Thomas Wesley Stern
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Thomas Wesley Stern

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
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"Sweet Music"

More than 100 people lounged on the grass to listen to the beautiful folksy harmonies of New Jersey Americana band Thomas Wesley Stern.

- Millerton News


"And the Band Plays On"

"...In Oct. 2010, I saw a New Jersey folk band called Thomas Wesley Stern play in my friend’s basement at 216 Dwight St. Unamplified, they had only their voices and their instruments—guitar, banjo, and upright bass. There were maybe 30 other people in the audience, and even though I doubt anyone had heard of the band before that night, nearly everyone was clapping, stomping, and singing along. Calling out the lyrics to the next phrase or verse, the band’s three singers turned a crowd that had been at most interested into a fervent chorus of backup singers. I had told one of my friends I would go with him to another event that night, but this was too good to miss."

- The Yale Herald


Discography

Thomas Wesley Stern's first EP "Hope Folk" was completed at Audiopaint in New York City on March 17th 2011. It was produced by Scott Sharrard (Gregg Almann Band) and engineered by Charlie Martinez (Steeley Dan). It was mastered TurtleTone Studios by Michael Fossenkemper (Madonna, Elton John, Herbie Hancock)

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QUESTIONS AROSE, around the end of Summer 2010, regarding the identity of a mysterious “man” discovered playing music in Civil War Era Chapels and Hudson River Sloop Houses. The sound of spiritual work songs, originally written by slaves, were resounding amidst hollowed, hallowed wood during a time when “common knowledge” asserted there were slaves no more. A new question emerged. Was this true?
The “man” was in fact a band, a band from Jackson, NJ, formed only that spring. Robert Jackson, Gary Mayer, Joseph Makoviecki, and James Black, a quartet of self-taught by-the-ear musicians, not even twenty years old. Subconsciously breeding traditional folkways with contemporary frame of mind and life, the four trade instruments, sing together in harmony and unison, and bid any onlookers to join right in.