Thomas Michael Riley

Thomas Michael Riley

 Fredericksburg, Texas, USA
BandAmericanaCountry

"Helluva song writer" - Hal Ketchum
"My favorite song is that GOLF song...he's as real as it gets" - Willie Nelson
"His music captures in words what I want to say." - Stoney Larue
"Thomas Michael is original, talented, and True Texas" - Gary P. Nunn
"Original music...great entertainer...great guy!" - Larry Joe Taylor
"I really like his music...He's one of a kind" - Tom T. Hall
"Enjoy him every time he plays" - Max Stalling
"'One of Texas' best!" - Tommy Alverson

Biography

2018
His original Texas sound is a blend of Country/Folk/and Americana with lyrics that will make you laugh, cry, stomp your feet, and sing along!

"I really like his music...He's one of a kind" - Tom T. Hall

11th Annual "Thomas Michael Riley" Music Festival, Luckenbach, TX    June 8-10, 2018
Four Music Tours in Europe
Ten CD's of Original Songs 
Texas Music Awards and Nominations:

  • Album of the Year   "Tommy"
  • Entertainer of the Year 
  • Song of the Year  "In the Garden"
CMAA Song of the Year  "Longer than the Lows"

Hill Country Entertainer of the Year

Texas Radio Hits including:
  • Perfectly Normal
  • Ten Toes Up
  • Red-Neck Riviera
  • Cow Pasture Pool
  • Between the Tic 'n the Toc

Award Winning Film "The Last Great DJ" Soundtrack

  • Johnson City
  • Perfectly Normal

Lyrics

In the Garden

Written By: Thomas Michael Riley

Eighteen candles and a handful of dreams;
Screen door slams and the baby screams;
Barely seventeen when she first made love;
With that football player at the senior prom;

They got a two room house on the edge of town;
Hardwood floors but a little run down;
There’s a rose garden where the weeds have grown;
Gonna take a lot of work; but it’s a place of their own;

And there’s a statue of Mary in the garden;
Holding out her hands as if to pray;
Watching through the screen door to the kitchen;
Where they bow their heads to pray;
And ask for one more miracle today;

Rise ‘n shine at 5:00 each day;
She’s waiting tables at the local café;
He drives a paper-route in a broke down car;
Got their whole life savings in that cookie jar;

When Uncle Sam calls, he enlists;
Gonna make a better life for his wife ‘n kid;
Six months later he’s off to war;
She cries out, “Just let him come back, Lord;”

And there’s a statue of Mary in the garden;
Holding out her hands as if to pray;
Watching through the screen door to the kitchen;
Where she bows her head to pray;
And asks for one more miracle today;

Cold winter nights melt into May;
They both write letters back and forth every day;
She talks about the baby and how he’s grown;
He says he doesn’t know when but he’s gonna come home;

One hot summer night she was down on her knees;
Planting, and praying, and pulling up weeds;
June bugs danced and the crickets sang;
But the world went quiet when the telephone rang;

They say you never really know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone;
Every day that passed their love grew stronger;
She listened for a voice on the telephone;
She heard, “Baby it’s me and I’m coming home;”

She screamed, and cried, and gave thanks to the Lord;
Bounced with the baby ‘cross the hardwood floor;
Danced outside in the garden that night;
Where a red rose bloomed under a starry sky;

And in the moon-light she saw Mary in the garden;
Holding out her hands as if to pray;
Watching through the screen door to the kitchen;
Where they’d bowed their heads to pray;
And asked for one more miracle today;
And asked for one more miracle today;

Discography

Can You Hear Me Now
Between the tic 'n the Toc
Tommy
Cowboy Church
Livin' This Time
Live from John T. Stiles
Wild Town Texas
Cow Pasture Pool
Heading in the Right Direction