7th July sees the release of Tom Brosseau's eponymously titled debut EP, made available for the first time as a digital download. The EP has hitherto been available solely at Tom's live shows (appropriately titled 'Tour CD'), and this shall still be the case for the physical CD format, highlighting as it does, a number of live favourites. Serving as a concise introduction to Tom's timeless, plaintive, songcraft, the EP also heralds a clutch of European shows just in time for Summer. It also points back to Tom's recent, critically acclaimed LP 'Cavalier', with the inclusion of an alternate take of the acapella 'Darling Cora', and the previously unreleased centrepiece to the EP, 'True To You', with both the aforementioned tracks written and/or recorded during the same period as 'Cavalier'. Live favourite 'Will Henry' is heard in context, live in San Diego, while the two remaining tracks, 'George Washington' and 'Empty Houses Are Lonely' provide two beautiful, emotive alternate takes of these Tom Brosseau staples.
Tom's heartfelt, eloquent songs display an innate affinity or connection to the American blues / folk tradition, recalling the likes of Bob Dylan, through to Woody Guthrie, Mississippi John Hurt and beyond. His songwriting also clearly references the musicality of rhythm and blues vocal groups such as The Inkspots. Limber and vibrato-tinged, Tom's voice hovers between the masculine and feminine. Tom sings of lost love, eliciting literate tales of poetic observation, evoking classic American writers such as John Fante, F Scott Fitzgerald, and John Steinbeck.
Now living in LA, Tom was born and raised in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He comes from a family steeped in music - he grew up in a house with instruments lining the walls, and learnt to play at an early age. He was taught guitar by his grandmother. His grandfather played in a band called Buck and the Buccaneers, that included fiddle and double bass (his grandfather also had a great collection of records). Following High School and graduation from college at the University of North Dakota, Tom started out in earnest at music school, but left after only a couple of weeks - the formal theory just took the fun out it for him. Soon after, he started playing out in his home town, doing his first shows in open mic sessions at a place called the Peanut Bar. Not long after he met a girl at Sundance in Utah who took him to California, and he was introduced to Gregory Page, a San Diego music staple, who subsequently recorded much of Tom's work (as heard on the compilation 'Empty Houses Are Lonely'). Since then, Tom's emergence as an artist into the public view has been steady, winning people over with honest, expressive recordings and performances that behold a simplicity and directness almost at odds with the modern era.
Seemingly as comfortable on stage as off, Tom fully engages with the audience, invoking a hushed reverence from admiring listeners blessed with the intimacy and emotional immediacy of his live performances. His songs have the quality of an intimate conversation at the next table that you can't pull your ear away from. He can be hauntingly moody and atmospheric, or thoroughly heart-warming. Put simply, Tom Brosseau is among the most naturally talented performers we have ever come to know
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