who is tom rhodes?
For the last five years, Tom Rhodes has been making quite a name for himself in the Americana scene. His award winning music is as real and honest as it gets. His distinctive voice, road-worn and raspy from years of honing his craft, and inviting guitar work that cleverly masks its complexity, form a warm and welcoming home for his heartfelt and inspiring lyrics.
His recent appearance on season 9 of NBC’s The Voice, marks but a single moment in an incredibly busy 2015. Tom has signed an exclusive licensing deal with Platform Music Group, and his song “Fist Full of Dollars” place 2nd in the Songwriter Hall of Fame 2015 songwriting competition. Tom’s most recent album, With or Without (2014), has also been received with unanimously rave reviews in the United States and abroad.
Having played shows across the US and Europe throughout his career, Tom has steadily built a diehard fan base that has seen him through the release of four independent albums: Tom Rhodes (2004), No Apologies (2006), Better Son (2010), and With or Without (2014). Fans have followed him from small bars in the DC area to venues such as the Walnut Creek Amphitheater in North Carolina, the Paramount Theater in Oakland, CA, and Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. As of 2015, his music has been licensed and used on network and cable TV shows, feature length movies, and commercials across all platforms. Tom’s music can be heard on Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, Grooveshark, curated Americana and Alt-country radio shows, as well as terrestrial radio and internet streaming stations around the world.
Geographical influences are unavoidable, when you've spent as much time in and around some of America’s greatest musical heartlands. Born in Houston, Texas, he moved to the Washington, DC area before heading off to places like Memphis, New Orleans, New York City, and even the Caribbean - each place leaving indelible marks on his eclectic songwriting and performing style. In 2011 he moved to Oakland, CA (where he currently resides), while working on new material and following some of his other passions, including illustration and videography.
When in the Bay Area, Tom plays with his all-star band: Oscar Westesson (Bhi Bhiman, Quiles & Cloud), Andrew Laubacher (Con Brio, Kelly McFarling), and Tim Marcus (Lia Rose, Jessie Bridges), and is often accompanied by The Lady Crooners on background vocals. Tom Rhodes and his band are currently in the studio working on a new album, set to be released in 2016.
Vocals - Guitar / Tom Rhodes
Bass / Oscar Westesson
Pedal Steel - Guitar / Tim Marcus
Drums / Andrew Laubacher & Kyle Caprista
Tom Rhodes live shows
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what the people are saying
With Or Without has been one of the most enjoyable listens I’ve literally had this year and contains an indescribable magic that only a purely authentic & sincere artist could ever attain. Quite simply put – what you’ll hear on this record are the moments that make music the best part of our lives – With Or Without is incredible.
"With Or Without" by Tom Rhodes is one of the most sing-alongable albums I've heard in a good while. The hooks are clever, the rhythms feel good, and the lyrics are infectious. I admire the guitar work on this collection which is clearly a cut above what you get from most singer/songwriters. But it's the good-natured every man attitude I like best about his music.
"Tom Rhodes is a Creature of Limitless Potential..."
"With Or Without, the fourth self-released album from East Bay singer-songwriter Tom Rhodes, has taken the concept of a live album — the attempt to capture that specific face-to-face, performer-audience magic — and distilled it like a fine whiskey. Created over the course of four separate live performances in November in front of intimate studio audiences at San Francisco's own Coast Recorders, the resulting music sounds like you've been snuck into something secret and awesome." -SF Bay Guardian, August, 11, 2014
“With or Without” is a diamond in the rough: an album tasteful, restrained, and devoid of cynicism. It is a beautiful thing to behold.”
“Tom Rhodes rises from his roots on “With or Without” There’s something about the sounds of lo-fi acoustic guitars and lap steel licks that sooth the soul. Tom Rhodes does all that and more in his latest release “With or Without”, telling us stories of truth, while keeping us calm and cool with deep, raspy vocals, organic harmonies, and raw instrumentation. Folk, Country, Americana, and Rock fans alike would enjoy this release from the San Francisco based singer/songwriter. I picture a nice, heavy pour of whiskey alongside this one, but to be sipped, taking in the complexity of the flavors, much like we should take in these songs.”
“Tom Rhodes – Better Son Screw old the system of musicians being at the arbitrary mercy of record companies; Tom Rhodes sells his self-financed albums on the Internet and at live gigs. His sophomore album of alt.country should by rights sell enough to pay the singer’s bills and more. In sound and in merit, it recalls one of the best albums of 2010, Ryan Bingham’s Junky Star. Bourbon-voiced Rhodes must have had confidence in his set of songs: he keeps the album’s best track, the title number, for the finale.”