Oakland singer/songwriter and guitarist Tom Huebner digs into the loamy soil of country, folk, blues and bluegrass influences to craft songs that deliver deeply personal themes and that often reflect the diversity of today's American cultural landscape. It's a world full of rogues and heroes, dreamers and romantics, hard-bitten realists and jaded, faded lovers. From the "El Norte" barrios of California, to the Louisiana Cajun country, to the Alamo Mission walls of San Antonio and all the back roads in between, Tom's songs explore the full range of human emotion - joy, anger, sorrow, despair and hope. Born in Arizona and growing up close to the Mexican border in rural California, Tom's musical roots run deep in traditional American forms like blues, jazz and country. When not preaching, his late father, a Methodist minister, played boogie-woogie piano in the rollicking style of Meade "Lux" Lewis, Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson. He gave Tom a musical legacy and introduction to the great American Jazz tradition. With a strong AM radio signal beaming in music over the local citrus and avocado groves from San Diego, Tom grew up loving the pop melodies and harmonies of bands like The Beatles and Byrds, as well as the tough-rock guitar riffs of Keith Richards and the Rolling Stones. Later with the advent of the late '60's and early '70's, his ear turned toward much of what was then happening in the L.A. and Northern California country-rock scenes with people and bands like Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman and The Flying Burrito Brothers, the early Eagles recordings with Bernie Leadon, The Grateful Dead's seminal work on their 1970 albums Working Man's Dead and American Beauty, and those great visionaries of modern Americana - The Band. His forays into country and bluegrass have been inspired by a long-time love of the high, lonesome sound of people like Bill Monroe and Doc Watson, folk singer Woodie Guthrie and country artists like Merle Haggard, Willy Nelson and Waylon Jennings, as well as more recently acclaimed songwriters like Steve Earle, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams and Dave Alvin. Honing his talents as a singer, songwriter and guitarist in numerous bands since his early twenties, Tom eventually went on to co-found the popular Bay Area band Key Lime Pie (KLP) (www.keylimepiemusic.com). After a six-year stint with KLP that saw the release of their first album entitled Cookin' in 2000, he left the band in 2001 to pursue a solo career. In 2004 Tom completed a new album entitled Highway 43, which he co-produced with former Sopwith Camel member Nandi Devam (Terry MacNeil) for Devam's indie label, Camel Records. The CD is Tom's first work as a solo artist and features ten of his original compositions. To hear samples of the recording and to purchase it on-line, click over to cdbaby.com. Tom has performed his music in front of enthusiastic crowds at festivals, clubs and venues throughout California and as a member of Key Lime Pie, shared the bill with such talents as Peter Rowan, Joe Craven and The Rebirth Brass Band. His current group features Stacey Erdman on rhythm guitar and vocals and former Key Lime Pie member Dean Cook on drums. Together with bassist Mark Petrella, they round out a rockin' band that brings it all together wherever they play.
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