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About Tom Semioli

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!

Follow Tom on Twitter and he'll lead you to great music and vice versa: @tomsemioli

   

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Tom Semioli shared doug heselgrave's blog post on Facebook
Mar 25
Tom Semioli commented on doug heselgrave's blog post 'Time Passes Quickly: Bob Dylan - The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (CD/DVD Review)'
"Douglas: You echo my sentiments exactly! And you've convinced me to buy the remastered set once again, excellent observations. "
Mar 25
Tom Semioli replied to Joshua Sanders's discussion 'OK...so what does everyone have too say about Bob Dylan doing a car commercial for the Super Bowl?'
"Dylan has no one's expectations to live up to except his own. If he wants to make ads, that's his business --and I stress the word "business." Loved seeing and hearing Bob on the SB --would rather watch Dylan commercials than the…"
Feb 4
Craig Harris commented on Tom Semioli's blog post '"A Little Piece" is Another Side of Ray Benson: Talking with a Legend'
Jan 20
Paul M. Harty commented on Tom Semioli's blog post '"A Little Piece" is Another Side of Ray Benson: Talking with a Legend'
"I've always loved Asleep at the Wheel and Commander Cody since their first efforts. I commend Ray for persisting all these years  and holding the Western Swing  banner aloft. Keep a-going , hubbin' it. ;)  "
Jan 20
Will James commented on Tom Semioli's blog post '"A Little Piece" is Another Side of Ray Benson: Talking with a Legend'
"Ray may think his voice wasn't there at age 20 when his first album dropped (same age as I when I bought it in '73), but I have to agree with Robert Christgau* that it's their finest effort, partly due to the energy that often…"
Jan 17
Craig Harris commented on Tom Semioli's blog post '"A Little Piece" is Another Side of Ray Benson: Talking with a Legend'
Jan 17
Craig Harris commented on Tom Semioli's blog post '"A Little Piece" is Another Side of Ray Benson: Talking with a Legend'
"That's what I like about the West.  I'm posting  photos from my archives and updates about my upcoming book, "The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music" - out April 16th - on Rowman & Littlefield…"
Jan 17
A blog post by Tom Semioli was featured

"A Little Piece" is Another Side of Ray Benson: Talking with a Legend

“I always loved rock ‘n’ roll…blues…jazz…but I didn’t want to get too far away from the Western Swing thing with Asleep at the Wheel. But now, I figure I’d better do what I want to do musically…and I can do it very well…better than most!”Bruce Springsteen, John Mellancamp, Tom Petty, and Bob Seger, to name a few distinguished senior heartland rockers, need not worry –despite the fact that Ray Benson can hang with the best of you.  Mr. Benson, who was “Americana” before the brand was likely…See More
Jan 15
Garrett Cash commented on Tom Semioli's blog post '"A Little Piece" is Another Side of Ray Benson: Talking with a Legend'
"Asleep at the Wheel is one of my all time favorite bands, I'm a huge fan of Ray's work and I can't wait to hear this new record. Thanks for the article!"
Jan 14
Tom Semioli commented on Tom Semioli's blog post 'The Heart & Soul of Liverpool Rolls the Dice: Steve O’Connor'
"Stuartstorm: You can purchase Roll the Dice at this link: http://kunaki.com/Sales.asp?PID=PX00Z2SWK4 . It's also available via iTunes and other major download sites. And you can find Steve in Liverpool, buy him a few pints, and…"
Jan 14
Stuartstorm commented on Tom Semioli's blog post 'The Heart & Soul of Liverpool Rolls the Dice: Steve O’Connor'
"Yes I'm very much interested in adding "Roll The Dice" to my playlist in 2014, but how and where to get the CD?"
Jan 14
Tom Semioli posted a blog post

"A Little Piece" is Another Side of Ray Benson: Talking with a Legend

“I always loved rock ‘n’ roll…blues…jazz…but I didn’t want to get too far away from the Western Swing thing with Asleep at the Wheel. But now, I figure I’d better do what I want to do musically…and I can do it very well…better than most!”Bruce Springsteen, John Mellancamp, Tom Petty, and Bob Seger, to name a few distinguished senior heartland rockers, need not worry –despite the fact that Ray Benson can hang with the best of you.  Mr. Benson, who was “Americana” before the brand was likely…See More
Jan 13
A blog post by Tom Semioli was featured

The Heart & Soul of Liverpool Rolls the Dice: Steve O’Connor

“All of my songs are written from the heart” confesses singer, songwriter, recording artist and poet Steve O’Connor. “Some from pure experience…others from keen observation.”In a musical landscape thoroughly fractured by way of multiple streaming outlets, massive media libraries such as iTunes, the proliferation of video sharing domains including YouTube and Vimeo, the limited resurgence of vinyl, the dwindling appeal of compact discs, and the loss of brick-and-mortar music retail outlets, to…See More
Jan 11
Tom Semioli posted a blog post

The Heart & Soul of Liverpool Rolls the Dice: Steve O’Connor

“All of my songs are written from the heart” confesses singer, songwriter, recording artist and poet Steve O’Connor. “Some from pure experience…others from keen observation.”In a musical landscape thoroughly fractured by way of multiple streaming outlets, massive media libraries such as iTunes, the proliferation of video sharing domains including YouTube and Vimeo, the limited resurgence of vinyl, the dwindling appeal of compact discs, and the loss of brick-and-mortar music retail outlets, to…See More
Jan 5
Tom Semioli commented on Jim Morrison's blog post 'Garland Jeffreys Speaks the Truth'
"Akin to Bob Dylan, Bruce, Ian Hunter, Patti Smith --- Garland is making the best music of his career! "
Oct 1, 2013

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At 7:23am on January 22, 2013, NoDepression said…

Hi Thomas,

Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your recent comments on a couple blog posts here on No Depression. It means a lot to the folks who blog and post other content here to know that it's being noticed and appreciated. Since the majority of content on this site is crowd-sourced, community involvement is what makes everything here on ND possible. So, thanks again for taking the time to post comments - we really appreciate it!

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At 8:16am on December 5, 2012, NoDepression said…

Hey Thomas,

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"A Little Piece" is Another Side of Ray Benson: Talking with a Legend

“I always loved rock ‘n’ roll…blues…jazz…but I didn’t want to get too far away from the Western Swing thing with Asleep at the Wheel. But now, I figure I’d better do what I want to do musically…and I can do it very well…better than most!”

Bruce Springsteen, John Mellancamp, Tom Petty, and Bob Seger, to name a few distinguished senior heartland rockers, need not worry –despite the fact that Ray Benson can hang with the best of you.  Mr. Benson, who was “Americana”…

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The Heart & Soul of Liverpool Rolls the Dice: Steve O’Connor

“All of my songs are written from the heart” confesses singer, songwriter, recording artist and poet Steve O’Connor. “Some from pure experience…others from keen observation.”

In a musical landscape thoroughly fractured by way of multiple streaming outlets, massive media libraries such as iTunes, the proliferation of video sharing domains including YouTube and Vimeo, the limited resurgence of vinyl, the dwindling appeal of compact discs, and the loss of brick-and-mortar music…

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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…

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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.

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