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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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!