Tom Brosseau

Tom Brosseau

 Los Angeles, California, USA

Acoustic genius


Tom Brosseau, an LA-based progressive folk artist and Grand Forks North Dakota native, has a voice that has been called "totally earthbound and at the same time sorta out there in the ether." (NPR's All Things Considered).

Tom Brosseau's most recent full length Posthumous Success, marked a stylistic shift away from the spare, acoustic arrangements of his previous releases. During spring, summer and fall of 2008, Brosseau worked with producers Ethan Rose (Small Sails) and Adam Pierce (Mice Parade, Gregory and the Hawk), and a handful of guest musicians, to flesh and clothe new songs' sturdy skeletons, lending them breath, presence, and limb-stretching immediacy.

Posthumous Success (named after a chapter from a biography of Albert Camus), is a buoyant, well-crafted, and sprawlingly lovely album. The cover photograph is by Autumn de Wilde.

His earlier album Cavalier, the 2007 travelling companion to Grand Forks was produced by John Parish & recorded in one week in Bristol England. Sunday Times (UK) gives Cavalier 4 stars and Pop CD of the Week honors. Cavalier cover art is inspired by the Black Sparrow Press book covers for John Fante, William Bukowski.

Tom was invited by the Los Angeles Times to be a guest contributor to the Times new music blog, Soundboard, to record his SXSW 2008 experiences.

You can see Tom Brosseau, along with many other amazing performers, in the documentary about the famed LA club Largo.

Tom has performed in UK and Europe with PJ Harvey and John Parish and in Japan with Mice Parade. He has taken the stages at the Fatcat Records 18th anniversary show, the Brighton Festival, End of the Road, and Bestival - all in the UK - as well as 2 Claques in Lausanne Switzerland, the Crossing Border festival in Den Haag NL. He tours US as a headliner and with Müm, Nickel Creek, Mice Parade and Amiina.



2010: Les Shelleys, FatCat Records, with Angela Correa, recorded by Tom Brosseau in his LA bungalow & produced by Les Shelleys

2009: Posthumous Success, FatCat Records produced by Ethan Rose and Adam Pierce

2008: Tour CD EP, digital release, Fatcat Records

2007: Cavalier, Fatcat Records produced by John Parish

2007: Grand Forks, Loveless Records, produced by Gregory Page and John Doe (X,The Knitters). Duet with John Doe, Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is featured on 2 tracks.

2006: Empty Houses Are Lonely, Fatcat Records

2006: Tom Brosseau, Loveless Records, re-mastered, re-issue of 1st recording with 5 bonus tracks

2005: What I Mean To Say Is Goodbye, Loveless Records, on the Chicago Tribune's Best Recordings of 2005 list, along with LCD Soundsystem, MIA and Kanye West.