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:

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CDBaby (click here)

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