Grass Punks

by Tom Brosseau

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about

He is "totally earthbound and at the same time sorta out there in the ether." - Tom Moon, National Public Radio: All Things Considered.

“No artist possesses the same peculiar qualities as Brosseau.... The power of his performing persona is so strong that he can pervade the whole room with his subjective existence, making time-warped acolytes out of his audience.” – BBC

“Brosseau uses language with a straightforward grace that recalls the writing of John Steinbeck.” - Sophie Harris, Time Out London

“His blues-folks songs seem simple and plain, but there’s a real depth to the lyrics, and they’re sung in a voice so confident in its smooth, Ricky Nelson-esque purity that it barely needs accompaniment.” - Sylvie Simmons 4 stars, MOJO

“Like the pleasure of film noir and ageing port...[Brosseau’s music] is refined folk on a crackling gramophone and comfort-wrapped in cigarette smoke.... Beautifully dated, ‘Brass Ring Blues’ sounds, in the best possible way, like something John Peel would have taken from boot sale obscurity.” - NME

"A real songwriter is an individual concerned. He or she is as aware of what's happening around, what's going on inside; he or she is a dreamer, a futurist; when it comes to his or her craft there is structure to make a report. The work may rest in composing something that will last, yet at the same time make a splash. Having been raised on the Great American Songbook, I am rooted in the ideals of the songwriters of yesteryear: relatable lyrics in three minutes time or less.

I don't think of ideas, I search for them. There's motion. I know the more my body is stressed the more endorphins are released. This creates a natural high. When my mind is clear I can focus and stay focused longer on my thoughts, problems and the future. There's humanity. I like to people-watch. I enjoy spotting color patterns, trends; watching interactions, hearing laughs. My inspection, then, switches to the problems of others. I am fortunate to have to depend upon public transportation. There's plenty of walking, plenty of people, and lots of opportunity for idea plucking." Tom Brosseau 2013

Taken from the album Grass Punks (Tin Angel Records) is Brosseau's first solo release in 5 years and his 7th studio album to date. Themes of the album include emptiness of a false dream, loyalty, betrayal and perseverance.

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released 20 January 2014

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