MP3 Tom Doughty - Have a Taste of This
Tom uses this 3rd CD as an opportunity to explore the limitless possibilities of making music. His songwriting skills shine with Tracks like Zimbabwe and Journey blues The sounds of his musical roots are there as his creative springboard - from lush jazz
13 MP3 Songs in this album (47:02) !
Related styles: BLUES: Slide Guitar Blues, FOLK: Modern Folk
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There are countless musicians on the planet, all soaking up sounds from the ether. And though many are very, very good, rather fewer have that certain something which makes them special. It’s impossible to describe on paper, instead it has to be felt. So check out Tom Doughty – and the chances are that you too will hear something that makes scalps tingle….
“I was lucky to be around at a time when music was being liberated,” say Tom, “I was only seven, going on eight, when there was this explosion of tremendous stuff from every quarter. The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds and others were literally electrifying, whilst on the acoustic front the likes of Davy Graham, John Renbourn, Bert Jansch, Martin Carthy, Nic Jones and Wizz Jones were doing absolutely astonishing things with the guitar. Then there were the great blues artists like Howlin’ Wolf, Big Bill Broonzy and John Lee Hooker, as well as troubadours like Woody Guthrie, Dave van Ronk and of course a young Bob Dylan. What they had in common was a tremendous love of music coupled with a willingness to challenge the rules and artificial boundaries. I wanted to learn from all of them, without ever falling into the trap of simply being a mimic….”
By the time he was seventeen, Tom was an accomplished finger-style guitarist and mandolin player on his local folk club circuit, ready to take the next stride forward. But fate intervened when a motor-cycle accident resulted in a permanent spinal injury and extensive damage to his hands, which is just about every musicians worst nightmare: “It was a dark time, with the uncertainty about what I would be able to do on a guitar in the future being really difficult to deal with. What helped keep me going was the determination to find a way to play. It took a long time and a lot of false dawns – plus of course my career in Social work put things on hold, but in the last few years it’s all come together – and in a way that others seem to connect with.”
As those others include guitar maestros Woody Mann, Bob Brozman and Debashish Bhattachryra it’s fair to say that Tom has a bit more than mere technical ability to show for his efforts. Using his own style of finger-picks and a glass/metal slide of his own design, Tom draws on the blues and other forms to create a distinctive and compelling soundscape that appeals across the spectrum. “I’ve always liked to go back to the kind of things that innovators like Charley Patton and Robert Johnson did, in part because their music is timeless, though mostly it’s because there is huge scope to present it in ways that people maybe haven’t heard before. It’s the same with more contemporary writers like Randy Newman and Lennon/McCartney – my take on ‘Eleanor Rigby’ seems to have struck a chord with audiences everywhere, which I’m dead chuffed about. And of course I also do a lot of my own material, so hopefully there’s something for everybody.”
With two critically acclaimed CDs – The Bell and the recently re-launched Running Free already available, Tom has just completed his third sol CD, this time with added percussion and cello on some of the tracks. But much as he enjoys what the studio has to offer, playing live is his passion: “Every artist will tell you that an audience makes a difference. I’ve had the privilege of appearing at events like the International Guitar Festival and have also performed in North America, Europe and India. Sometimes it’s to festival crowds, sometimes in small clubs and at workshops, but it’s always special, always a privilege.”
Tom’s experiences, his take on music and his rare artistic ability could fill volumes, but maybe Michael Prince’s review best sums it all up – ‘Tom’s music is organic and free. A must see performer.’
Here, up to date is Tom’s third CD and follows the critical acclaim of his previous works, ‘The Bell’ and ‘Running Free’
Tracks from Tom’s new CD have just been featured on Radio Lancashire, Bluenotes and Radio Merseyside and like both his previous albums, Tom hopes to see ‘Have a Taste of This’ featured on the BBC Radio 2 Paul Jones Blues programme in the imminent future.
An organic development of his previous work, ‘Have a Taste of this’ sees Tom develop his composing and writing skills further, with 9 of the 13 Tracks being Originals; including the already acclaimed song, ‘Zimbabwe’.
Strongly rooted in the Acoustic sound of the 20s and 30s lap slide playing, Tom’s music brings a fresh approach and is bang up to date and full of instantly recognisable music that lets the listener know that this is Tom Doughty. He sounds like no other player of the genre. Indeed the fabulous New York guitarist, Woody Mann describes Tom’s work as follows:
Tom''s playing and vocal style comes from that natural place great music comes from - personal expression, honest and right from the heart. The music just flows.
He uses his unique set of circumstances as an opportunity to explore the limitless possibilities of making music. The sounds of his musical roots are there as his creative springboard - from lush jazz ballads to bluesy Mississippi Delta grooves to his own interpretations of classic tunes. But with his spontaneous approach, unique playing style and swinging groove, Tom creates something new, something completely his own. His original instrumental and vocal improvisations envelop you with his own excitement of the moment as the music just happens, in the moment, full of surprises. For me, playing music with Tom is a joy, on stage and off. It''s always about improvisation, searching, and listening.
I first met Tom at a workshop I was teaching in the UK. He was he was just getting into the music world - finding his way. Since then, he has recorded two critically acclaimed CD''s, performed throughout the UK, been teaching workshops, developed new guitar techniques and harmonic approaches that have further expanded the art of lap slide playing , and has gained legions of fans throughout the world. Yet'' with all is achievements he still remains one of the UK''s best kept secrets.
With this, his third release, Tom offers us a set of masterful original compositions that reflect the inspired journey of a great artist.