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Tom Rhodes-Awaken Cafe, Oakland CA

  • Awaken Cafe 1429 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612 (map)

Some musicians spend their whole life searching for answers through their music that they never seem to find.  Tom Rhodes is not that type of person, he answers the questions that he poses in his music giving even the darkest subjects a light at the end of the tunnel.

Tom began his songwriting career at the age of 14 in the Washington D.C. area by writing songs that were used by local bands made of up players twice his age.  By 16 he was a full time musician playing shows up and down the east coast.  Off and on through his late teens and early twenties he played as a session musician while writing his own music but rarely playing it live.  Finally coming into his own when he moved to New York City in 2003 he was one of the leading players in the burgeoning independent music scene in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that culminated in his lead roll in the now infamous Whiskey Breath songwriter collective.

Tom has traveled and played music all across the United States and Europe.  He recorded and produced his first self titled album in 2004 and had two subsequent self produced albums, No Apologies in 2006, and his newest release Better Son.  Each collection of songs has it’s own unique feel, but the common thread through all three is his strong songwriting and raw openness.  In 2006 Tom moved to North Carolina where his style took on the more alt-country feel that can be heard weaving through 2011′s Better Son.  In 2006 No Apologies was selected by Paste Magazine as one of best independent albums of the year, and in 2008 he landed licensing deals with CBS, WGN, and with a number of independent films.

Tom Rhodes now lives in the Bay Area where he writes and records in his home studio.  You can find his newest songs online almost as soon as they are written, giving him a sort of ongoing dialog with his fan base around the world.