Greetings! There is much to tell and I will be succinct in respect to your busy schedule.

GOVERNMENT CHEESE will be at the MERCY LOUNGE in NASHVILLE, SATURDAY AUGUST 23rd and at HEADLINERS in LOUISVILLE, SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 27th. Tickets can be had at their websites. (mercylounge.com and headlinerslouisville.com.) Your attendance will be a big help because the shows are fundraisers for RECORDING A NEW ALBUM with the legendary BRAD JONES producing. Here’s our new edition of BEHIND THE CHEESE.

I am putting on my FIRST EVER INTERNET CONCERT THURSDAY AUGUST 7th at 7:30 PM CENTRAL TIME. You can watch me from the comfort of your home or via your phone or tablet wherever you are. The fee for attending is WHATEVER TOU WANT TO PAY, and through the wonders of technology, I’ll be able to take requests and respond to your comments. Go to this link to reserve your digital seat. 

Coming up THIS WEEK. On WEDNESDAY JULY 30th, it’s the TOMMY WOMACK & BILL LLOYD SHOW at the FAMILY WASH in EAST NASHVILLE. (Familywash.com). It’s an electric full band show – Bill and I trading songs back and forth with MIKE VARGO on bass and FENNER CASTNER on drums. 8 PM. – Then, the next night, THURSDAY JULY 31st, it’s the EAST NASHVILLE RADIO BENEFIT at the 5 SPOT. It’s a happy hour show, 6-8PM, featuring the stellar IRENE KELLEY, AMELIA WHITE and me. (eastnashvilleradio.com) Then SATURDAY AUGUST 2nd I’ll be at the GREEN DRAGON at 26 W. Center St. in MADISONVILLE, KY. 8pm.

DADDY (WILL KIMBROUGH & TOMMY WOMACK) takes wing soon! SATURDAY AUGUST 9th will be a FULL BAND DADDY SHOW at ARTS ON MAIN just up the road in SCOTTSVILLE, KY (?pm) and then SUNDAY AUGUST 10th we’ll be doing a DUO SHOW at NATALIE’S in WORTHINGTON, OH. (nataliescoalfiredpizza.com)

I’ll wrap this up by reminding you that CHEESE CHRONICLES is still available as an E-BOOK on amazon and other digital booksellers for only $2.99, an incredibly low price for all the debauched profanity you can stomach. That’s all for now. I’ll see you at the gig. TW

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Tune in for another thrill-packed episode with your favorite 50-ish slop rockers, as they talk about their UPCOMING SHOWS in NASHVILLE (8/23) and LOUISVILLE (9/27). Click on this LINK to immerse yourself in viewing pleasure. We’ve been rehearsing and commiserating and cogitating and we know – we KNOW – that this time, THIS TIME, we’re gonna make it big, and we’re taking you all with us.

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Dear friends, 

I will be doing a live webshow on Concert Window, which starts at 8:30pm EDT on August 7. Wherever you are in the world, you can tune in! I’ll be taking requests and answering your questions. You can purchase online tickets on a pay-what-you-want basis starting now at http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/7852-tommy-womack. The webshow will not be available after the live broadcast. I hope you can join me! 

- Tommy Womack

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Howdy,

I hope this missive finds you safe and warm. I'm about to hop in the car tonight and make the first leg of a journey to Indianapolis to play a corporate party, just in time for another blizzard. So, if this is the last time you ever hear from me, it's been wonderful knowing you.

I'm playing in LOUISVILLE this SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH at the RUDYARD KIPLING with the wonderful DANNY FLANIGAN. then the following TUESDAY the 11th, I'll be at the BLUEBIRD CAFE in NASHVILLE with WILL KIMBROUGH, BONNIE BISHOP and AMY BLACK. Then, the following FRIDAY the 14th I'l1 be at the RED LIGHT CAFE in ATLANTA with DAVID OLNEY and ADAM KLEIN. The three of us will play the next night as well, the 15th, in ATHENS, GA, at the FLICKER THEATER AND BAR. I'm very excited to play Athens for the first time since Government Cheese. It's a crime that it's been this long.

I just got back from a terrific month in Seaside, Florida, where I was an artist-in-residence with the ESCAPE TO CREATE program. I had a wonderful time along with several great artists: pianist MARK LOWREY (who stunned me with a jazzy piano interpretation of "Nice Day") illusionist/magician JEANETTE ANDREWS, journalist CYNTHIA BARNETT, visual artist JENNY KRASNER, and filmmaker ELAM STOLTZFUS. I'm greatly indebted to the program and MARSHA DOWLER and KAREN HOLLAND. Thanks also to CLAIRE BANNERMAN, KEN STAHL, MATT BYRD, DHIRU THADANI and CHRISTOPHER MANSON.

As a result of my retreat in Florida, I have completed a second draft of a new book, which is very exciting. The working title is SAY THIS LIFE AND LET IT BE ENOUGH FOR ONCE. That's a line from a poem by JOE BOLTON, a brilliant poet who I went to college with and who died tragically nearly 25 years ago. The book's a memoir, and encompasses territory from my life before CHEESE CHRONICLES and life since then as well. Now, a second draft doesn't mean it's done, but it's a hell of a lot further along than it was. You never finish writing a book – you abandon it. And when I do, I'll be interested in shopping it to major publishers. It might not come to anything, but if I don't try, I won't know.

I have tentative plans to work some more on my next record in April when ROSS RICE comes to Nashville, so it looks like I will be working toward a book release and a record release pretty much simultaneously. We'll see what happens with all that. I'll certainly keep you updated.

Lots of you will be excited to know that GOVERNMENT CHEESE are working on material for our first record in over 20 years. There is no timetable for a release, but we'll record as soon as we have the material and it's feasible to all get together and do it. Will Kimbrough and I are also in the early writing stages of the next DADDY record. (Will's new record, SIDESHOW LOVE, is a gem. Go get it.)

COMING IN MARCH AND APRIL, I will have dates in NORWALK, CLEVELAND and COLUMBUS, OHIO, KANSAS CITY, OSAGE BEACH, MISSOURI, ST. LOUIS, COLUMBIA, SC, and more to be announced. I may not get the dates updated on my Reverbnation page today, but they're all up already on TOMMYWOMACK.COM.

Well, I must pack and load the car and head to my mother in law's house in Horse Cave, Kentucky, from whence I'll plot my snowy assault on Indianapolis Wednesday. Wish me luck, God bless you and stay warm.

Tommy

 

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‘Tis The Season!

December 5, 2013

How do!

Just a quick note to say hello and I hope you’re slipping easily into this festive season. I hit the road this morning for my final swing of the year, headed for St. Louis (12/6) (Doghouse Concert Series), Des Moines (12/7), Pomeroy, Iowa (12/8), Indianapolis (12/10), Newport, Kentucky (12/11), Nashville (12/12), Columbia, South Carolina (Cathy Stayman House Concert Series) (12/13), Chattanooga (12/14), Madisonville, Kentucky (12/27), and Nashville. (please check out my tour dates for more information.)

I hope you had a great November. I got home from Scandinavia at the beginning of the month and took a couple of weeks off, then I hit the road for a string of gigs from Omaha to Kansas City, St. Louis to Charlotte, Nashville to Bowling Green, KY, and other places. I had great fun sitting in with the Sons Of Zevon, playing duo gigs with Bill Lloyd, playing an awesome gig with Daddy on my birthday, and having a face-melting punker rocker time with my Clash cover band, Tommy Gun.

Looking to the new year, I’m excited to be relocating (for a month) to Seaside, FL to be an Artist In Residence with the Escape To Create foundation. From 1/6 to 2/2, they’re putting me up in a bungalow and paying me a small weekly stipend to just sit there and write. My goal is to come away from that experience with a brand-new finished book. I can see the book in my head, and it will be a kick to get it out of my head and onto paper. While I’m down there, I’m also looking forward to playing the 30 A Songwriters Festival, which is always a good time.

I promised myself I draw this epistle to a close when Rachel Ray came on and this line of demarcation has been crossed. I look forward to seeing all of you out on the road, one at a time, so we can have a decent, meaningful conversation.

God bless,

Tommy

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It’s My Birthday!

November 20, 2013

Howdy

It’s that time of year again: The anniversary of my birth, which happened November 20th, 1962. Yep, I’m 51 trips around the sun now and let me tell you it beats the alternative. Life is good, cool stuff is going on and I have a passel of shows before I roll up the sidewalk in mid-December, fight the holiday crowds with the rest of you and gird my loins for 2014.

I have shows this week, next week and the week after that. Tonight (Wednesday November 20th) I’m at the Basement in Nashville with my band Daddy, manning the helm with my buddy Will Kimbrough, then Thursday night I’m in St. Louis at the Off Broadway, Friday night in Kansas City at Knuckleheads and Sunday afternoon in Omaha at the Side Door Lounge. Check out the tour dates below and you will see that in the coming weeks I’ll be in Bowling Green, KY, Indianapolis, Newport, KY, Des Moines, Pomeroy, IA, house concerts in St. Louis and Columbia, SC, Madisonville, KY, back in Nashville at the Family Wash, at the Basement with my Clash cover band Tommy Gun, and hosting the Imagine No Gun Violence benefit at 3rd & Lindsley on my wedding anniversary December 12th. (I’m a hopeless romantic. Heavy on the hopeless.) In 2014 I already have shows booked in Louisville and for the first time in donkey’s years, Athens, GA. (Ort, I’m coming to see ya!)

I’ll be spending the month of January in Seaside, FL as an Artist In Residence with the Escape To Create Foundation. They’re putting me up in a bungalow and paying me a weekly stipend to sit and write, and write some more, and some more, and God Willing finish my next book, a memoir which will (in some ways) pick up where ‘Cheese Chronicles’ left off. Expect lots of humor, some pathos, and just enough profanity to keep the kids entertained. And while I’m down there, I’ll be playing the 30-A Songwriters Festival January 17th thru the 19th. If you can at all make it, it’s a great time, assuming you like songwriters. (And if you don’t, you’re probably not reading this.) For more info, go to https://www.facebook.com/30asongwritersfestival?fref=ts

If you’re looking for that special holiday gift for that hard-to-shop-for someone, look no futher. I have copies of my last two records (‘There I Said It!’ & ‘Now What!’), my two books (‘Cheese Chronicles’ & ‘The Lavender Boys & Elsie’), and while they last, copies of the two Daddy records (‘At The Women’s Club’ & ‘For A Second Time’) and my live long-player from from 2002, ‘Washington DC’. The Government Cheese 2-CD set is sadly sold out for now, but I’ll make that right by hook or by crook in the new year. Last but not least, no home is complete without a commemorative ‘Monday Morning Cup Of Coffee’ mug, featuring my logo and ‘Don’t let the bastards get you down!’ slogan. Records are $15, books and cups are $20 and as always in Tommy Womack Land, there is no shipping charge. (Though for international orders, I do ask you please add an additonal $3 per order.) You can send checks or money orders to PO Box 41954, Nashville, TN 37204, or paypal me at tommywomack@bellsouth.net.

It’s been a very good year. There were exciting tours of Ireland & the UK (with the amazing Ben Reel) and a recent month-long swing through Scandanavia (with the wonderful Sophia ‘Slow Fox’ Henricsson & England’s Peter Bruntnell), free-lance writing assignments for the Oxford American and the East Nashvillian (including my regular ‘East Of Normal’ column in the latter), and always gigs, gigs, gigs. (I gotta eat!) Speaking of the Oxford American, check out December’s Music Issue on the accompanying CD, which will contain my song ’25 Years Ago.’ In 2014 you can look forward to a record from Todd Snider’s new band, the Hardworking Americans, which features mine & Will Kimbrough’s tune ‘I Don’t Have A Gun’)

Perhaps the best thing all year was in May when HR at my day job came down on me and said I could no longer take time off to play gigs unless it was vacation time; and since I don’t get 45 weeks of vacation time a year, this was a problem. Thus, I had to quit. I took a Wesleyan Leap Of Faith off the cliff and never looked back. And we’re getting by. We’re not rich, but the lights are turned on, I haven’t skipped any meals and I don’t know when I’ve ever been this happy. Also in May, I sealed a deal with new representation: Bill Hutchison Management. (He also manages Peter Case, so you know he’s cool.) You can reach him for bookings and other stuff at bhutchi@columbus.rr.com.

As always, tune in every monday morning at tommywomack.com, or any of my facebook pages, for the Monday Morning Cup Of Coffee: my weekly round-up of observations, witticisms, the occasional song, and goodwill, all over a morning cup of joe. Send me a cup and I’ll use it on the air. Write me letters and I’ll answer them. Join the fun. (And that’s what this is all about – fun.)

Put yourself down for a gold star if you’ve read all this. God bless you. I hope to see you somewhere out there on this big blue marble.

Peace, love and grits!

Tommy

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Ben Bullington – “Here’s To Hopin”

October 5, 2013

Ben is the real deal. Was a doctor for years and years and one day said to heck with it, I’m gonna be a singer songwriter, and he never looked back. Lovely guy. I’ll respect his privacy and just say that he could use your healing thoughts and prayers as he gets closer to a [...]

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Been a While!

October 2, 2013

Howdy! I hope this missive finds you fit and fettle. I’m about to hop on a plane for Sweden. I’ll be there (and Norway) ’til 10/27. When I get back there are lots of exciting gigs. Headlines: Bill Lloyd and I are coming together for a band show with Keith Brogdon and Mike Vargo for [...]

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Get your very own Tommy Womack Monday Morning Cup Of Coffee mug.

September 24, 2013

Get your very own Tommy Womack Monday Morning Cup Of Coffee mug. $20. No shipping charge. Paypal accepted, tommywomack@bellsouth.net. Send check or money order payable to me at PO Box 41954, Nashville, TN 37204. Plastic accepted, message me for details.

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There Are No Words By Tommy Womack

September 11, 2013

There Are No Words By Tommy Womack In June 2001, Beth came to an agreement with NewsChannel 5 that she would step down as the morning news anchor. The deal was sweet: the rest of the year severance paid. We figured up a plan we considered airtight. She would spend the first three months at [...]

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