Tom Gillam

Tom Gillam
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Tom Gillam died March 20, 2006, returning from a string of dates in Texas and in the middle of recording his fourth LP. He’s doing fine, thank you. There’s a reason his new album is called Never Look Back. He suffered two of three heart attacks on the table in the ER of Virtua Hospital in deepest New Jersey. They were operating to clear his totally blocked aorta the third time; two percent of the men in their 30s and 40s survive similar attacks. Occasionally it pays to be in the minority. None of which means his new album is filled with maudlin songs revealing his new appreciation of life and deep spirituality. (Those are private matters.) Like 2005’s breakthrough Shake My Hand — 14 weeks on the Americana radio top 10, peaking at #4 — for which he received a “Best Emerging Artist” nomination from the Americana Music Association — Never Look Back is a thoroughly entertaining and highly literate burst of classic songwriter-driven rock. After a short recuperation, Gillam returned to the studio (yes, clean and sober; or at least regularly washed) with his long-time band Tractor Pull and producer Joe Carroll to finish Never Look Back. The new album is both an extension of Shake My Hand and a step beyond its promises. “I wanted to make a record that was a bit deeper lyrically than my last few, but at the same time still entertaining on a purely emotional level,” Gillam says. His knack for a strong hook blends the edgier side of Americana with muscular ’70s-style guitar rock. Gillam’s vision is facilitated throughout by his crack band, some of whom he’s played with since high school, all of whom play with effortless and intuitive commitment. Tractor Pull (Craig Simon on guitar; Tim McMaster on bass; Dave Latimer on drums; and producer Joe Carroll on acoustic and baritone guitars) are the perfect vehicle for Gillam’s songwriting voice and slide guitar, gliding effortlessly between straight-ahead rock, moody ballads, and simple acoustic numbers. Echoing the past thirty years of rock history (much of which, to his shame and credit, Gillam has lived), these eleven new songs maintain a fresh and unique sound. Their topics reflect Gillam’s broad interests, from love to love lost, from addiction to current affairs and religion (there is a difference). The song Gillam himself seems most attached to, just now, is “Where Is Bobby Gentry,” a tune inspired by the mysterious ’60s country pop songstress who penned “Ode To Billy Joe.” As Tom tells it, “I found a copy of her first LP in a used vinyl store. After I took it home and listened to it, I was flooded with memories of my childhood and quite taken with her songwriting and singing style. After a while I tried to find out what happened to her after the hits, but found very little info past the late ’70s. The actual song I wrote very quickly; it seemed to write itself. We recorded it maybe a day later.” The song is performed to subtle perfection by Gillam & Co., augmented by a haunting string arrangement conducted by jazz pianist Dave Falciani. The title track, one of two contributions from guitarist Craig Simon, sums it up best: “with no regrets, no debts to pay, there’s nothing standing in my way.” Or, as Tom Gillam puts it, “Honestly, I’d be doing this even if nobody was listening. It’s just what I do.” Let’s hope someone is listening.
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05/17/2006 - Tom Gillam: The Road Back  - Read More
04/05/2006 - Tom Gillam Benefit Concert - May 13  - Read More
03/28/2006 - Tom Gillam - Out of the Hospital  - Read More
03/24/2006 - Tom Gillam - I'm Ready To Rock  - Read More
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Average Rating : 4.9              Total Reviews: 12

Tom Gillam  10/26/2009            
There is a review of Tom Gillam’s new CD, “Had Enough?,” at Country Standard Time’s website:
Tom Gillam  11/08/2007            
mick stanton
this is a great country rock ALBUM in the old-school sense of the word. Tom rocks great with a good Allman-style band. This ones' worth putting on and staying with. lots of texture and variation carrying all the way through, with some serious jams and grooves. tight, rocking, mellow, really great listening. definitely one for the ole long drive.
Tom Gillam  11/07/2007            
john f
Tom and his band are THE BOMB.
Tom Gillam  11/06/2007            
I have seen Tom & Tractor Pull numerous times in the Philadelphia area. He is great! All of his CD's are fantastic, but Never Look Back is my favorite. Can't wait until he comes back home for a visit.
Tom Gillam  10/05/2007            
Saw him last night at Lone Star Music and he rocked. Check him out if you get a chance.
Tom Gillam  06/09/2006            
Jim P
I saw Tom Gillam at the 10th Annual Americana Jam at Gruene Hall,WOW, they were fantastic! Kind of a cross of Marshall Tucker & Allman Bros. Keep jammin the good tunes! Thanks!
Tom Gillam  05/20/2005            
larry zazuskas
just stole the show at gruene last sunday!! (americana jam) his version of the monkees burnt the place to the ground!!!!!!!!! I am now buying my 5th copy of shake my hand to help spread the gospel!!! get it got it good!!!
Tom Gillam  04/23/2005            
Great album from top to bottom, very early eagle like yet original, top tracks for me are: Outside The Lines, Take It Easy On Me, and Andy and Abby, Tom is a great storyteller, pickup a copy
Tom Gillam  03/19/2005            
Hair dude
Nice Hair
Tom Gillam  03/15/2005            
harry lewis
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