It’s about time that we expand the horizons on what “Radio Friendly” means and get to know some of the artists who make that music that we hear on the radio. David Olney is a songwriter who defies categorization, which […]
Tom House has demons. You can hear it in his music and his voice and especially his lyrics. He sounds border radio and the Great Depression and the backwoods church and probably smells mostly like whiskey or maybe moonshine. He […]
Tom House has a new album out titled Songs Like Dreams… More Like Blood. It is another in a string of recorded triumphs for Mr. House, a step back in time in more ways than one. While I will be […]
Writers fairly consistently and fairly accurately yoke Tom House to tradition — the mineshaft caterwaul of Dock Boggs, for example. But House also seems to occupy his own musical world, a surreal, American primitive landscape full of fleabag beauty, poetic […]
“I woke up hugging myself but I was calling your name.” That image of frustrated isolation fits so many of the trapped souls in Tom House’s work. It leads off his fine new album, Long Time Home From Here; and […]
Middle age may be discovered in that moment when life’s surprises are no longer viewed with hope but with trepidation, when dreams focus on the past, not the future. Tom House’s third and most fully realized album explores what comes […]
On his second album for Checkered Past, Tom House continues to refine his tightly woven working-class narratives that transport listeners to the American South. House’s vocals sometimes remind of John Prine, and his disregard of lyrical meter recalls Lightnin’ Hopkins; […]
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