Tom Sheehan | East West (We Are America)

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East West (We Are America)

by Tom Sheehan

Theme song for the East West Shrine Game (college football bowl game). All profits benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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Album Notes
John Schoenberger, Adult Album Alternative editor of Radio & Records, put it best: “Tom Sheehan is an artist that you need to know about.”

Songwriter Tom Sheehan is to popular music what director Oliver Stone is to film. Tom's evocative songs find their roots in the news, human relationships and the world around us—with a very apparent point of view. His writing is emotional and insightful, casting new light on familiar events, people and issues. And while certainly not the first to fuse social commentary with rock music, Tom does so from a unique perspective—an insightful point of view tempered by experience.

Not surprisingly, Tom’s 19 North Records releases, Where You Are (1998), Film at Eleven (2000), and Confession in the Back Room (2006) are not your typical pop music fare, blending hook-laden music with evocative, cinematic lyrics.

Around the country, radio has embraced Tom's work. At Adult Rock and Major College Radio, both Where You Are and Film at Eleven gained fast with over 335 Adult Album Alternative (AAA), Adult Contemporary (A/C) and Major College radio stations playing the albums.

At Adult Contemporary (A/C) radio, the single “It’s Only Love” from Film at Eleven was the #2 Most Added song on the FMQB-A/C chart in its first week of release, peaking at #34 on the FMQB-A/C chart and at #17 on CMJ—a bonafide nationwide hit.

Additionally, his first album, 1998’s Where You Are , spawned two AAA radio hits: Die Like Elvis, an infectious Memphis-blues rocker, and the ethereal title track which grew out of the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Tom’s records also receive substantial airplay in Europe.

The trade press has heaped critical praise on Sheehan, as well. The now-defunt radio industry trade magazine, Gavin, said, “Sheehan’s cinematic approach to the music is what makes it stand out. Each song is like a screenplay…well-crafted…melodic.” Album Network, said “Just like the nightly news, Tom Sheehan delivers.” And The Friday Morning Quarterback said, “Like a painter, Tom Sheehan uses his words and music to let you see the big picture...that’s what makes it stand out.”

Live, Tom’s rare live performances present an intimate, acoustic experience of the songs on Where You Are, Film at Eleven and Confession in the Back Room as well as always a few surprises. His live performances are in many ways even more powerful than the studio versions, with stripped down treatments that bring his insightful, and often chilling, lyrics to the forefront.

He is most at home, though, as a writer...an artist with a gifted vision...and a unique view of the world...an artist that you need to know about.

Film at eleven.

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