Tom Yarbrough

Tom Yarbrough

BandAmericanaFolk

Tom writes and performs poignant and ageless songs steeped in the rich tradition of American music. Lyrically, he honors what are perhaps the songwriter's most time-tested topics: love found and love lost. Although written with refreshing honesty, his songs seem like they've always been around.

Biography

After 10+ years of lending his instrumental skills to recordings and live shows for a variety of other artists, Tom Yarbrough is excited to announce the release of his own debut album, “Far Cry From Gone.” The new recording is available now as an iTunes download and on compact disc at CDBaby.com. Several years in the making, “Far Cry From Gone’ features 13 masterfully original songs, all written by Yarbrough and recorded in Nashville and Texas with a first rate cast of musical friends, including long-time studio collaborator Ryan Taylor (engineer/guitar), Jason Collum (drums), Aaron Sands (bass), Stephen Gause (recording/mix engineer), and Yarbrough himself on a variety of instruments. Guest musicians include Phil Madeira (Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris) on B3 organ, Kenny Meeks (Sixpence None the Richer, Chris Knight) on electric guitar, and Kenny Hutson (Katy Bowser, Vigilantes of Love, Julie Lee) on pedal steel guitar. On “Far Cry From Gone” Yarbrough has created an ageless collection of songs in the American tradition. Guitar and vocal arrangements on the record are backed by drums, foot stomping and hand percussion. Grinding electric guitar feedback and mandolins float through and a tuba thumps out a bass part under a National resonator slide guitar. A pedal steel whines out a lonesome and gritty line under a Hammond organ. Running through the center of it all is Yarbrough’s worn but willing voice and his trademark lyrical turns that draw the listener in for a personal encounter. Stylistically, the album ranges from rich, atmospheric folk as can be found on the title track to the heartbreaking, country inspired “Pretending”, a duet with singer/songwriter Elizabeth Foster. Some tracks, such as “Untitled” and “Rock of Ages, offer minimum instrumentation other than Yarbrough himself on guitar while the country-rock flavored “Fightin’ Missin’ Lovin’ You” and the album opener “Santa Fe” are full band affairs. All the songs find Yarbrough where he has always been most comfortable, immersed in the timeless tradition of the song.

In 2007, Tom hit the road backed by his newly formed band, The Broadcasters, some of whom appear on "Far Cry From Gone." With the lineup of Kenny Meeks (Sixpence, Chris Knight, Sandra McCracken) on electric guitar, Aaron Sands (Glen Phillips, Jars of Clay) on electric and upright bass, Jonathan Surratt (Eliot Morris, The Early Evening) on drums and percussion, and Nashville newcomer Robert Phaneuf on mandolin and harmony vocals, local and regional crowds alike have been treated to the raw, Americana sound and the skillful instrumentation and striking harmonies The Broadcasters provide. Any evening combining this group of musicians and Yarbrough's solid brand of songwriting is sure to be enjoyed by a variety of listeners.

Lyrics

Far Cry From Gone

Written By: Tom Yarbrough

I’m a long way from leavin’, baby
I’m a far cry from gone
When you get home in the evening
Maybe I’ll be hangin’ on your arm
Maybe I’ll be sitting on your front porch
Waitin’ for you all day long

I don’t remember lonely
And I’m nowhere close to blue
‘Cause how could a body be that way
After being alone with you
So I’ll be somewhere right beside you
If you let me come along

Cause I’m a long way from leavin’, baby
And I’m a far cry from gone

Well I’ve got no need to lie
So this ain’t nothing but the truth
You can go ahead and try me
If you need a little proof
‘Cause I hate to see you crying
And I would not do you wrong

I’m not even tired
No, I never felt this good
I could walk on through the fire
If you told me that I should
But I would not slip out quietly
And I won’t be movin’ on

Cause I’m a long way from leavin’, baby
And I’m a far cry from gone

There’s not much too hold on to
In a world that’s bound to change
They come and go so easy
Seems like nothing stays the same
But you can lay your head down softly now
And you can listen to my song

Cause I’m a long way from leavin’, baby
And I’m a far cry from gone

My Good Thing

Written By: Tom Yarbrough


Well I tried to tell you Emily
I tried but you just could not see oh no, oh no
And I never meant to make you cry
I couldn’t do that if I tried oh no, oh no
So you should not let me take you home just one last time
It would only make me miss the days when you were mine

Like a bird can sing
I’ll remember you like that
You were my good thing
But I guess you’re never coming back again

All this time I waited ‘round
For something that could not be found oh no, oh no
And you tell me that it’s hard on you
But don’t you think I feel it too oh no, oh no
So you should not let me hold your hand and walk with you
No you should not let me do those things I wanna do

Like a bird can sing
I’ll remember you like that
You were my good thing
But I guess you’re never coming back again

And everything I did today was trying to forget the way
You felt when you were close to me I close my eyes but I still see
And everything about you now is running through my head somehow
I can’t forget the way we said goodbye

Like a bird can sing
I’ll remember you like that
You were my good thing
But I guess you’re never coming back again

I tried to tell you Emily
I tried but you just could not see oh no, oh no

Discography

Far Cry From Gone - currently available as iTunes download and CD

My Good Thing EP - coming late 2008

Set List

60-90 minute set of original songs