Tom Brosseau is a North Dakota-born, LA-based songwriter and singer who learned to play acoustic guitar from his grandmother. He has toured Japan, Canada, Portugal, Iceland, Australia; performed in bars, backyards, grand halls, subways, theatres, old folks homes; exchanged songs and poetry with many talented folks, including Susan Orlean, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Patrick Marber, Bonnie Raitt and the late Sam Hinton. Brosseau also sings and plays guitar with Becky Stark and John C. Reilly in John Reilly & Friends.
Tom Brosseau on his background: ‘I grew up with music in the church, in the school, music at home. I learned a lot of hymnal and folk songs, both traditional and contemporary, and since I was influenced by what my grandparents listened to, in a sense I studied the singers and songwriters of the great American songbook.’
Not long after Brosseau moved to Los Angeles in 2003, he began performing at the renowned club, Largo, where he met Sara and Sean Watkins. Sean Watkins recorded Brosseau’s much-praised 2014 release, Grass Punks, and has also recorded forthcoming album North Dakota Impressions.
John Parish (PJ Harvey) produced the other album of the trilogy, Brosseau’s 2015 album,Perfect Abandon. Tom and a three-piece band recorded the album at The Cube theatre in Bristol, using only a single mic.
Produced by Sean Watkins in Silverlake and Highland Park, Los Angeles, North Dakota Impressions is released on 16 September 2016 via Crossbill Records.
‘North Dakota troubadour brings stark, trembling beauty to folky acoustic pop. The world is better for it’ – MOJO