge Music
December 15 2014

I’m thrilled to pass along that I have begun working on a new record and I want you to join along in the process with me.

While its still very early in the project you can pre-order the album and get exclusive behind-the-scenes access over here at my project site at Pledge Music.  In addition to offering the album ahead-of-time, I’m also offering up house concerts, signed posters, merchandise, previous catalogs of music and rare live tracks as well as signed CDs of the new album among other items that are available for purchase.

All of the funds driven through this campaign are going straight to the costs of making this album.

This will truly be a fan-funded album and I appreciate all the support I have already received in making this happen. We’ve just begun.

This record is currently untitled of course, other than the placeholder of Album No 3 . . as its my third solo full-length album.  I say solo, but in fact I have a full-band with me in the studio once again.  Many of the same folks that were featured on my last album Morning in Glen Burnie. And I have once again enlisted the production support of Kimon Kirk.

For those who were following along with me back in 2012, you’ll recognize the name Pledge Music. I partnered with them on Morning in Glen Burnie and it was a great succes, due in no small part to friends and fans alike who spread the word about this new project.  I am excited to once again offer you all this behind-the-scenes access and have you join me on making this 3rd album.


Returning to Gypsy Sally’s in DC / Sat. December 13th
December 12 2014

Can’t wait to get back to Gypsy Sally’s in Washington DC for our show this weekend.  We are playing on Saturday night and doors are at 8 PM; show starts at 9 PM.  Little Pink will be opening up the evening at 9.  See you soon. Tix below.

Tickets are still available over here:



December 4 2014

Looking forward to returning to NYC tonight!!

Playing back at Rockwood Music Hall and in their newer room, Stage 3, at 10 PM.

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