Tom Harter
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Tom Harter

Band Blues Singer/Songwriter


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As a solo artist Tom has released two CDs:
"After the Dreams" and "for those who fall."
Tom's rocking song "Rise" from "for those who fall" was featured on the Local Edge Spotlight (WZOR local radio).

Tom is currently recording his new album "Spin" with an expected release date in 2009.



It is really all about the music for Tom Harter. 31 years of learning guitar have taken Tom on an interesting journey thru original new wave, moody prog rock, instrumental fusion, cover tunes, blues, and for the last few years a rocking power trio. But throughout that journey Tom has been a recording singer/songwriter working toward the magic combination of mood, style, rhythm, melody, and harmony. He has even released 2 CD's to modest local acclaim.

Now Tom begins the next stage of his musical journey performing solo with acoustic and electric guitar, voice, and occasionally a looping pedal for rhythmic backing. Interestingly Tom has found that the band format meant to bring people closer to the music (a seemingly easier to "digest" product) has really kept him from connecting with the audience. What audiences are now responding to is the honesty, integrity, and pure emotions of both Tom's original songs and his personalized interpretations of Bob Dylan, Damien Rice, and Van Morrison tunes.

Tom's studio level of attention to detail in tone and performance is very apparent. Control of the stage environment and his technique allows for the moments of true creativity where there is risk and invention in the music. Always striving for the passionate and spiritual moments in a performance... Tom will sometimes let a song build until it is ready... like dough rising in the oven. Other times... the song springs forth with lively abandon. But the audience is always the guiding factor on the performance.

Tom's influences include Rush, Pink Floyd, Clapton, Trower, Dylan, Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan as well as great female songwriters such as Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, Heather Nova, and Joni Mitchell.

Tom is a musical bard... an emotive storyteller... a self-producing recording musician who brings an audiophile's ear to the stage... and an empathic spirit to the musical landscape.

Some musicians get richer with the passing of time. Tom is one of them having lately found his true voice. His new songs carry a new vibrant energy. The blues permeates Tom's character and they simmer underneath the surface. But it's not the blues of despair... it's the blues of rejuvenation. Even slower tempo tracks have become vibrant in spirit and energy. A spirit... that Tom wants to share with the world thru his live performances but especially thru recordings.