Tom Laverack

Tom Laverack

 New York City, New York, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Steve Earle meets the Rolling Stones.

Biography

Tom Laverack's newest release, Cave Drawings, four years in the making, showcases the best of Laverack's songwriting, bolstered by Mark
Ambrosino's refined production and including great performances from a stellar band, including Marc Shulman (Suzanne Vega), Jeff Langston
(Antony and the Johnsons) and Mark Ambrosino (Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder). Cave Drawings offers an emotionally and musically diverse
range for the listener, while tapping into the classic 50's and 60's style of production. It is folk-rock with a soulful delivery.

Having drawn comparisons to an array of distinguished singer-songwriters
- from Paul Westerberg to Bruce Springsteen - Bob Dylan to Tom Waits - Laverack shows his preoccupation with the darker sides of life, while
retaining a quiet belief in the sacredness of our connections. NY Press proclaimed: "Laverack's jagged folk-rock cuts to the bone straight through
the most opportune vein. Gripping stuff."
Three songs from Cave Drawings are used in the upcoming film The Last Winter, written and directed by Larry Fessenden (Habit, Wendigo)
and produced by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte (Thirteen, Laurel Canyon) due to be released in September 2007. The track 'Running Out of Road' was written
for the film and is featured during the ending credits.

Tom Laverack has been writing and performing music since the age sixteen, living a majority of his adult life in New York City. Laverack and long time musical collaborator, Larry Fessenden, started the band Just Desserts in the mid-eighties
and released their first album Sentimental War (Earhorn Disks) in 1987. Recorded with Wharton Tiers (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr), Sentimental War is a concept album and acoustic-driven folk-rock tour-de-force, drawing comparisons to Tom Waits, John Prine, Elvis Costello, The Clash, and The Violent Femmes. The album received rave reviews and extensive college radio airplay.

Just Desserts also released the paired down EP, Cold Hearts and Whiskey from which BarNone records issued a limited-release '45' featuring the song Almost Shook You Up. In 1997, Just Desserts released their second full-length album Give Up The Ghost (Earhorn Disks), garnering high praise and extensive college and AAA radio airplay. David
Avery of CMJ wrote: "Backed by an understated and cleverly arranged ensemble, singer-songwriter/ guitarist Tom Laverack offers lyrical gems about everything from alcoholism ("Alcohol") to homogenized rock radio ("Last Rock and
Roll Band"). For fans of Mark Eitzel, Bruce Springsteen, Replacements."

In addition to their collaboration as Just Desserts, Fessenden has featured Laverack's solo recordings in all of his feature films, beginning with No Telling in 1991, a film Laverack also scored. Laverack contributed two songs to Fessenden's second feature film, Habit, a release that went on to earn Fessenden an Independent Spirit Someone To Watch Award, and composed the song Hold Out (from the CD Gift Horse) for Fessenden's film Wendigo, which earned the director further accolades and awards, including winning the 2001 Woodstock Film Festival.

Prior to Cave Drawings, Laverack released two additional full-length solo CDs - Out of the Blue (Megalith Records), produced by Daniel Egger, released in 1999 featuring a variety of home recordings (excerpts from earlier recordings that
had never been released) - and Gift Horse (MayYing Music) produced by Gideon Egger, released in November 2005 and distributed by Hayden's Ferry/Rustic Records featuring an eclectic collection of songs highlighting Laverack's unique
brand of songwriting.

Laverack has played at numerous venues in New York City, from CBGB's to LaMama, and from the Mercury Lounge to the Living Room. He has had the privilege of playing on bills with Freedie Johnston, The Tom-Tom Club, The Mekons and Philip Glass as well as many other gifted performers.

Laverack, along with Ambrosino, are founding partners of the independent label, Sojourn Records. Sojourn Records is an innovative label highlighting the importance of partnering with artists, leveraging technology, and assisting great
artists to connect with great audiences.

Lyrics

Coney Island Heart

Written By: Tom Laverack

The beach is deserted
except for a man and a dog
And there are four or five Mexicans
singing and playing a guitar
And all the rides been put to sleep
waiting for summer to come
The Cyclone sits in the shadow
Of the El train, heading home
And there’s a guy who’se missing teeth
Telling us just to take one shot
But if you want that big stuffed bear
Well, it’s gonna cost you more, son
And sooner or later
well all the lights get dark
And sooner or later you’ll pay
for your Coney Island heart
I took a turn in the batter’s cage
The ball passed by with a thud
I kept on thinking to myself
Well next time, I’m gonna hit one
And there’s a girl sitting on a bench
there up on the boardwalk
The sky is gray as she looks our way
Maybe she’s waiting for someone
And sooner or later
well all the lights get dark
And sooner or later you’ll pay
for your Coney Island heart
And God only knows when you’ll be leaving me
Lord knows, when you go, you’ll leave me here
Lord only knows when you’ll be leaving me
Down where the waves and the sky disappear
And sooner or later
well all the lights get dark
And sooner or later you’ll pay
for your Coney Island heart
And sooner or later
well all the lights get dark
And sooner or later you’ll pay
for your Coney Island,
your Coney Island heart.

Cave Drawings

Written By: Tom Laverack

You don’t know, if you’ll leave behind
anything after you’re gone
But what could you ever do
that hadn’t already been done
I don’t have that much to give
a world that’s seen it all
Except for these expressions
I’ve left up on the wall
And I’ve got these cave drawings
darling that’s all
Just to let you know how this world did feel
And I ‘ve got these cave drawings
darling that’s all
Just to let you know that I was here
Most don’t need a monument
just an empty stone to say
I was once a big shot till
eternity blew me away
Did he paint that wall
knowing all along, it would stand after he’s gone
Or maybe he just had to share
that feeling in his bones
And I’ve got these cave drawings
darling that’s all
Just to let you know how this world did feel
And I’ve got these cave drawings
darling that’s all
Just to let you know that I was here
So maybe this song
it might, it might never shout
Like all of the creatures
that never made a sound
And under the cover of this light
you can only see so far
And I’ve got these cave drawings
darling that’s all
Just to let you know how this world did feel
And I’ve got these cave drawings
darling that’s all
Just to let you know that I was here
Just to let you know that I was here
Just to let you know that I was here

Dead Dog

Written By: Tom Laverack

Nameless streets and stranger’s homes
Are nothing new to me
Not much changes from place to place
but the scenery
My father was a scholar of musty texts
But now I walk the streets ahead
Fate doesn’t lie in the palm of your hand
But in your heart instead
And the boy, well he was crying
And his dog, lay there dying
And I’d give it all up
If I’d ever made it
I’d give it all up
My whole life savings
I’d give it all up
Just to save this
Dead dog
Well love and rage, it burns so bright
here in the afternoon sun
But there are those things too hard to bear
You just can’t quite let go
And the truck, well it kept on driving
And the redneck boys, well they was smiling
And I’d give it all up
If I’d ever made it
I’d give it all up
My whole life savings
I’d give it all up
Just to save this
Dead dog
And it’s beyond where the eye can see
The heat waves are shimmering
And there beneath the ancient ground
Someday I know that you will lay me
And if you could only just turn your back
And all the hurt would subside
Day by day, you just might forget
When then, by surprise
You see that boy, and he was crying
And his dog, lay there dying
And I’d give it all up
If I’d ever made it
I’d give it all up
My whole life savings
I’d give it all up
Just to save this
Dead dog

Childhood Friend

Written By: Tom Laverack

So you and me,
we went to the same grade school
We played around the neighborhood
in the afternoon
You said I found
trouble round every bend
But you followed most
every where I went
So maybe I already know what you’re gonna say
But I wouldn’t have it any other way
And maybe in the end
I just might have to depend
On my childhood friend
So was I too wild
or were you just too good?
Later on we both left
the old neighborhood
I took a wrong turn
and times got tough
But you and me
we never really lost touch
So maybe I already know what you’re gonna say
But I wouldn’t have it any other way
And maybe in the end
I just might have to depend
On my childhood friend
And sometimes I think that we both have
changed
But does that really matter that much anyway?
And maybe in the end
I just might have to depend
On my childhood friend

New Day

Written By: Tom Laverack

Well, you’re nothing special baby,
can’t you see the signs
you’d sell your soul for rock n roll
and leave the past behind
But it’s pretty when it sparkles here,
it’s almost like a light
But in the end you couldn’t tell
between wrong and right
And it’s a new day, you can see it coming
Like a dream collecting dust up on a shelf
And it’s a new day, you can see it coming and
maybe then you won’t just hate yourself
Well, she’s dancing at the party,
you know everyone was there
She’ll break away from the pack
and fix you with a stare
she’s sullen than she’s manic,
she’s pouty then confused
But mostly she’s just another girl
with nothing left to lose
And it’s a new day, you can see it coming
Like a dream collecting dust up on a shelf
And it’s a new day, you can see it coming and
maybe then you won’t just hate yourself
Did you even know what
you were looking for?
Did you even care if
it was really there at all?
Were you just wondering
why it was all taking so long
Did it mean that you were worthless
or perhaps even wrong?
But there’s a rationalization
for every single ill
Drink to tomorrow,
washing down that bitter pill
And it’s a new day, you can see it coming
Like a dream collecting dust up on a shelf
And it’s a new day, you can see it coming and
maybe then you won’t just hate yourself
Well it’s a new day, you can see it coming
Like a dream collecting dust up on a shelf
And it’s a new day, you can see it coming and
maybe then you won’t just hate yourself

Running Out of Road

Written By: Tom Laverack

Tomorrow is gone
and yesterday
is simply trying to run faster
There’s nowhere you can go
I’m afraid
There’s nothing left past here
Running out of road
Just running out of road
And from that look
there on your face
I can tell you been crying
Here in this cold light of day
there ain’t no reason to deny it
No, no
Running out of road
We’re just running out of road
And would a world on a string
Mean something more to you and me
If we could cut through all the lies
And try to catch it in time
And there’s a hole in this heart
But it goes right on beating
Someday I know it’s gonna stop
Till then I’ll go right on breathing
Till I’m running out of road
Till I’m running out of road
Till I’m running out of road
Running out of…
Running out of…
Running out of road

Discography

Cave Drawings - Sojourn Records - June, 2008
Gift Horse - MayYing Music - 2005
Out of the Blue - Megalith Records - 2000
Give Up The Ghost - Earhorn Disks - 1997
Almost Shook You Up - Barnone Records - 1991
Sentimental War - Earhorn Disks - 1987

Set List

Kickin Around
New Day
Precious Little
Dead Dog
Running Out of Road
Foolish Enough To Think
Cave Drawings
Childhood Friend
Coney Island Heart

Approx. 45 minutes