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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“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”…Continue
Posted on January 13, 2014 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments
“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…Continue
Posted on January 5, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments
“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