Thom Chacon

Thom Chacon

 Durango, Colorado, USA
SoloFolkAmericana

With his current music reflecting a good dose of lifetime experiences, along with the hard-earned wisdom of a man who s paid his dues both on the land and the water, Thom Chacon is now being touted by the press as an Americana original and one of the most important songwriters of our time.

Biography

“I’m living the American dream / Fo’ sho’ / I’m worth more dead Because baby, I owe.”

Thom Chacon could well be the subject for one of his own evocative songs. On his self-titled sophomore album on the Pie label, the Durango, CO, singer-songwriter takes on the “American Dream” in no uncertain terms. Recorded at producer Perry Margouleff’s famed Pie Studios in Glen Cove, N.Y., with Bob Dylan’s rhythm section of drummer George Recile and bassist Tony Garnier, Thom Chacon offers a series of compelling narratives that focus on the forgotten members of society.

Born in Southern California, but raised in Sacramento, Chacon is the son of a Hispanic father, a newscaster who became a public relations executive, and a Lebanese mother, a kindergarten teacher, with five sisters (he was the second youngest). He first showed an interest in music at a young age, offering as proof a tape recording of him singing “Rhinestone Cowboy” as a three-year-old. Thom listened to story-tellers like Glen Campbell, Jim Croce, the Beatles of Rubber Soul and Smokey Robinson on his parents’ record player before picking up a guitar in fourth grade. He wrote his first song at age 16. “It wasn’t very good, but in all these years, I’ve never stopped. It’s something I have to do.”

Seeing Kris Kristofferson wear a harp rack inspired him to don one as well. “If you’re a solo artist, it’s your second band mate,” he says, before adding, “for me, it’s less about my voice and guitar-playing then it is the words and melody, which is why I modeled myself after what he was doing.”

Moving to Los Angeles in his early 20s, Thom originally sought fame and fortune in the L.A. music scene, then quickly realized he needed something more authentic. He took a job on a horse ranch in the foothills of Los Angeles, learning how to ride and take care of the horses.

Eventually, Thom decided to move to Durango, Colorado, seeking more of life’s outdoor adventures, and to concentrate on his songwriting. Thom became a part time fly-fishing guide, and when not on tour, takes people on horseback into the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico for extended camping and fly-fishing expeditions.

The cinematic nature of Thom’s songs comes not only from spending time as a true outdoorsman, but also from a love of movies and vintage television westerns, with a special affection for the films of John Ford, and John Wayne, a favorite of his mom.

Thom’s narrative style is influenced by Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt, among others. He also draws influence from his colorful family history. His second cousin, Bobby Chacon was two-time boxing featherweight champion. “Bobby taught me no matter how hard it gets, you’ve go to get up off the mat and keeping fighting.” His grandfather was deputy sheriff in Silver City, New Mexico and part of the posse sent to capture Billy the Kid!

Thom has gone on to tour around the world, opening for artists as diverse as Los Lonely Boys and Jason Mraz, playing shows in Thailand and India, and even one memorable gig on July 4, 2004 at Folsom Prison, shortly after the death of another of his idols, Johnny Cash. “That was a life-changing experience for me,” he says.

With his current music reflecting a good dose of lifetime experiences, along with the hard-earned wisdom of a man who’s paid his dues both on the land and the water, Thom Chacon is now being touted by the press as “an Americana original” and “one of the most important songwriters of our time.”
2012 finds this dark cowboy balladeer trekking across the States with Los Lonely Boys, bringing audiences songs from Featherweight Fighter, as well as his forthcoming CD Thom Chacon, which will be released March 26, 2013 on Pie Records. More to come.

Lyrics

Juarez, Mexico

Written By: Thom Chacon

Juarez, Mexico

Verse 1 I can see across the border, to the El Paso side
I can hear the music blaring, people laughing in the night
Where I’m standin’ there is a darkness and a red river flows
I am stuck down here in Juarez, Mexico

Verse 2 Tonight I lay near the water, sleep with one eye closed
My finger on the trigger, my other arm around Rose
Got plans for us to leave here, think about it everyday
On a moonless night, me and Rosie will slip away

Chorus 1 I ain’t gonna die in these streets for nothin’
I ain’t gonna starve another day
Made up my mind I’m leavin’
Doesn’t matter where we go
As long as we get outta, Juarez, Mexico

Verse 3 By the time we cross the river, we will be Texas bound
Stay the hell outta Arizona, I heard the law can shoot you down
Find work, an honest livin’, don’t care what people say
We’ll do a better job, work more hours, for lower pay

Chorus 2 I ain’t gonna die in these streets for nothin’
I ain’t gonna starve another day
Made up my mind I’m leavin’
Doesn’t matter where we go
As long as we get outta, Juarez, Mexico

Verse 4 Rosie burns the bacon and chilies, on a hot cedar fire
And off in the distance another funeral pyre
These days I dream of America, and hope someday I’ll go
But tonight I’ll pray for, Juarez, Mexico


Juarez, Mexico

Verse 1 I can see across the border, to the El Paso side
I can hear the music blaring, people laughing in the night
Where I’m standin’ there is a darkness and a red river flows
I am stuck down here in Juarez, Mexico

Verse 2 Tonight I lay near the water, sleep with one eye closed
My finger on the trigger, my other arm around Rose
Got plans for us to leave here, think about it everyday
On a moonless night, me and Rosie will slip away

Chorus 1 I ain’t gonna die in these streets for nothin’
I ain’t gonna starve another day
Made up my mind I’m leavin’
Doesn’t matter where we go
As long as we get outta, Juarez, Mexico

Verse 3 By the time we cross the river, we will be Texas bound
Stay the hell outta Arizona, I heard the law can shoot you down
Find work, an honest livin’, don’t care what people say
We’ll do a better job, work more hours, for lower pay

Chorus 2 I ain’t gonna die in these streets for nothin’
I ain’t gonna starve another day
Made up my mind I’m leavin’
Doesn’t matter where we go
As long as we get outta, Juarez, Mexico

Verse 4 Rosie burns the bacon and chilies, on a hot cedar fire
And off in the distance another funeral pyre
These days I dream of America, and hope someday I’ll go
But tonight I’ll pray for, Juarez, Mexico

Before The Drilling Rigs Got Here

Written By: Thom Chacon

I am John from Weld County
I work this land to raise my family
We where doing fine until last year
Before the drilling rigs got here

Pollute my well and burn my soil
You rape the earth for her gas and oil
All was beauty and the air was clear
Before the drilling rigs got here

Headaches, blackouts and nose bleeds
Pump jack, poison and all this greed
We lived our lives without fear
Before the drilling rigs got here

Darkness comin’ I can feel it in my bones
A man comes with a pocket full of gold
I got mules to shoe and I got mouths to feed
A woman to hold and dirt to seed

Got me some wood gonna put up a sign
Say keep your money you ain’t my kind
All was beauty and the air was clear
Before the drilling rigs got here

Discography

Blood In The USA (2017)

Buy This Fracking Album (Featured Artist) (2015)

Thom Chacon (2013)

Featherweight Fighter (2010)

Live At Folsom Prison (2009)