“… His voice, laced with the earth he walks upon, drives the album; sculpting each track into a gritty representation of a life well lived …”
Tom VandenAvond walks a path blazed by songwriting pioneers before him. He travels from town to town playing for audiences that may not know who he is at the beginning of the night, but leave fans once the last chord is strummed. “Wreck of a Fine Man” is covered in the dust from the long days spent on the road with his guitar and dog as his only companions. Tom lives what he writes and the latest release solidifies this fact. If you haven’t heard Tom VandenAvond before, think of an updated Woody Guthrie, traveling the country playing music and leaving wonderment in his wake. His voice, laced with the earth he walks upon, drives the album; sculpting each track into a gritty representation of a life well lived.
Each Tom VandenAvond record is like the next chapter in his autobiography. The standout on the album is, “Busted Knuckles.” VandenAvond writes about fellow traveling songwriters that are anchored to the everyday struggles, but have an overwhelming need to roam the country; busted knuckles their only souvenir. Pick up the record and enjoy.