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Musical Pictures

by Tom Smith

Uniquely original contempory guitar and banjo instrumentals utilizing slide work, alternate tunings, and fresh musical viewpoints to create a music that reflects life.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Paper Dragons
4:08 $0.99
2. The Way Things Are
3:20 $0.99
3. Boats
4:23 $0.99
4. Leprechaun
2:43 $0.99
5. The Wind In My Mountians
4:55 $0.99
6. Castillios
2:53 $0.99
7. Paco
1:45 $0.99
8. Like Roses
3:04 $0.99
9. Tortega
3:51 $0.99
10. Somehow Victorious
3:52 $0.99
11. Porpoises
3:07 $0.99
12. Little Jewel
2:19 $0.99
13. New Beginings
4:12 $0.99
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Tom Smith has been making music for more than three decades. His unique style has caught the ear of music critics throughout the country. His contemporaries have lauded his playig skills since he came onto the Northern California folk scene in the 1970's. He has performed from one side of the country to another in venues as diverse as the music he plays. He has shared stages with artists such as Odetta, John Hammond, Michael Hedges, Robin Ford, Tuck and Patti, Dave Van Ronk, John Fahey, Jessee Winchester and Todd Phillips.

Tom has a style all his own. It reflects the influences of jazz, blues, country as well as classical composers. With influences that include Beethoven, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Tuck Andress; Tom has followed a path that is original and heartfelt.

His performances take audiences on a creative tour through the world of their own imiginations. From dancing leprechauns and rose-scented evenings to the darker and mysterious places that live within us all. Tom creates sonic images with his guitar and banjo, creating "musical pictures" for his listeners. He creates a unique musical universe and helps his audience explore it.

In his book "American Guitar", author and composer Maurizio Angeletti said that Tom "...is completely free from the barriers of commercial music...the playing is, and couldn't be other than a reflection about life, and the conceptual transcription of it into music..."



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Laura T Lynch of Kweevak.com

Colorful !
Todd Smith draws inspiration from jazz, country, classical and the blues. He paints musical pictures in his well-constructed songs. Tom is a proficient player crafting beautiful instrumental ballads with soulful interpretations and visual effects. Musical Pictures is a terrific thirteen-track collection featuring the slide guitar, finger picking, banjos and alternative tunings. All these musical montages are played on instruments that Tom built, therefore, there is an even deep intimacy and majesty to his music. I enjoyed the entire CD as a whole but of particular note was 'Leprechaun' a dancing instrumental with upbeat banjos and plenty of Irish musical history and 'Porpoises' which flows on majestic guitar chords and smooth acoustic tones that capture the feel and tone of the ocean. This CD is diverse and captures a variety of moods and playing patterns. Tom is a skilled contemporary guitar player and producer creating magical music.

Betty Dilley

Tom Smith is in harmony with the guitar, master musician.
Both Tom's CDs, Musical Pictures and Little Dog, are two that we can listen to over and over again. It's like he's one with the guitar and the music. I hope he cuts some more CD's and soon.