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by Tom Vicson

I'm an old hippie, deeply into country music, with the guitar skills, experience and imagination to advance our American tradition to another level.
Genre: Country: Honky Tonk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Joke's On Me
3:36 $0.99
2. Kissaholic
4:05 $0.99
3. Lucky Fishin' Hat
3:23 $0.99
4. Everyone Cries
3:30 $0.99
5. Lookin' At Linoleum
2:48 $0.99
6. Ends In Y
3:17 $0.99
7. Map Of Love
3:45 $0.99
8. There's A Ghost
4:09 $0.99
9. Nameless Dreams
3:24 $0.99
10. Livin' Under The Rug
3:59 $0.99
11. Your Bait Is Gone
2:33 $0.99
12. Liesurely Drive
2:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
My music is country based, both traditional and new, and has it's roots in bar-rooms and honky tonks. In a nutshell, this is more Bakersfield than Nashville, more Don Williams than Ray Price, more Jerry Reed than Chet Atkins, and more Dwight Yoakum than Mark Chestnut. I like all of those artists and am just trying to describe my attitude.
I've performed with my own "Sidewinder Band" since I started the band in 1979, and also as lead guitarist for The James Theroux Band/ The Road Kill Kings. I've opened for Dwight Yokum, Hank Williams III, Dave Alvin/The Blasters, Wayne "The Train" Hancock, as well as Pete Anderson. The JTBand made it to #9 on MP3 for Western Swing. Hope you like my stuff.
Tunes like "Kissaholic" and "Livin' under the Rug" are more of a rockabilly thing. My goof, "Lookin' at Linoleum" is like an old Bob Wills western swing song ala Stay All Night. "The Joke's on me" is akin to Nashville, circa 1968.
Calling on my bluegrass roots I offer "Map of Love", Lucky Fishin' Hat" and "Your Bait is Gone". (How many songs combine fishing and love, written from the trouts point of view?)"Ends in Y" is a traditional country blues.
I can't figure out what style "There's A Ghost" is, maybe the result of too many hours on stage, but it's one of my favorites. I think most musicians would understand it. "Everyone Cries" has both a new and old feel to it. I was told by one reviewer that it sounded like the Rembrants, but I don't know much of them.

This is your basic Tom Vicson recipe

1. Take a young man, a musician since age 9, with a dedication and a deep love for guitar, from Chuck Berry all the way to Jimi Hendrix.
1/4 cup British Invasion of the late 60's
(Beatles, Animals, Kinks)
1/4 cup American Folk Rock
(Byrds, Lovin' Spoonful, Creedence Clearwater)

2. Get him interested in country music by turning him onto guitarists like Jerry Reed, Don Rich, Roy Clark, and Danny Gatten.
Then Add:
1/2 cup real country music. Bob Wills, Johnny Cash, (we share the same 2-26 birthday), Buck Owens, Don Williams, and Merle Haggard)

Add a pinch of hillbilly humor, irreverance and dry wit.

3. Mix well until the country comes to the top. Put him on stage in honky-tonk bars, five hours per night, five days per week, for twenty years, and hope for the best.
I grew up in Spokane, Washington and Coeur D'alane, Idaho. We didn't have hills. We had mountains, so I guess I'm not a hillbilly. I've spent the last bunch of years in Southern California and don't own a snow shovel.



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John Conquest, 3rd Coast Music

His picking is first class
"The Joke's On Me " could find a place of honor in any honky tonk band's repertoire..."Everyone Cries" is a very well done British Invasion pastiche...Vicson knows what he's doing with them. (guitars)

Fred Sullivan

Great lyrics, wonderful arangements.These really are great songs. This CD rocks. This guy is going places

Janet Sullivan

This is a great CD

David Osborn

Fantastic, Look out Alan and Garth
This is a great CD It keeps your toes tapping. All the songs are easy on the ears and not whiney like some country.It's just a well done CD with great songs.

Rob Heck

Well Done
All the songs are well written and very original. A collection of songs that rivial the top names.I can identify with The Jokes On Me. Thanks and keep those songs coming. Very enjoyable.