Tom Hood & The Trailmen
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Tom Hood & The Trailmen

San Francisco, California, United States | INDIE

San Francisco, California, United States | INDIE
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter


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"Vail Levit Music Hall"

September’s Show Ramblings
Current mood: breezy
Category: Music

Foe tea lights flicker on a few scattered tables coffee house style, once panelled walls & tin ceilings are now painted matte black and accent the charcoal sketched portraits in contrasted ornate gold frames. I sit on an old blue love seat positioned early in the night by me, with a comfortable view of the band. Another edition of Original Voices at the Vail has begun.

Tonight Tom Hood & the Trail Men are on our black box stage. Tom is someone I've known for years now through the open mike scene. He's an islander in more ways than one, having lived on more than one island himself & written songs about all of the above. We originally met at one of my open mikes & since then we've both frequented each other's open mikes & have met at all of the many crevices Long Island musicians inevitably see inbetween.

"No mas tequilla!" The voilinist & guitarist are trading solos & Tom is sporting a blue Hawaiin shirt & declaring "No mas tequilla!" Campy on paper, maybe - but the crowd is enjoying it thoroughly. The next song is a complete departure. Perhaps Tom Petty meets Cinnamon Girl. The ripping, screeching, yet dreamy guitar solos are a side show unto themselves. Hat's off! ;)
Thanks so much to Tom Hood & the Trail Men for a GREAT show! Check them out at: - Jessie Haynes

"Aural Fix Magazine CD Review"

Riding Into Town
by Tom Hood and the Trailmen

As one-half of the duo The Unknown Gentlemen, Long Island's Tom Hood has released half a dozen CD's with bandmate Paul Carden. There are many good songs on those discs, but lost amid production that often seemed like demos, with drum-machines and one-man overdubs. So it is good to have Tom going 'solo' on his new CD "Riding Into Town," ironically with a bigger band! Paul Gilmore on bass and Tom Peterson on drums provide a solid live rock band feel for these mostly Western-themed tracks. But the real delight here is local guitar hero John Brzoza on lead. Whether giving Mexican stylings to "Pretty Senorita," Caribbean atmosphere to the Jimmy Buffet-ish "Mailboat Man," or going all-out for "The Well," and especially in a Stevie Ray Vaughn style rave-up on the seven-minute "Breaking Stones," Brzoza always shines, giving these easygoing songs depth and sparkle. Hood's vocals are relaxed and appealing, and he adds competent harmonica here and there. The southwest/Mexican atmosphere continues throughout the disc, from the cowboy-movie title track, through the bilingual ballad "Contigo," to everyone's favorite barroom sing-along, "No Mas No Mas."
This will definitely rate in my Top Ten for 2008.

reviewed by Hank Stone - Hank Stone

"Tom Hood & The Trailmen CD Review"

"Riding Into Town"
by Tom Hood and the Trailmen

Tom Hood is one of the more prolific local recorders of music having previously released “The Ballad of the Unknown Gentlemen”, “Ain’t No Kin of Mine”, “Way Out” and “ Love Waits for No One” but his latest, “Riding Into Town” is his best yet. Accompanying Tom are John Brzoza on lead guitar, Paul Gilmore on bass, Tom Peterson on drums and Joe Behar on trumpet.

John Brzozas’ guitar work on “Breaking Stones” is haunting and provides a perfect counterpoint to the seriousness of the lyrics. The muted trumpet of Joe Behar on “Pretty Senorita” is the perfect touch for this South-of-the- border inflected tune. The rollicking “No Mas,No Mas”, a song about partying too much is probably my favorite track. “The Well” is a rocker about tempting fate too often with more excellent guitar work from Brzoza. For a quiet ballad try “Whisper in My Ear”.

Review by Mark Loebl - Long Island Acoustic Movement - Mark Loebl - Long Island Acoustic Scene

"Sheer Rock/Country Entertainment"

If you have been craving some country rooted rock these days then "Dust In Your Hands" by Tom Hood and The Trailmen might be right up your alley. Their lineup of songs sets them apart from most rock acts with the addition of fiddle and mandolin both of which are well blended in the mix. Hood takes on the song "Caught In The Rain" with a very inspired Johnny Cash influence making for a great crossover tune. One of the standout tracks is "Back To The Baja" which features some nice lead guitar work and a bouncy groove that could be heard on any Jimmy Buffett or Traveling Wilburys album. Don't expect any classic style cowboy tunes on "Dust In Your Hands" because it's sheer rock/country entertainment. -Shaun and the Reviewer Team - RadioIndy.Com


Get Outta Town - 2010, Dust in your Hands - 2009, Riding into Town - 2008, Love Waits for No One -2006, Ballad of The Unknown Gentlemen -2005, Aint No Kin of Mine - 2004, Way Out - 2003, A Band for All Seasons -2003, Divorced -2001, Dirty Water Dogs- 1993, Get The Picture -1992, Empty Suits - 1989



Tom Hood and The Trailmen announce the official release of their 3rd CD "Git Outta Town". You will discover new tunes and new musicians in the mix including Alex Sarkis on Drums, Phil Bland on Bass and special guest appearances by Tony Fig, Todd Grossman and Heidi Adler. John Brzoza returns on Lead Guitar and Paul Gilmore and Rodney Harris are back on 3 tracks handling Bass and Drums.

"Git Outta Town" was recorded in the fall in NY at Dare Studios and mixed and mastered with Tony Rockliff Productions in Florida. Band leader, Tom Hood, wrote the 9 songs and listeners will hear an expansion of musical tastes and directions.... "Hand on the Bible" has a southern rock/gospel feel with soaring double guitar solos. "Love in the Garden" uses a rock/jazz edge with Hendrix overtones to talk about a torn relationship. "Billboard for Beer" is a kicking country swing tune that will fill the dance floor with two steppers. "Face of America" has a Dylan story style and reflects on the USA today. "Freight Train" is a Kinks meets Weaser rocker. "Fool's Gold" tells the story of a man chasing the elusive dream of stricking it rich... only to discover he has struck out. "Tiny Tim Blues" features Hood on Ukulele and Harmonica doing a tribute to Tiny Tim. "Stupid" is a ditty than we all can relate to. "Terms & Conditions" closes the cd with a rock jam about too many lawyers.

The inspiration for the Trailmen came while I was writing a song that reminded me of my youth when I would watch the singing cowboys like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. There is a hint of that western style but the band is really rooted in Americana, Blues and Rock. I have spent alot of time in the Bahamas and Mexico and wrote some of these songs while nursing a hangover or catching some fun in the sun. Tom Hood

Git Outta Town follows the well received 2009 release of Dust in your Hands and 2008s Riding into Town. The cds and songs are available at, itunes, target, amazon and assorted online retailers for purchase.

" Dust In Your Hands" was released New Years Day 2009. This cd follows our 2008 release of "Riding into Town" . Both cds contain orginal music written by myself along with my songwriting partners Paul Carden and Lauron Lewis.

The cds and songs are available at, itunes, target, amazon and assorted online retailers for purchase.

The Trailmen have been playing shows at assorted indoor and outdoor venues in Long Island and New York City this year and have posted several live videos on you tube and myspace..
Several songs from the new CD are in the top 10 list at Various songs are being played college radio station across the US.

Many thanks to the very talented musicians who joined me in the recording studio......John Brzoza - Lead Guitar, Paul Gilmore - Bass, Tom Peterson - Drums and Joe Behar on Trumpet. New members joining me in our live shows and second CD are Rodney Harris on Drums, Caitlin Durney on Fiddle, Todd Grossman on Mandolin plus occasional guest apperances ......Together we are The Trailmen!!!

The inspiration for the Trailmen came from my love of old cowboy movies and western music. When I was a kid I would get up early on Saturday Mornings and watch Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and all the singing cowboys. I also have spent alot of time in the Bahamas and Mexico and wrote tunes while nursing a hangover or catching some fun in the sun. Once we rode into the studio to record a few songs The Trailmen wouldnt stop.!!

I hope you like the new CDs and would like to hear from you. Send emails, post comments on the music sites and come to a show.

Tom Hood