Tom Semioli is a news and public relations copywriter, editor, blogger, bass player and journalist - but not necessarily in that order!
Among the publications Tom has written for include: AllMusic.Com, Amplifier Magazine, Counterpunch, Huffington Post, Ink 19, Interview, Minor 7th Magazine, MTV.Com, Rockpile, Shout NY, Spin, VH-1.Com, and the Village Voice...to namedrop a few.
As a publicist, Tom worked with such stellar artists including Bruce Cockburn, Eric Johnson, Dweezil Zappa, Steve Vai, Kelly Willis, Lorrie Morgan, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Ruth Brown, Hal Ketchum, Townes Van Zandt, and Darden Smith - among others.
His music blog, www.vinylmanifesto.com, archives many of Tom's favorite interview features including Ian Hunter, Graham Parker, Barenaked Ladies, Gomez, Allison Moorer, Johnette Napolitano, and many more.
"Being a bass-player,' proclaims UK session ace Herbie Flowers, "is like being a truck driver: you're paid to arrive on time and safely at your destination!" Agreed!
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“Human resilience is a big theme in my writing, for sure - I write about the struggle - my struggle, others' struggles, not to be too depressing, but let's face it, it ain't easy to make it through in this world sometimes…”
Twenty-two years and twelve albums into an acclaimed career that spans two decades, Minnesota’s other notable folk rock bard, Dan Israel, emerges with two extraordinary releases; one that exists in the here and now, and another which traces his storied…Continue
Posted on July 25, 2013 at 12:00pm
Names can be deceiving. Witness guitar ace Mike Locke and his Repeat Offenders – a Dayton, Ohio based blues powerhouse with a rotating cast of players which has been tearing it up, to put it mildly, on the underground American blues scene for over a decade. In a career that has spanned several presidential administrations, Mike Locke has hardly ever repeated himself.
Photo: Mike Locke, Da'Rosa Richardson, James Higgins, Stephen Keith
In the beginning, Mike…Continue
Posted on July 6, 2013 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment
“Aw shucks! Go on!” coos Ellen Foley when I recall the occasion wherein she jumped on stage at My Father’s Place on Long Island, New York on a hot summer evening in 1979 to duet with Ian Hunter whilst guitar god Mick Ronson pumped out riffs as only a platinum-haired ex- Spider from Mars could. I assured her that all the young dudes in the club (myself included) fell in love with her on that starry, starry night.
At that particular moment in time Hunter and Ronson had…Continue
Posted on June 13, 2013 at 11:00am — 2 Comments
By Tom Semioli
"Well it is art if they say it is…" Anthony Haden-Guest.
Music often makes for strange bedfellows. The above-quoted iconic writer Anthony Haden-Guest and noir folk artist Lorraine Leckie would strike most American citizens as polar opposites. He: the legendary reporter, poet, writer and cartoonist renown for his chronicling of socialite life (and death) in New York City in the wild and crazy 1970s. She: the dark princess of the contemporary Greenwich…Continue
Posted on March 17, 2013 at 9:00am