Hard to believe but this was recorded 3 years ago while Tom was in Cambridge, Maryland. The music blogDC Setlistpremiered 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.