Tom Semioli is a news and public relations copy-writer / 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.
As a writer /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.
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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“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 — 1 Comment
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
By Tom Semioli
Stop, look and listen to Jessie Torrisi, the sultry, sexy, super-charged singer / songwriter / guitarist / band leader of Austin trio Please Please Me and you’d think she was born and raised to be a roots rocker ala Shelby Lynne, Lucinda Williams, or Ryan Adams. Now for the truth – she’s from Philadelphia, and made her bones playing drums in one of New York City’s most notorious glam / punk / shock-rock outfits in the 00’s– Unisex Salon. “I woke up one day…Continue
Posted on January 16, 2013 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments