Mary Jones Booking and Management

Tom Brosseau

Availability

Spring 2017

Artist Biography

Tom Brosseau, an LA-based progressive folk artist and Grand Forks North Dakota native, has a voice that has been called "totally earthbound and at the same time sorta out there in the ether." (NPR's All Things Considered).

Tom Brosseau's album North Dakota Impressions, released in 2016, completed the trilogy of albums, starting with Grass Punks (2014) and Perfect Abandon (2015).  The album was recorded in Silverlake & Eagle Rock California by Sean Watkins (Watkins Family Hour & Nickel Creek).

John Parish produced the 2015 LP, Perfect Abandon,  Tom on acoustic steel string guitar, with David Butler on the 2-piece drum kit, Joe Carvell on double bass, John Parish on organ, and  Ben Reynolds on Stratocaster.  All to one mic, live at The Cube and Toy Box Studios, Bristol UK. Recorded by Ali Chant.

Grass Punks, Tom's first solo LP in 5 years, released in 2014, was also recorded by Sean Watkins. Acclaimed by NPR, MOJO, Pitchfork, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Rockerilla.

Tom and John C. Reilly duet for a Third Man Records vinyl called John & Tom.  Jack White's label released the 7' vinyl single of John & Tom singing 2 classic songs by The Delmore Brothers in 2011. Tom, John and Becky Stark perform as John Reilly & Friends with other talented musicians.

Tom performs the lead role in Andrew van Baal's short film, Wonder Valley, filmed entirely on location in Los Angeles and California desert communities Wonder Valley, Joshua Tree & 29 Palms by cinematographer Justin Kane.  Wonder Valley features Mercedes Manning and Jamieson Rhyme, was written by Patrick Strange & produced by Helen Vonderheide.

Tom's 2009  full length studio release,  Posthumous Success,  was produced by Ethan Rose (Small Sails) and Adam Pierce (Mice Parade).  Posthumous Success (named after a chapter from a biography of Albert Camus), is a sprawlingly lovely album. The cover photograph is by Autumn de Wilde.

His earlier album Cavalier, the 2007 travelling companion to Grand Forks, was produced by John Parish & recorded in one week in Bristol England. London Sunday Times (UK) gives Cavalier 4 stars and Pop CD of the Week honors. Cavalier cover art is inspired by the Black Sparrow Press book covers for John Fante and Charles Bukowski.

Tom was invited by the Los Angeles Times to be a guest contributor to the Times new music blog, Soundboard, to record his SXSW 2008 experiences.

You can see Tom Brosseau, along with many other amazing performers, in the Andrew van Baal documentary about the famed LA club Largo.

Tom has performed in many wonderful places & with many talented musicians, including dates with PJ Harvey and John Parish, in Japan with Mice Parade, in Australia with John Reilly & Friends. He has taken the stages at the the Brighton Festival, the Good Life Experience, End of the Road, and Bestival - all in the UK - 2 Claques in Lausanne Switzerland, Crossing Border festival in Den Haag NL, several SXSWs in Austin TX, Sasquatch and Newport Folk Festival.

Discography:

2016: North Dakota Impressions, Crossbill Records, recorded & produced by Sean Watkins, recorded in Silverlake and Eagle Rock LA CA

2015: Perfect Abandon, Crossbill Records and Tin Angel Records, produced by John Parish, recorded by Ali Chant at The Cube and Toy Box Studios, Bristol UK

2014: Grass Punks, Crossbill Records and Tin Angel Records, recorded & produced by Sean Watkins

2011: John & Tom, Third Man Records, 7" vinyl single, duet with John C. Reilly of The Delmore Brothers' songs, "Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar" b/w "Lonesome Yodel Blues #2"

2011: Rarities: 2002-2011, limited edition release of previously unrelased live and studio tracks, including tracks with German pianist Hauschka, with Cindy Wasserman, and with Shelley Short and Ethan Rose.

2010: Les Shelleys, FatCat Records, with Angela Correa, recorded by Tom Brosseau in his LA bungalow & produced by Les Shelleys

2009: Posthumous Success, FatCat Records produced by Ethan Rose and Adam Pierce

2007: Cavalier, Fatcat Records produced by John Parish

2007: Grand Forks, Loveless Records, produced by Gregory Page and John Doe (X,The Knitters). Duet with John Doe, Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is featured on 2 tracks.

2006: Empty Houses Are Lonely, Fatcat Records

2006: Tom Brosseau, aka The Blue Album, Loveless Records, re-mastered, re-issue of 1st recording with 5 bonus tracks

2005: What I Mean To Say Is Goodbye, Loveless Records, on the Chicago Tribune's Best Recordings of 2005 list, along with LCD Soundsystem, MIA and Kanye West.

Selected Press

The voice is unmistakably in its own class—a high, plaintive, almost feminine cry—and the beautifully sparse songs sound as if they could've fit on Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music.

-- Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune/NPR Top 10 of 2005