Bill Toms & Hard Rain

Saturday
07
Apr

Blue Collar Soul from Pittsburgh

Former lead guitarist of Pittsburgh's legendary band Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers

 

Why you should see this show…

Bill Toms sings about working and desperate times with a raw honesty. His backing band includes an ace horn section who punctuate the songs ripping solos. Bill Toms & Hard Rain preaches the gospel of Stax and keeps the faith with the Chess brothers. They keep the spirit of Sam Cooke and Clarence Clemons alive. They know how to sing about hard times. They know how to reassure that hard times don’t last. They hold service on the blues bar circuit and offer absolution with a beer and a shot of bourbon most weekends. It’s good for the soul.
 

Bill Toms & Hard Rain Bio
While it’s hard to put a finger on any one sound that defines ͞American music,͟ the compositions of Bill Toms are as close a template as any. The Pittsburgh native, along with his band Hard Rain, delivers a sound that takes the greatest of America’s most beloved genres and melds them into a poetic representation of the best the country has to offer.

With his ninth full-length studio release, Good For My Soul, Toms channels a foot-stomping, wall-shaking blend of soul, blues, gospel, and rock vibes, all brought together with his lyrical specialty — stories of everyday men and women doing their best to stay ahead while still managing to keep a dream or two in their heads. Soaring horns, gritty licks, toe-tapping rhythms, and Tom’s own rough-hewn vocals will draw listeners in, as well as well-deserved comparisons to the greats such as Dr. John, Little Feat, Springsteen, Joe Tex, The Blasters, Otis Redding, and Rufus Thomas.

The idea of a horn section behind my songs has been something I’ve thought about for a while, explains Toms. ͞Albert King, and all the Stax artists come to mind when I think of what true rhythm and blues can do. I wanted a piece of that; creating dynamics, and drama within the song; and fostering the deep emotion that a great horn section can give. The words also needed this place– in order to be fully interpreted as the representation of my America,͛ and the people who make up my small part of this world.͟

Good For My Soul was recorded in February 2017 by Oscar-winning composer Rick Witkowski, who also co-produced the set with Will Kimbrough (Rodney Crowell, Todd Snider). Both artists have collaborated with Toms frequently on parts of his earlier catalog. Toms launched his musical career in 1987 as lead guitarist of Pittsburgh’s legendary band Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers. During that period, he opened for and played with such legendary names as The Band, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Little Feat, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. While playing guitar, co-writing, and adding backup vocals for the Houserockers, Toms and the band recorded six studio albums and one live concert album. In 1995, The Houserockers released American Babylon, which was recorded and produced by Springsteen himself.

As a solo artist, Toms has opened for the likes of Levon Helm, Marshall Crenshaw, The Kennedys, Steve Forbert, and Ellis Paul. He͛s plotting a string of regional east coast dates to support Good For My Soul, as well as a full European tour in 2018.

 

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