Tom Wurth

Tom Wurth


It's Music WURTH Listening To!


Tom Wurth is not an artist by accident.
He is an artist by choice.
His destination is his journey.

Tom Wurth grew up in Marcus, Iowa [population 1,500] where hard work was everything and nothing was for free. “I grew up in a Mayberry RFD kinda town. We were a middle class family and I was a farm kid. I walked beans, pulled sunflowers, sprayed the milkweed and fed the hogs. You name it, if it was a ‘chore,’ I did it, ” Tom introduces. “I learned from the get-go; if you want to achieve something, you’re gonna have to do the work and stay ‘constant.’”

Tom acknowledges his upbringing as an important thread in his character and artistry today. Both of his parents were teachers [K-8]. His mom was a music teacher at a Catholic school and his dad taught special education. He describes his mother as a genuine caregiver and lover of music, and his father as a Jack-of-all-Trades. “My dad was [and still is] a worker of wood and had his hands in the dirt. He makes mandolins and clocks. He loves to work in the gardens and with the farm animals. …And both of my parents play music.” Tom’s heritage translated into hard work and harmony. “I was taught that life is all about balance.”

Tom’s mom plays piano; his dad plays the guitar. So, he had one of two choices. Young Tom was home from school on a “snow day.” His father was sitting in the kitchen strumming the guitar. The inquisitive six-year old peaked around the corner with a wanting in his eyes. “My dad gave me two choices; to learn the piano or the guitar—one or the other. He taught me a chord and said, ‘now go and practice’, and practice I did--for about twenty minutes. I returned to the kitchen to tell him I was ready to learn more. I think he meant for me to be at it for at least a week!” That very day, Tom became a guitar player. “It was then that I knew, music was my ‘constant.’”

When Tom turned 10, he made his first public appearance at the Iowa State Fair. In high school, Tom wrote his first song, joined the choir and made it to the All-State competition. Upon graduation, Tom knew exactly where he was headed.

In Marcus, Iowa, where every father’s son had the sole ambition to work the family farm, Joe Wurth’s son had a different life calling. “Where I’m from there are no dance halls or honky tonks, so a ‘career’ in music was unheard of. While everyone else was planning to go to Ag school or Tech school, my head and heart was in the music.” Tom was headed to Nashville to enroll at Belmont University and begin his career in the music business.
That was HIS plan…

Tom’s plan met with tragedy. God had a different one. Just 24 hours after orientation at Belmont U, he was in a near fatal car crash that nearly left him paralyzed. “I remember the nurse telling me not to move or I would be paralyzed. I spent the first 3 days in a striker bed and they’d come in and rotate me like a chicken on a rotisserie.” Although his reminiscence at this time may appear to be light, the peril was heavy. Tom spent more than two months in bed. Time well spent--with Vince Gill, Steve Wariner…and GOD. “There are such things as angels. Vince Gill and Steve got me through it. I listened to their music every day, over and over again. And when I came to the realization that either I was going to walk or be in a wheel-chair, I had a long talk with God.”

“I told God that if he let me walk again, I would chase this [music] thing until I could walk no more.”

Tom Wurth walked out of the hospital.

His pact with God led him to his divine will. Tom moved to Nashville, attended Belmont University [in the same Music Business Program as Brad Paisley] and within four years, he not only landed a publishing deal (two actually), he earned a Grammy nomination.

Tom took a job at a publishing company [Aaron Brown Publishing] making tapes and working in the mailroom when he was afforded another opportunity that was totally unexpected. “I landed a recording gig when Aaron Brown showed up a writer’s night where I was playing. The next day, he asked if I would cut some demo’s for his publishing company and then he asked me to lay a few things down for a Lullaby project.” Tom recorded the lead vocals on a children’s project entitled LOVE SONGS AND LULLABYES FOR DADDY’S LITTLE DREAMER (Aaron Brown Publishing). The album was recorded in a week, and at 21 years old, Tom Wurth’s talents were recognized with a Grammy nomination for Best Musical Album for Children in the company of Linda Ronstadt, Tom Chapin and John McCutcheon. (1996)

“It was the first time the Grammy Awards show was held in Madison Square Garden.
I remember sitting in the audience with the other nominees in the category; Alison Krauss was sitting right behind me; I was thinking ‘I’m the only guy here nominated making $6.00
an hour in a mailroom.’”

Tom inked his first publishing deal with Belden Enterprises where he honed his


- Leaving Lonely Behind -
(Brad Crisler/ Jason Jones/ James LaBlanc)

This song is about moving on. It is recognizing about what as happened to you in the past and not letting it beat you up anymore. The reason why I cut this song was because it was about finding the inner strength in your self and moving forward. I learned a long time ago that you can’t get anywhere if you are standing still.

- If the Road Runs Out –
(David Frasier/Bill Luther/Tom Wurth)

I had the pleasure of writing this song with these two talented song writers while I was with BMG. David Frasier and I originally wrote two versions of this song and we were not happy with either one. After talking with Bill Luther one day and telling him about this song we were writing he said that he would like to sit down with us and take a crack at it - and after two hours of writing we finished this song. The reason I cut this song is because it is about having options in life. The moral of the story is - if you run out of road you can always turn around and come back. Sometimes that is what people need to do in certain periods of their life.

- Is this Lonely –
(Ray Herndon/Brett Jones)

First off, I fell in love with the groove on this thing and the melody. I feel that these two writers captured what it is like when you breakup with someone and you feel like there is no hope. Dark? Yes maybe. True absolutely! Hands down it captured the real emotion of a great song. Thanks guys!

- Bread on the Table –
(Sonny Lemaire/JP Pennington/Shane Minor)

Each one of these three song writers is a master at their own craft. Put them apart and they all have written major hits but together they have written an absolute workin’ man’s anthem. I decided to put this song on the record after the first time I heard it because it is something everyone can relate too. It doesn’t matter what you do rather you are a singer/song writer, farmer, vacuum salesman we are all trying to make it in this world. Not only is it a modern day workin’ man’s blues it is all American!!

- Make Time for Loving You –
(Robbie Cheuvront/Dean Sams/Tom Wurth)

This is a song about putting everything aside including your job and spending time with the person that you love. It reminded me that life has become fast paced and that at times we need to be aware to make the time to spend it with the people we love.

- She’s Still There –
(Tim Johnson/Marc D. Sanders)

The one thing I love about Country music is the great stories. And this is a great story! The reason that it is great is because it will make you think just a little.

- Good Ground –
(Bill Luther/Naoise Sheridan/Bob Regan)

This song takes me all the way back to when I was growing up in Iowa. I have always felt that there was something special about the area that I grew up in. Growing up on the farm I learned that you could not get something from nothin’- you need a good solid foundation to get anything to grow. And just like the corn that surrounded my house I grew up on “Good Ground”!

- I Can Bend –
(Rob Crosby/Paul Overstreet)

I love this song, I love the melody, I love the message and I had to cut it! It is what every woman wants to hear and what every man is scared to say.

- Love Made Me Do It –
(Wendy Buckner/Jason Sellers/Keith Sewell)

This is a really fun uptempo song! I wanted to cut a barn burner and it has a machine gun lyric. It is a lot of fun to play and sing. I can relate to the guy in this song because I have been this guy – messed up and couldn’t think straight because I was in love.

- Give it to Me Straight –
(Tony Ramey)

I thought this would be cool to put on the record because it not only puts the guy in a vulnerable situation because he is getting dumped but he also shows a lot of strength and courage because he demands the truth. I think this is a real life situation that everyone can relate too and that this is why it had to be on the record – we have all felt this way at one point or another in our lives!

- Bad Case of Missin’ You –
(Al Anderson/Bob DiPiero/Jeffery Steele)

The groove don’t ever miss on this song. This is the classic washing machine groove - a little bit country and R&B soul and I love it!

- Everytime I Close My Eyes-
(Kris Bergsnes/John Ford Coley/TomWurth)

I got to write this one with two other great song writers. I feel the music and the lyrics are really powerful – everyone has been haunted by a break-up or a past love. I felt the message of this was not only important but universal in the fact that everyone has been there at some point in their life. It also reminds me that I am not alone in the fact that I am the only one that has gone through tough times like this.

- It Ain’t What Your Thinkin’ –
(Rivers Rutherford/George Teren/Houston Robert)

I recorded this song because it was fun and have a great story and it made me laugh. Yee Haw Ya’ll!!

- Higher Ground

Set List

Set list can be provided but varies from show to show.