Monday, May 6, 2013

Artists in the New: Tom McBride


Artist News Report and Review by Joseph Timmons: Xombiewoof Magazine

I come across many artists during my searches for great music, many of whom don’t get the press they deserve. With so many talented artists to report to you, I can’t emphasize enough that to do a “Review” does not always do an artist any justice, so I interject interviews, quotes and more, so you get a feel of where they come from and where they are going. I still find myself at a loss sometimes because so many music fans get locked into their favorite music types and many are unsure of new artists or new directions, so I have created this article type Artists in the New, more than a review, not just news and always good music!

8598159924_4c57f055b7Tom McBride, is an artist who has a Blues / Country feel, but does not fall into either category in total. From his bio on his website he tells us the best description of himself. (the following is direct commentary from his website)

BlackCat-682x1024With an eye on the classics, Tom McBride wrote the songs that eventually became Morning in Glen Burnie, a modern album steeped in an old-school blend of Americana, blues, soul and pop/rock. Many of the songs were inspired by Nashville, the town where he launched his music career in the early 2000s. McBride recorded Morning in Glen Burnie closer to his hometown, though, setting up shop just outside of Boston. The result is a breezy, classic-sounding record that splits the difference between all of McBride’s influences, from the country sway of the Mavericks to the crooning pop of Sam Cooke. It’s the sound of a singer/songwriter working with a well-oiled band. It’s already begun gathering its own buzz, too, with the Mid-Atlantic Songwriters Association awarding its prestigious gold prize to the album’s first track, “But I Don’t Care.”

Tom McBride has logged over 300 shows across the country over the past few years, has performed at CMJ, Folk Alliance & SXSW and his songs have been featured on AAA-radio stations across the country as well as within print and on-line magazines like American Songwriter, Spark Magazine, & Bootleg Magazine among many others. McBride has recently shared the stage with notable acts such as Dawes, William Elliot Whitmore, Futurebirds, Ellis Paul, Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed, Ben Taylor and Charlie Mars among others.

“Put really simply,” he sums up, “I just tried to write good songs.”

I have to agree, and so will you that he has succeeded, Morning in Glen Burnie is a collection of works that inspire reflection and contemplation and give a new romanticism to the thought of life in a simpler way of seeing things. With a voice that espouses hope and virtue in every note, this is an album to hear. 

My particular favorite off this album is A Song In My Heart, just the right amount of country mixed with pop and that hard to resist string pickin’ sound that gets your foot tapping.

You can listen to Tom McBride through his website, Soundcloud or Spotify, as well as buy his albums direct.

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