My latest album, Toothbrush Machine Music, was released by Story of Now! Records on June 16, 2018. Please check it out on the listen page of this website. All the tracks are there, along with notes about the recording. Thanks!

Tom

The joke I received from my friend Rod (of the band Sur Rod from Nashville) is that I was on a world tour. Well, no - I wasn't. This was strictly vacation, but what a great time I had in August 2017 visiting Italy, France, Monaco and Spain.

Here's a photograph I took while touring the ruins of Pompeii.

Pompeii

My 11th official solo release is now available for listening here... Mush with Vegetable Pieces. I'm very proud of this one. Most of the tracks are instrumental and are rather free form. I think if it as a fusion of free jazz and prog, but some of the 'ol garage rock somehow makes its way through, too! Simply go to the LISTEN page and there it is!

 

Thanks... Tom

Big news! I released another album, Winter Breaks, just a few weeks ago.

Is it power pop? Is it a prog album? Is it a jazz-rock-punk mashup suite? What about that song that seems like it would fit on The Beach Boys Pet Sounds? What's going on here?



"Every song on "Winter Breaks" is a jewel in a crowning achievement of greatness. As a whole the album is truly nothing short of a masterpiece… a rare occurrence in the world of music these days!" - Adam Nicholson Music

 

You can listen to the entire album and buy from CDBaby right from this site's Listen and Buy page, or CLICK HERE.

 

You can also purchase it from iTunes or listen to it on Spotify

 

"Every track tells the story of what is the life inspiration of this amazing musician. It goes far beyond influences, just like if the musicianship and his incredible electric guitar tecnique has met the way to try -at least- to solve what Burroughs called the human hieroglyphs of love and suffering. A gem to be played over and over again." - Fernando Garcin/CDBaby review

It's here! My ninth solo release, Yimmer: 20 songs of power-pop, garage rock, and genre bending melodies all segued together and ready for your listening pleasure. You can listen to complete songs and buy the album on the Listen and Buy page of this website!

Cheers... Tom

It's with pride and delight that I add to this website's playlist a new recording of a song written in 1979 by myself and my lifelong friend, Graham Howes. This song is titled Playin' Out Loud, and it was one of two originals that my very first band - Relayer - performed at gigs in Hamburg, NY 1979-1980.

The song originated with the guitar riff by Graham and the lyrics by me. A few years later, the third verse was changed by my older brother Bill Hedrick when we played the song in college together.

Anyway, Playin' Out Loud has finally been properly recorded. Through the wonders of the Internet and modern recording technology, Graham and I collaborated and played the various guitar parts. You'll hear Graham's guitar rhythms and solo predominately in the left channel, with my guitars panned to the right.

I sang all the vocals, played the bass guitar and put together the drum loops. I mixed and mastered the song with Graham's considerable input. There's something truly joyous about two friends finding ways to work together on a song they wrote as teenagers, and being able to issue the recording even while living hundreds of miles apart!

Happy summer to you all.

Tom

Here's a new song, Embrace The Suck! You can relate to this tune if you've ever been in a gigging band. Here are the lyrics:

Hey there kids, it’s a rock ‘n roll party

Everyone put on your glitter clothes!

There’s an awesome band playin’ at the show club

While you’re passin’ by, wave… don’t ya know?

 

Four guys on the stage are sweatin’

You know they had to haul some heavy gear

They had to be there early for a sound check

They pay to play and have to buy their beer

 

They wrote a bunch of songs for you

They sent a bunch of emails for the show

Now they’re singing for two drunks

And a lady waiting for some food to go

 

Hey there kids, it’s a rock ‘n roll party

It’s something that you really ought to see

If you go on in and pretend to pay attention

The band will hand out CDs to you free

 

The singer is so satisfied

He’s happy that they finally hit their goal

They have one hundred Facebook likes

Someone streamed one of his tunes in Mexico

 

They’re working on their chops, all right

Their guitarist learned some jazz licks on the fly

Listen to them sail now

Here they go! Here they go! Check ‘em out!

 

They’re waiting for that elusive call

For that mega, outdoor college spring fest gig

They paid to submit their MP3’s

To an A&R consultant with the bigs

 

Now they’re back in their hometown and giggin’

And hoping for a write up in a ‘zine

But the paper threw away the disc

And the critic doesn’t know  about that scene

 

And nobody cares about that frickin’ band

Nobody cares about that frickin’ band

Nobody cares about that frickin’ band

Nobody cares about that frickin’ band

 

Embrace The Suck! Music and Lyrics by Thomas B. Hedrick ©2015 Thomas B. Hedrick/Tom Hedrick Music (ASCAP)

 

It's official! Night Light, my 8th solo recording, is now out in the world and available for sale (physical CDs and downloads) and streaming. Here are links!

Purchase CD, of download album (full album or individual songs) from CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/cd/tomhedrick4

Purchase full album or download individual songs from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/night-light/id945550132

Steam songs on Spotify:Tom Hedrick

Greetings, all! As it now stands, I'm expecting Night Light, my 8th release overall and 7th full length album, to be officially released December 1. The exact date is contingent upon CDBaby.com telling me that the record is up on their site and ready for sale. I also expect to hear from iTunes soon about availability on their store. More to come!

Here I muse briefly on the challenges of balancing the actual making of music with the art and science of independent promotion. 

Hello... I am back and I know I need to update my site more often! Oops! Well, the next album will be titled Night Light, and I have a few songs already completed: "Early Morning Man", "Meet Me By That Stinky Tree", "Washboard", "A Song I Didn't Want", "Church Key" and "Mardi And Her Jet Pack". There are plenty more in the works! - TH

#Night Light

After about a year and a half of on and off sessions, along with mixing and mastering… I'm delighted to announce the release of my seventh solo record, "The Man In The Brown Suit". While I remain proud of all my work, I honestly believe that this latest album is my best ever. The recording quality is among the best of the records - but more importantly - I feel that the songs are uniformly strong and focused.

I also think my overall playing and singing is at its best level on this collection. I applied my learning from previous albums, particularly "Red Giant" and "Mahoopie!" into songs that nicely combine a classic power-pop structure with some adventurous arrangements that tested my songwriting in new and exciting ways. For evidence of this, be sure to check out "Pencil", a song that many people close to me are calling out as a new favorite.

Two other songs, "What Kind Of Man" (featuring the real sound of a metal stamping machine as the percussion) and "Dear Faye" have multiple sections that you may find intriguing.

I hope you find the upbeat assortment of songs here pleasing to your ears. Thank you for your support through the years as I continue to issue new music for you to enjoy.

Here's to a happy and healthy 2014 for all good people.

- Tom

I have to admit that I've been doing a better job of updating my ReverbNation and Facebook pages than spending time keeping this site current. This is everything that internet experts tell us NOT to do. So today I added a few newer songs that you may enjoy. They're at the top of the list on the "Listen and Download" page. New songs include: "Waiting", "What Kind Of Man", "Coffee And Cake" and "Walking Down The Grain". Enjoy!

Well, we had a ton of fun last weekend and over the past few evenings shooting footage for my new video, "Snowed In". Now, after three sessions of fast and furious editing...it's live on YouTube and ready for your enjoyment.

See me play the snow shovel! See me impersonate a TV weatherman! See me get pelted with snowballs! All this cinematic fun comes to you absolutely free!

Simply click the link to my video page to see for yourself.

Cheers, Tom

It's my distinct honor to be part of the crew of "Ships Of Gold". This is a song project maintained on ReverbNation by my friend Klaus ("kappi") Kappes of Düsseldorf, DE (that's Germany for those who don't follow international abbreviations). kappi and his friend Pamela Grigg Black wrote the music and lyrics. kappi recorded the original version as part of of the duo Almondized.

The premise of the project is simple: Recording artists the world over are invited by kappi to record their own interpretation of the song. You'll find no less than 24 versions of "Ships Of Gold" on the playlist. Some are variations from the original, others are rather dramatic re-visionings of the tune, and some ride the waves in between. All are excellent vessels of song!

The lyrics express the heart felt connections of musical collaborators regardless of their country of origin. The friendly fleet is growing, and I'm pleased to be part of it. My thanks to kappi for inviting my contribution to the project, and for all the kind comments received both on both the Ships Of Gold and my own ReverbNation pages.

Please visit the project here and enjoy all the versions!

http://www.reverbnation.com/shipsofgold

Five foot stompin' rock songs about fast cars, tasty bacon, nasty breakups and hangovers in church! Listen now, and buy from:

iTunes (click here)

or

CDBaby (click here)

My new EP Pause For Cheese is a 5-Song CD coming November 1, 2012. The five songs are: "Goin' To Buffalo", "Hot Bacon", "Ascension Blues", "Goodbye Song" and "Thermometer". It will be available on CD Baby and iTunes, along with other download and streaming sites. You can also listen to all the songs from this site! Over and out! TH

Thanks for visiting the new site! Please let me know what you think of it! - Tom

Click the link on the "Video" page and you'll get to the official title track video for "2 Laws In 1 Day" on You Tube!

I'm taking a break from live shows for a bit after a busy autumn and early winter. I may be back at Adagio Café and other venues in the Spring, and will start working on some new songs, too.

My fifth CD, "2 Laws In 1 Day" is now officially released and ready for your listening pleasure! Please see the MY CDs page of this site to hear the songs....and BUY-BUY-BUY!!! :-)

My fifth album, 2 Laws In 1 Day, will be released November 5 with a live performance at Edina Morningside Church (See the calendar page for details).

For those who were somewhat mystified by the overt weirdness of "Mahoopie", you may be comforted that this is pretty much a straight up rock album. You really never know what I may conjure up! Here's the new album cover:

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You can hear all the tracks right here on this site (Music Page), on my FaceBook Page, or on my CDBaby Artist Page:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/tom4

Enjoy!

Mahoopie, my fourth solo album has been officially released and will soon be available for purchase from CD Baby. Check back for the link soon, along with availability on iTunes.

Happy August, non-readers :-)

It's been humid/sticky here in Minneapolis, but that only makes it the perfect time to record the bumper crop of new songs and instrumentals that you'll find on this site and on Facebook within a few weeks. Coming up next, Mahoopie. Also keep an eye out for more videos and tunes from the archives.

Enjoy these last few weeks of summer. TH

New stuff in the works. Not sure where it will all lead. In the interim, check out the lo-fi uploads on the music page...blasts from my past!

The Tom Hedrick Music page is now live on Facebook. Become a Fan today!

CLICK HERE: TOM HEDRICK MUSIC: FACEBOOK

Click here for another way to hear selected songs, and join Tom's MySpace Community.

CLICK HERE: MySpace: Tom Hedrick Music

Here's a great way to listen to a bunch of my songs, read a short bio and scan some excerpts from past reviews.

Songs are encouraged for use on Podcasts and audio blogs: it's all "pod safe", so have at it.

CLICK HERE: TOM HEDRICK SONIC BIDS PAGE

Red Giant is now available from CDbaby.com

You can purchase the physical CD, download the entire album or purchase individual tracks. Just click the following link:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/tom3

 

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Story of Now! Records announces the upcoming release of Tom Hedrick's third solo album, Red Giant. Containing 10 personal and powerful songs, Tom's latest work balances sparse, chilling numbers with full force rockers.

A complete departure from his first solo album, 2002's "As If!", Red Giant expands upon the more direct approach heard on some of the 2008 album "Salads and Ballads". Check back to this site with official notice of availability on CD Baby and i-tunes.

Twin Cities Metro residents: Be sure to join Tom at the official release concert on November 7 at Edina Morningside Community Church. You'll receive your own copy of Red Giant with your paid admission!

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