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When I found out a couple months ago from Rueben Williams (Thunderbird Management Group) that he was adding Tommy to his impressive roster, needless to say big smiles appeared on my face and my soul, and after hearing a couple demos of new material, those smiles stretched ear to ear. That literally one of a kind unique soulful voice/instrument along with the songwriting skills of a poet that Tommy possesses has been missing from the New Orleans music scene on a consistent basis since the “soul drenched” Subdudes parted ways initially in 1996 after a 10 year stand where the band “medicated the masses”(including myself every chance I could catch them) with their “subdued”(and that's where the name came from) sound which morphed out the Continental Drifters in the early 80's. I can't remember who told me this story, but back in early January during one of Tommy's acoustic shows, I was told about a special moment at a primarily black wedding ceremony where the band was booked(pre-Subdudes) to play, where everyone was just sitting around while the band played their tunes, until this skinny black haired dude in the band got up and sang a cover of Al Green's “Tired of Being Alone” where Tommy's soulful voice ignited the reception and filled the dance floor for the rest of the evening. You can hear this version on the Subdudes CD entitled “Lucky”, and if you have this CD in your repertoire, you should......trust me.......Last Friday I was able to make it by the Music Shed Recording Studio for the last day of a week long recording session where former Subdudes front man Tommy Malone was putting the final touches on his upcoming M.C. Records release with producer John Porter. Unfortunately my dad was in the hospital this week, so I wasn't able to make it to the sessions earlier in the week when Jon Cleary was lay'n down tracks along with drummer Doug Belote and others , but the few hours I spent there on Friday afternoon with Tommy was much needed music to my ears and medicine for my soul. Here are a few pics from the session. Also lookin forward to doin the CD/marketing photo shoot later this week. Jerry ;-) More pics and a musical slideshow can be seen at http://www.nativeorleanian.org/tommy_malone_the_music_shed_2_22_13
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