Woodsmoke Tommy aka ‘Loopy Tom’ introduced himself, and the Treehouse Sessions, with a beautifully simple, yet foot tapping, shoulder swaying beatbox loop.
Only gently embellished with a subtle egg shaker, the intro beat, listeners, and viewers were whisked into a smoky blues joint somewhere downtown, where? It didn’t matter, if he kept playing, no one cared.
With just a duo of semi syncopated chords; left ringing, they extended an invitation for more layers, and the promise wasn’t an empty one. A more than silky fretless bass line, mooching through each beat were contrasted with a delicate dalliance of sax and some truly satisfying, bluesy guitar licks. Tommy’s icing on this rather opulent and blissful cake, were the raw, yet striking fifth vocal harmonies – Simply lush.
All this, was layered together with the deftness and beautifully nuanced touch of a seasoned producer except this; this, was done live, a looping masterclass. Although the first song didn’t officially go to plan as Tommy stated, it was nonethele
ss an intoxicating piece of music, assured and effortless.
Tommy’s enigmatic, emotion rich set, continued with ‘you know you said it’, delicate guitar harmonics prelude to more layers, more loops and the creamy rich tones of probably Tommy’s greatest asset. His voice, yet take nothing away from his truly remarkable craft on so many instruments. The Saxophone, dipped in gorgeous reverb, set the question for a well-argued answer from his acoustic guitar. All of this, after lyrics executed to perfection, lending a message of self-assurance during the ebb and flow of relationship journeys, the constant change and reform that we all experience at some point – The positive assurance to us all perhaps?
‘See you in the dawn’ was introduced as a song inspired by the Director of the show, a song Tommy references to one he ‘rather likes as songs go’, not something you would normally hear from this humble, musical genius. A gentle and very brilliant composition, combining soaring harmonies with a very sing-able hook.
Tommy jokes after the song finishes, about his crocks by a pool in Mexico, ‘It was your light that burned my soul, beside the crystal blue’. This, in itself, reveals the incredible writing skills he possesses.
He also toys with the production crew about this being his last song, then teases on camera that it isn’t, showing his true playfulness, a side of him balancing the emotional weight of such compelling and beautifully written material.
Tommy greets Martin with a hug before the interview begins, clearly there is a mutual connection, verbally exchanged by both, Tommy has love that extends far beyond his music, a gentle, sometimes tortured soul, but never unwavering in optimism. This, is a quality that is worth its weight.
‘I like making nice noises, I didn’t do to well academically, I found instruments I couldn’t play and learned how to.’ This is a thread usually found in the most gifted of musicians, Tommy is certainly not any different.
There aren’t many people who don’t like the smell of woodsmoke, neither should there be many who don’t like the sound of woodsmoke.
Tom brings an air of quiet strength and admirable presence that invites silence and appreciation from a captivated audience. His loops and harmonies rain down on you with a rich silky expression that dwells in his beautiful voice. This man plays a multitude of instruments that most definitely blind the soul and warm the ears with hot toddy licks and lifts that can only adhere you to him.
Woodsmoke Tommy brings you a magical and billowing sense of touching base with the rawness that can be found deep in the chest. You feel as if you are witnessing an intimate expression of self exposure when you watch and listen to Tom. You can be sure that he will hand you a very honest and open performance that will leave you speechless.