Tommy John Ehman Band

Tommy John Ehman Band

 Craik, Saskatchewan, CAN
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TJE music is best described as a blend of country rock and alternative country music and has been compared to such artists as Steve Earle, John Mellencamp and Charlie Major. The live show is energetic and exciting and every effort is made to make each and every show as memorable as possible.

Biography

"TJE 2016" update:

A Brand New Single called "Drop it on You" is set for release in the spring of 2016. Written by TJE and produced by SK producer Jesse Weiman this mid-tempo country track is sure to gain considerable airplay across our great country of Canada! 

You can hear the new single in the "music" secton of this EPK.
High-energy, excitement, passion and professonalism is what you'll get with TJE, solo or with his band. You won't be dissapointed!

TJE  in 2016

Tommy John Ehman sunsets, new horizons and the lines in between

"Tommy John Ehman is a passionate - pedal to the metal - type of performer who gives his all from note one to the end of the night. His love of country and his tales of the good people who live in it shine in exceptionally well-crafted songs
Mark Schmidt - Assistant Entertainment Buyer, Casino Regina, Regina, SK Canada

"I see the world as a canvas of stories and events that shape our lives and make us who we are, and thats the inspiration that makes me want to, or have to, write songs."

Songwriting has always come easy to Tommy John Ehman and that songwriting has formed the basis for what has become a long and fulfilling career of writing, performing and traveling for this Saskatchewan based and wear-it-on-his-sleeve, recording artist.

Its been a slow and steady rise from humble beginnings to where we find TJE now, here in 2016. With a new single set for release, live shows booked and a group of friends and talented musicians to help make it all come to life, 2016 is sure to be the start of a new and exciting chapter in his lifelong, steady musical journey.

One Step Back sunsets

Tommy's passion for his country and the soldiers who keep us safe and protected was the inspiration for his 4th studio album, Wheels of Life. Released in 2008, this highly successful effort saw 4 songs released to Canadian country radio each of which charted and received airplay across the country, The catchy and patriotic track about the love for his country, Canada called Stand Up For Your Country reached as high as number 60 on the CanCon country music charts and was well-received by music directors from coast to coast. The record was produced by Brad Prosko at B-Rad studio in Regina, SK and boasted Bruce Springsteens bass player Garry Tallent on bass guitar!

The musical journey that we referred to really began in 1996 with the release of Tommys first recording titled Wasted Nights, a 10 song collection of country rock tracks from his early, but growing song book. Then again in 2002 a new CD To The Wall was released and as with the first record Tommy and his band Idle Rains toured in support of the release. 2005 brought his third disc, a heart-felt, passionate acoustic tribute to Saskatchewan and Canadian farm families he called Like Father; Like Son. Having grown up on a farm in rural Saskatchewan, it was my dream for a number of years to write a record about the men and women who work the land and produce the food that we eat. Im extremely proud of this album and really just wanted to say thanks to the farmers, and I think we did that!

Tommy has been behind the mic for many years and has really come into his own as a performer and entertainer. His high energy, passionate and no one goes home unhappy mantra, has earned the respect of audiences wherever the road may take him and his guitar.
From the International Farm Equipment Show in Toronto, ON, to the Country at the Creek Festival in Big River, SK, to opening slots with Doc Walker (3 times!) and Aaron Pritchett, to the ifactor/CNIB shows in Muskoka, ON (2011/2012), to clubs and cabarets across western Canada, TJE and his band have taken their music to the people and the people have always answered with rousing applause of approval!

New Horizons

A number of years ago TJE was diagnosed with RP (rehtinitis Pigmentosis) which is an incureable degenerative eye disease that can and may eventually lead to total blindness. And although it has meant many changes in his life, it hasn't stopped him from persuing his musical goals. He continues to write, record, perform and raise a family despite his visual imparment.

"Sometimes it can be hard and extremely frustrating but I have a wonderful family, close friends and bandmates to help keep me on a positive path and striving to achieve my goals and asperations."

Stay tunes for the next chapter in the TJE story!


Lyrics

When The Walls Come Down

Written By: Tommy John Ehman

We got a long way to go
'till we get it right
Comin' out of the darkness
into the light
It's time to forgive, paint it all black and white...
When the walls come down
When the walls come crumblin' down
Well you lay down your heart to make a new start
When the walls come down
When the wall come crumblin' down
Callin' brothers and sister
To stand up as one
And all the world's armies
Lay down your guns
Comin' ore the horizon
It's a beautiful sun
Chorus
Now I stand on the mountain high over the land
I reach to the sky with wide open hands
Rain comin' down from a heavenly place
Wash away sins with just love and with faith
Chorus
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Jack And The Letters Home

Written By: Tommy John Ehman

Now the year was 1941, a long, long time ago
My brother Jack went off to war, I was too young to go
Well he told me that night that he wasn’t scared
And that our country needs his hand
He said don’t worry about me little brother, but it’s time to become a man

Now he wrote me letters faithfully, from a land so far away
I’d dream that I was there with him, just brothers in berets
Well he said the war was going well, he might be home by spring
And give my love to Mom and Dad, and don’t worry about anything

Well three months by and no letters came,
I checked the mailbox everyday
I imagined he was just too busy, and my faith would never stray
Then one night I could hear my momma, crying on the telephone
I laid in bed with tears in my eyes, wishing I’d never know

Now the war was over and the boys came back
Some returned sad and alone
Some found love on distant shores, while some we’ll never know
Now my brother Jack never did come home, all those years ago
But I keep his letters close to my heart, here with me wherever I go

Now the year was 1941, a long, long time ago
My brother Jack went off to war, I was too young to go

Stand Up For Your Country

Written By: Tommy John Ehman

I woke up this morning, looked out my window
Saw a beautiful sunrise, waking the day

A house on the corner, a wife and the kids
Just everyday people, with a little something to give

I don’t want to tell you now, how to live your life
But I know we’re all trying hard, to do what we think is right
And I’m calling all Canadians, to stand up
Stand up for your country.

High on the mountains, down through the valleys
All across the wheat fields, to the heart of the city streets

On a long stretch of highway, a wide open sky
Oh, But we built this land, we built it on hard work,
peace and pride
CHORUS
Come on rise up lift your voices, they’re playing our song
Wrap yourself around the flag and fearlessly hold on

This our land, this is our home
Where we raise our kids and we raise our flag
We sing our song and we sing her praise
Oh, but it’s a little rough,
Yea, a little rough on us these days

CHORUS

Wheels of Life

Written By: Tommy John Ehman

Momma close the window, it’s raining out
Little baby sister, hiding in the corner
She said thunder makes me scared, momma hold me
Everything will be all right come the morning

Wheels of life just keep turning
Hands of time never stop
Wheels of life just keep turning
Arms reach out to the sky
Wheels of life, Wheels of life

Daddy’s gone away, he’s in the Army
Tears on the frame, lost lonely pictures
He said I got a job to do and I’m willing
Put a light on for me and one for you

CHORUS

Mommy I want Daddy to come home
I miss his touch I miss his kiss
Baby brush your teeth, it’s time for bed
Then come sit close beside me, we’ll say a little prayer

CHORUS

Walk A Little Lighter With Me

Written By: Tommy John Ehman

My heart’s been hanging low
My heart’s been beating mighty slow
The weight of the world is dragging me down
I need a little help to bring me around

Come on darling light my way
I’m feeling this is going to be my day
I put my faith into your hands
To lead me on to the promised land
Walk a little lighter, walk a little lighter with me

Sometimes I feel I’m overwhelmed
My tank is low and I don’t feel so well
Hold me close tight to your breast
And let your heart do all the rest

CHORUS

With you I walk without fear
With strength and courage and the road is clear
And no doubt, no weakness no hesitation
Walk a little lighter, walk a little lighter with me

Now there’s no way to know what tomorrow will bring
But now I’m pretty sure of at least one thing
That every step I take with you
Is a leap of faith closer to the truth

CHORUS

Red, White and Red

Written By: Tommy John Ehman

Open up your door and take a breath of air
Sit and watch the sun come up from your back stair
A second cup of coffee to kick start your day
mmm the Canadian way

Now Daddy says goodbye to his baby girl
As he head out the door to take a bite out of the world
He’s got a job and he works real hard to bring home his pay
mmm the Canadian way

Red, White and Red all right
Well it stands for freedom and a better way of life
Yea, Red, White and Red all right

Bobby put that hammer down to wipe his brow
That’s a lot of work he done but it makes him proud
Work bell ring, the sun goin’ down on another day
mmm the Canadian way

CHORUS

Now our boys are fighting in their back yard and that
makes me scared
But that’s the cost of freedom, so say another prayer
Keep us safe we say, the Canadian way

CHORUS

Discography

"Wasted Nights" - Tommy John Ehman and Idle Rains - released 1996
"To The Wall" - Idle Rains - released 2002
"Like Father; Like Son" - Tommy John Ehman - released 2005
"Wheels of Life" - Tommy John Ehman - released 2008
"Turn On The Radio" - Tommy John Ehman - released 2010

The Singles: (released to Canadian country radio)
1. Stand Up For Your Country (from Wheels of Life) - reached # 60 on the Cancon country charts
2. Walk A Little Lighter With Me (from Wheels of Life) - reached #65 on the charts and stayed on the chart for more than 3 months.
3. Jack And The Letters Home (from Wheels of Life)
debut at #87 after only 3 days of release, reaches #73.
4. When The Walls Come Down (from Wheels of Life)
reached #71 cancon charts, Country Music News
5. A Regular Girl - Nov. 2010 song is at #65 CMnews top 100 cancon songs.
6. Moments in Time - March 2011, song reaches #85 on Median Base chart.
7. Turn On The Radio - 3rd signle from new CD

Set List

Tommy is playing shows both in an acoustic type format and as well with his back up band Idle Rains.
The acoustic shows consist of playing original songs from the new CD "Turn On The Radio" and as well songs from his other recordings. Sets are arranged to suit induvidual situations ranging from a few songs to hour or more sets.

For larger events such as festival club dates and caberets Idle Rains will back up Tommy for an energetic set of originals songs again coming from his 5 studio albums.

The band also plays a great mix of country rock and classic rock for club dates and caberets where cover material is required. For a full list of these songs go to: http://tommyjohnehman.idlerains.com/tjeirsetlist.htm.