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 www.appaloosafestival.com for all the details about the event including set times and directions.
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.
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.
Group shot outside the studio.
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.
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.
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.
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: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/729225
Looking forward to returning to NYC tonight!!
Playing back at Rockwood Music Hall and in their newer room, Stage 3, at 10 PM.
Tickets are still available over here : http://www.ticketfly.com/event/716361
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.