Thomas Earl

Thomas Earl

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

A songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, Thomas Earl’s music has been described “The real thing!” - classic acoustic folk music in the spirit of James Taylor and Gordon Lightfoot with great vocals and his own unique finger picking guitar style. Website: www.ThomasEarl.com

Biography

REVIEW OF THE NEW EP "It's Never Too Late" - Four Stars! "...An excellent seven-track mini album. "Send it My Way" has echoes of Gordon Lightfoot..a modern understated folk gem. A talented six and twelve-string guitar player, I can't wait for a full length album -- this guy is really good!"
Maverick Magazine

Singer/Songwriter Showcase Featured Artist - New Jersey Folk Festival...

IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) Instrumental Song Finalist...

Video Clips available at www.ThomasEarl.com

"Thomas' ballads touch the heart. His song's lyrics are moving, his guitar work sparkling, and his mellow voice haunting. I've enjoyed his CD "Golddust Magic" immensely, and his live performance here was even more captivating. I'm looking forward to his return."
-Dave Gibson
Fulton Book Company Friday Night Music Series

"Thomas' performance was fabulous!"
-Mike P.
Dockside Pub Music Series

“Thomas Earl’s performance was a welcome addition to our library’s concert series. He is a true folk performer with a gentle voice and memorable guitar playing. The audience thoroughly enjoyed his stories and references to a wide range of music icons and traditions. A fantastic evening!”
-Debra Feiman
Mahopac Public Library

Thomas Earl’s musical journey began in a small town in Michigan outside of Ann Arbor, in the late 1960s, playing in local clubs with then unknown and aspiring musicians such as Joni Mitchell, John Hammond, Jim Kweskin and Maria Muldaur. He continued performing and writing, working both as a solo artist and with various folk, jug band and bluegrass groups.

His experiences included a brief brush with commercial success with a group called “The Woolies”, releasing a cover of “Who do you Love?” As with many struggling musicians who grow into their twenties, Thomas ended up leaving the music industry and moving into a more traditional career in the corporate world.

Three years ago, Thomas moved back to the East Coast and became re-inspired to begin focusing again full time on his music. The result was the CD, “Golddust Magic”. He has been performing at New York area venues ranging from the John Street Jam in Saugerties, NY and the Postcrypt Coffeehouse at Columbia University in New York City to Yasgur's Farm at the 41st Woodstock Anniversary Concert.

Thomas’ career has spanned nearly four decades. His music has been described “The real thing!” - classic acoustic folk music in the spirit of James Taylor and Gordon Lightfoot with great vocals and his own unique finger picking guitar style. His live performances include his original music, some classic covers from his favorite artists – ranging from James Taylor to Joni Mitchell and stories from his surviving the 1960s.

“Earl is a gifted poet that has the ability to set it all to music in a beautiful and unforgettable way that few artists have the ability or insight to accomplish in one recording.” Golddust Magic is a, “…five star indulgence from start to finish.” Review of Goldust Magic by Keith “Muzikman” Hannaleck.

“An excellent, talented singer-songwriter…classic songs and performances in the spirit of James Taylor and Gordon Lightfoot.” Review by Liz Redwing, former A&R scout with Atlantic Records.

“Golddust Magic glitters with years of musical talent…check out Thomas Earl!” – Darryl Cox – KSVR radio.

His CD “Goldust Magic” contains 11 original songs written and performed by Thomas. The CD was co-produced and engineered by Joe Johnson, of Red Wally Music, who has worked with such artists as Keith Richards, Johnny Winter and Joan Jett. Jerry Krenach, who has played with Chris Whitley, David Byrne and Darryl Hall, plays drums on the project. Sean Dixon and Scott Sharrard, New York City based session musicians and producers, produced the CD and contributed guitar, bass, keyboard and percussion tracks. One of the songs on “Goldust Magic”, Intermezzo, was named as one of the top ten finalists in the 3rd annual International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) competition.

Thomas' second EP, "It's Never Too Late" was released in December 2010 to outstanding reviews, including a four star rating from Maverick Magazine. This is a totally acoustic based recording with Thomas doing all of the vocal and acoustic guitar tracks.

Thomas now makes his home in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York.

Website: www.thomasearl.com

For further information, including booking, please contact Thomas Earl Productions at:

ThomasEarlMusic@gmail.com or 845-661-3522

Lyrics

On My Way

Written By: Tom Sharrard

When you gonna come to take me down again,
Don’t you know there’s nothin’ you can say.
You may try to come and take me down again,
But, I’ll be on my way…I’ll be on my way.

Don’t you know I just don’t want you back again,
I don’t think I need those games you play.
You just go and find yourself another friend,
‘Cause I’ll be on my way…I’ll be on my way.

B – Section

Well you better calm down, take it down, shake it down
Cause I’m goin’ on my way.
Yes, you better calm down, take it down, shake it down,
Cause I’m goin’ on my way…Cause I’m goin’ on my way…

You’re gonna find out… that I just don’t care…
There’s nothing left to say… (Break

Repeat B – Section

So, you better calm down, take it down, shake it down
Cause I’m goin’ on my way.
Yes you better calm down, take it down, shake it down,
Cause I’m goin’ on my way…
I’ll be on my way…I’ll be on my way…
I’ll be on my way…I’ll be on my way…

Tryin' to Say Goodbye

Written By: Thomas Earl

Tryin’ to Say Goodbye

Each time we meet, I go crazy.
Each time we meet, you say, “Maybe.”
Each time we meet, I see that look in your eye.
Each time we meet, we keep tryin’…to say goodbye…

There was a time when things were different.
There was a time there were no lies.
There was a time when you called my name…
There was a time when we felt the same… no disguise…
Now we’re tryin’ to say goodbye…
We keep tryin’ to say goodbye.

(Instrumental break)

Each time we meet, I go crazy.
Each time we meet, you say “Maybe”.
Each time we meet, I see that look in your eye.
Each time we meet, we keep tryin’…to say goodbye…
Now we’re tryin’ to say goodbye…
We keep tryin’ to say goodbye…
We keep tryin”…

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

For Always

Written By: Tom Sharrard

For Always

Every time you come around…I can see it in your smile…
Every time you come around… I want to stop the world for a while…
And you know I'll love you…
Don't you know I'll love you...for always.

Don't you know that I've been….searching' for a sign…
trying to find a reason…trying' to find a rhythm in your rhyme.
Cause you know I'll love your…for always.

Don't you know that I've …never felt Iike this before
Don't you know that I've…never been so sure….

Every time you come around…I can see it in your smile…
Every time you come around… I want to stop the world for a while…
And you know I'll love you…Don't you know I'll love you…for always.
Yes I will love you….you know I'll love you…for always….for always….

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Discography

"Goldust Magic" - CD - released in 2006
"In the Canyon" - single released in 2007
"It's Never Too Late" EP- released January 2011
"A Hole in the Sky" - single - released July 2011

Set List

Set lists are customized to venues. In more intimate house concerts and coffeehouses, Thomas focuses on his original material. (Over 30 original compositions regularly performed.) If the venue dictates, he mixes in a number of cover songs from his favorite artists ranging from James Taylor and Doc Watson to Ray LaMontagne andJoni Mitchell.