Thomas Michael Riley

Thomas Michael Riley
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Honored as the Hill Country Entertainer of the Year in 2002 and 2004, Thomas Michael Riley is earning the status of a legend as he writes and sings his own brand of colorful and thoughtful Texas Americana Music. Each performance, Thomas delights fans of country music with his songwriting skills, spirited music and wonderful sense of humor. His ability to capture his audience is pure magic! Having grown up in Buckingham, Texas, tending stock and learning cowboy ways, Thomas draws on his Texas roots, his Christian rearing, and his rich personal experiences to passionately write and sing a very entertaining brand of music. Being raised as one of seven siblings, Tommy says “around our supper table there were the quick and the hungry.” He must have been quick, towering in at 6`6``with a rich baritone voice of many ranges. What began as a pastime in the eighth grade, playing the guitar and singing songs became ingrained after he graduated from college and began life on his own. His first paying gig was a Saturday night in Dallas , when he had to borrow the sound system from his church and deliver it back that night for Sunday services. For fourteen years, Thomas entertained audiences only on the weekends, while working full-time to support a family. In 2002, he made the courageous decision to leave the business world and live out his life following his passion to entertain people as a full-time singer and songwriter. Thomas is well-known and genuinely loved by country music fans throughout the Hill Country. He plays frequently in Fredericksburg , Stonewall, Kerrville , Sisterdale, Marble Falls , and Blanco and is a featured artist in Luckenbach each month. He has also been spotted beach bound, playing at The Back Porch, in Port Aransas, TX. These venues are in addition to a growing number of private party bookings. Thomas has written the words and music of more than 500 songs and has recorded seven CD’S. His first big hit song, “Perfectly Normal”, launched his career as a writer and singer of country music. In July 2004, it made Texas Music Radio’s Top 10 and stayed for 26 weeks until reaching #1 on the KVET Austin, TX. charts. In addition to his own CD’S, you will find Thomas` songs on several CDs of Texas legend, Gary P. Nunn. Thomas’ hits also include “Redneck Riviera ”, “Cow Pasture Pool”, “First Things First”, “Nowhere Fast”, “Huntin’ Season”, and “Perfectly Normal ” all written by Thomas Michael Riley. His Country Gospel CD, Cowboy Church , is scheduled for release in July 2005. It is certain to be a fan favorite, and the Thomas Michael Riley legend continues…..
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Average Rating : 0              Total Reviews: 26

Thomas Michael Riley  07/18/2006            
Bernie Goeders
Truely a blessing to all who listen! Great music & lyric by a great human being!
Thomas Michael Riley  12/08/2005            
Cody Weaver
About three years ago I made my first trip to Luckenbach, TX. It was only a two hour drive so I started going on a regular basis. One day a man I didn't know came in and began playing Danny Terry's(local singer/songwriter)guitar. He sang three or four songs, and I was hooked. At that time of had never heard of Thomas Michael Riley, but found out later on that was who it was. Now I have all of his cd's.
Thomas Michael Riley  09/20/2005            
Mr. Riley gave a fun presentation at a private party and this CD is like Randy Travis' first CD. All of the songs are memorable! it is enjoyable to listen to time after time.
Thomas Michael Riley  05/18/2005            
Linda Worley
After listening to the CD, Wild Town Texas, it is my belief that TMR is a jewel waiting to be discovered by all country and western music fans. The lyrics to his songs on this CD are uplifting, catchy, and will stay with you even as you sleep--as I've discovered! It definitely rates an A+.
Thomas Michael Riley  03/28/2005            
Saw him at Luckenbach. What a great show! Wild Town is awesome!
Thomas Michael Riley  03/28/2005            
John G
Solid lyrics and well produced. Maybe his best yet. I don't know what Texas music is if not this. Keep going.
Thomas Michael Riley  03/02/2005            
Been a fan for years. I just saw this guy New Year's Even with John Arthur Martinez and Mike Blakely. What a show! I saw him again last week in Ft. Worth and he is great. Bought the new album - Livin' This Time. Wow! It's great! Susan, you are right - he has been doing only music for a couple of years and you can tell. Hope he makes it big, just not too big!
Thomas Michael Riley  03/02/2005            
Susan G.
This guy is great! He has only been full time music for two years. I knew his stuff when he was still in the working world but he gave that up to do music and is moving fast now. Dale, your info is correct but a few years old. I think he expects to make it big and I can see a huge difference since he went full time music. Good luck Thomas! You have my support. The new album is outstanding!
Thomas Michael Riley  12/10/2004            
Do expect to continue seeing good songs being written by him. Thats his strong point.
Thomas Michael Riley  12/10/2004            
This guy also is a great success in the business world. He's a top level executive. Good music and business savy. But Wayne, I wouldn't be expecting huge things out of him. Really don't think it will ever happen. Don't think he expects it either.
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