Tom Kimmel (Saturday, September 17, 2016)
What if you met a guy with great music sensibilities -- who has also written some of your favorite songs -- who tells you he fell in love with Ireland and invited you to come along on his next trip there? What if your good friend with a wry sense of humor and sweet guitar skills came to your house to sing songs, tell stories, and recite a poem or two? True story. It has happened to your frogstop hosts.
Singer, songwriter, entertainer, poet and teacher -- Tom Kimmel is all of these things and more.
Since 1980 dozens of Tom's compositions have been recorded by a host of major artists, including Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker, Art Garfunkel and Randy Travis. They've been featured in films from Twins to Serendipity and Runaway Bride, and in television shows from Captain Kangaroo and Touched By An Angel to Dawson's Creek.
An award-winning artist in his own right, he has released seven solo albums, published a book of poems and led songwriting workshops and classes around the country and in Europe.
Once an eclectic rock and roller, Tom found his voice as a singer-songwriter while touring with Nanci Griffith in the early 90's. A New Folk winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival in '93, he began performing solo, stressing a lean, acoustic approach to his music and bringing a humorous spirit to his poetry and storytelling.
After releasing two critically praised major label albums (in '87 and '90), Tom released Bones in 1994, his first independent album. It was followed by Short Stories in 1999, which featured guest performances by Emmylou Harris, the Fairfield Four, Jerry Douglas and other Nashville luminaries. Shallow Water (2002) is a collection of spirit-centered songs and hymns, and Light of Day (2004) features bare vocal-guitar tracks recorded in Tom's home studio.
A volume of poems, The Sweetest & the Meanest, was published in 2006, and Never Saw Blue, an anthology of Tom's songs featured in film and TV, arrived in the fall of 2008.
"…not only one of the finest songwriters alive, but an incredible performer—mixing his songs, humor and story-telling to create an experience that is pure theater."
"…his songs have enough personality to fill the concert hall single-handed."
—The Herald, Glasgow Scotland
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