A cold snowy greeting to you wherever you are. Maybe it’s warm where you live, or maybe you’re really socked in, with two feet (or more) of the white stuff. It’s supposed to creep back into the 50s in Nashville today, so we’re lucky compared to those poor souls on the upper east coast of these United States.

 

So far I’ve gone all of 2016 without saying anything political. But I was at the Tool/Primus concert at the Bridgestone Arena this past Saturday night and I’ll take a cue from Tool’s lead singer Maynard James Keenan. As he said, the only reasonable choices for candidates in 2016 are David Bowie and Lemmy. For now, I’ll go with that; but I reserve the right to start shooting my mouth off at some point in the future when I can’t take it anymore. (And that may be next week!)

 

Speaking of next week, I’m excited to go back to Huntsville, Alabama. Thursday February 4th I’ll be at Humphrey’s at 103 Washington St. NW. The puck drops at 8 PM, approximately, or so I’ve been told.

 

Saturday February 6th I’ll be part of the Nashville Flipside show at the Douglas Corner at 2106 8th Avenue South. It’s a writers in-the-round show featuring me, Chris Gantry, David Olney and Peter Cooper.

 

Now here’s a show that’s different and looks to be a lot of fun. Monday February 8th I will be part of the Nashville Storytellers night, brought to you by the Tennessean, Nashville’s daily newspaper. It will be at The Bistro in the Emma building, 9 Lea Ave, just off Hemitage Ave in SoBro. As the Tennessean puts it, “Nashville Storytellers will begin its series with a diverse set of speakers with an array of experiences and one mutual affection – Nashville.” The night will feature stories told by: Manheet Chauhan of Food Network, Jason Michaels (a magician with Tourette’s – like me!), Jim Myers (the Tennessean food columnist), and from the Thistle Farms program (a great foundation getting women off the street) Anika Rogers and Rev. Bekka Stevens. The Tennessean’s Brad Schmidt will be the master of ceremonies. Doors are at 6, and the storytelling begins at 7.

 

My fundraiser for my upcoming new record NAMASTE is ongoing. Thank you all who have donated. If you’d like to help me out, click here. I’m looking forward to the Folk Alliance convention coming up later in February, and making it quite the Alabama month with upcoming shows in Muscle Shoals and Birmingham. And that’s all the news that is news. Go out and make it a good day. I’m in your corner!

 

Cheers,

TW

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Hello from wintry Nashville, Tennessee. We’re getting our first snow of the season. We’re wimps about it here. Things shut down. Nevertheless, I’m playing tonight (1-20-16) at 6 PM at the Five Spot with the legendary JASON RINGENBERG of Jason & the Scorchers. Jason grew up in northern Illinois. Snow and ice doesn’t scare him. I grew up in Kentucky, so it does scare me a little, but I recently got a cool pair of L.L. Bean snow sneakers and I’ve wanted to try them out, so today is the day!

 

I had a great time at the 30A Songwriters Festival this past weekend. No snow in Florida for sure, but it was certainly jacket weather. The people who have heard NAMASTE so far are seemingly all in agreement that it’s a good one. My NAMASTE FUNDRAISER is ongoing, and I’m inching closer to my goal of $15,000. If you haven’t given yet, I hope you’ll consider doing so, best as you are able. There are different levels of giving, with options to get T-shirts, books, or even a free concert wherever you live in the lower 48 states. All you do is book the venue and get a PA system; I’ll take care of the rest.

 

My mind is blown. Scott Weiland, then Lemmy, then David Bowie, then Glenn Frey, drummers for CSN and Mott the Hoople, Alan Rickman, etc. etc. etc. It makes a guy want to walk the streets saying, “I love you!” to everybody you pass by. Our days are numbered, no matter who we are. There are other less famous people I know who are struggling with health issues, and as sad as it is, I guess it’s part of being a 53-year-old human being. Mortality touches you. That said, I hope you’re enjoying robust health, and I hope you don’t bust your ass on the icy front porch of your house. I’m going to post this and then go back to one of my pet projects this week, learning the electric guitar part of “Waterloo Sunset.” I don’t want my obit to read “He always meant to learn ‘Waterloo Sunset’ but he never got around to it.” What is YOUR “Waterloo Sunset” today? Find it, do it. Don’t let the bastards get you down. Have a rocking day and be safe. Love, Tommy

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Monday, January 11, 2016. Good Monday morning to ya. I got up early today and nearly spit out my first sip of coffee when it came up on the TV that David Bowie is no longer with us. I was never a huge fan but I did respect him greatly, especially the Ziggy Stardust/Transformer/Mott period. He reinvented himself even better than Dylan. Dylan would just change his voice from album to album, but not so much the instrumentation; Bowie would change everything about himself, taking on  a whole new persona, and he never bombed at it! It always worked. Rest in peace Ziggy, you done good.

I had a terrific three-day stretch on the road. First, on Wednesday, I went halfway to Chicagoland and stayed with the delightful Bill and Kim Staggs in Zionsville outside of Indianapolis. (No way was I going to go all the way from Nashville to Evanston on the day of the show, not unless I wanted to show up for soundcheck a drooling, quivering mass of protoplasm.) We listened to NAMASTE on the peerless Staggs stereo system Thursday morning, and that was a special moment. (I really, really, really like my new record.) – Thursday night was the first of three nights that were off-the-chain good. It was at a terrific venue called SPACE, and, thanks to a popular local opening act, it was pretty full, and I managed to keep most of their fans for my entire set and went down really well. – Friday, I played The Old Feed Store in Cobden, IL, opening for Webb Wilder, and went down really well again! – Then Saturday night was at the Angela Kelly House Concert Series in St. Louis, and whaddya know! A terrific gig was had again. I’m on a roll.

That bodes well for this coming weekend. I’m headed from the frigid environs of the midwest for the more temperate realm of the Florida panhandle for the 30A Songwriters Festival. I’m playing two showcases and also a private VIP dinner with Deana Carter, which definitely qualifies as “nice work when you can get it!”

The NAMASTE RECORD RELEASE FUNDRAISER is creeping closer to my goal. (I just got a really nice donation early this morning.) You can still participate and get the record that date of release (which is tentatively set as March 31st, which will be here before ya know it!) as well as T-shirts, books, a free house concert, and other goodies. Don’t miss the opportunity to get that warm fuzzy feeling you get whenever you give a twitchy loquacious bard a nice piece of money.

I made a New Year’s Resolution to update my website once a week. So far so good. Look for the Tuesday Morning Cup of Coffee tomorrow morning and – if you’re going to 30A – I hope to see you this coming weekend.

God bless and Rest in Peace David Bowie. I hope you’re jamming with Lou right now.

Cheers,

Tommy

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Happy New Year! Welcome to the most unwelcome Monday of 2016. Time to get back on that horse. I know. I don’t want to either. But all we can do is embrace it and git ‘er done.

I’ll be playing EVANSTON, IL at SPACE this coming THURSDAY, JANUARY 7th at 7:30 PM. Space is located at 1245 Chicago Ave. I don’t get up to Chicagoland that often so I hope you in that (rather large) neighborhood, so I hope you’ll come out. The next night, FRIDAY, JANUARY 8th, at 8PM, I’ll be in COBDEN, IL at THE OLD FEED STORE with the legendary WEBB WILDER. The address there is 111 N. Appleknocker, Cobden, IL. And then, this SATURDAY, JANUARY 9th, at 7:30 PM, I’ll be in ST. LOUIS at the KELLY HOUSE CONCERT. For more information about that gig (like, how to get there) email kellyhouseconcert@gmail.com.

NEXT WEEK, JANUARY 13th – 17th, I’ll be at the 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL in SANTA ROSA BEACH, FL. I believe there are still tickets available for this incredible event, which features days on end of some the finest, most renowned songwriters in the world. (And for some reason they let me in too.)

Here’s a reminder that my “NAMASTE” RECORD RELEASE FUNDRAISER is still going on. Thanks a million to all who have donated. I’m closing in on having enough cash to budget for radio and press promo, which is so important if you want to put out a record that people actually hear of. I’m looking forward to a Spring release. A select few who have heard the record are confirming my personal feelings that NAMASTE may be the best solo record I’ve ever done. (It’s hard to believe there have been seven of those buggers. I must be old!)

One of my three New Year’s resolutions is to update tommywomack.com once a week, ideally on Mondays, so check back in next week. Now, go take on that world. It’s a new year and a new day! God bless, Tommy

 

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Webcast Concert Tonight!!!

December 17, 2015

At 7:30 Central time tonight, tune in at concert window.com/tommywomack for a special Christmas-like show by me with my stalwart and comely cohort LISA OLIVER GRAY! Admission is whatever you want to pay! Thanks to you all for your support, and I hope the holiday season is setting itself to be a bonzer one for you and yours. Peace and love, Tommy

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Click here for my new video. Even as open-book as I have been artistically, there’s one incident you’ve never known about. In February 2007 I collapsed in the Hillsboro Village Shell station after two days of cocaine, no sleep, and no food. I woke up in an ambulance, was treated and released and even did a road gig one or two days later. And then, the night I got back home from the gig, I copped AGAIN. That’s the disease for you right there. This song, “I Almost Died”, from my next album NAMASTE is lyrically 100% true. It’s exactly what happened that day. I hope by including this bummer of a song on an otherwise upbeat album is that maybe it’ll help somebody in the throes of addiction and let them know that there’s a way out, as I’ve found, thank God. Two weeks after the incident in Hillsboro Village, my “There, I Said It!” record came out, I was on the cover of the Nashville Scene, the toast of the town, and almost nobody knew this had ever happened. Please help my raise the funds for my record so I can carry the message to the addict who still suffers. There IS light at the end of the tunnel, and there IS a way out. God bless, TW

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God Part III

November 24, 2015

Click here to see a performance of another song from my upcoming album NAMASTE. The record drops next spring, and you can help me put it out. Watch the video to see how. I explain it all. At length!!

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Happy Birthday to Me!

November 20, 2015

Greetings! I, Tommy Womack, am 53 years old now, as of 1:30 AM November 20th. If you’re fretting over what to get me, you can CLICK HERE and donate to the record-release crowd-funding effort I’m running to support the release of NAMASTE, the first Tommy Womack solo LP in four years, coming in Spring 2016. I’m looking […]

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Tommy Womack’s Friday Happiness Hour
on East Nashville Radio (November 13, 2015)

November 13, 2015

Tommy Womack’s Friday Happiness Hour, on eastnashvilleradio.com. Special Allen Toussaint Memorial Edition, 10 AM Central with replays at 1, 4, 7 & 10 PM. This week, enjoy… Tiny Tim – Tiptoe Through the Tulips Bobby Bare – The Streets of Baltimore Steve Forbert – Welcome the Rolling Stones Peter Case – Pelican Bay Kacey Musgraves – […]

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Help Tommy Release a Record!

November 10, 2015

Hello there, I hope you’ll stop reading this right now and check out my fundraiser page. I have just completed my seventh solo record – NAMASTE – and you can help me put it out. Let me say first that a lot of people have already been kind to me this year because I was in a horrendous […]

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