“I’m Honored to be on the February cover of Buscadero Magazine! Buscadero is one of the longest running Italian music magazines still in publication. Bruce Springsteen was on the first cover in 1980! Grazie Paolo Carú and Andrea Parodi for giving my music life in Italy and beyond. Photo by Alexia Bernal Carroll.” – Thom Chacon
NEW EP FROM AMERICAN SONGWRITER CELEBRATES THE ‘UNDER DOG’
Sit back and get your notepad ready because it’s time to delve into a different perspective in Americana songwriting. Following his 10 song manifesto Blood in the USA, Thom Chacon returns with a four-song EP entitled American Way.
The new EP features four new tracks that take a raw look into Thom Chacon’s mind when he deals with the topics of love, loss and patriotism. When asked about how he composes a song, Chacon says, “I write about the things that keep me up at night”.
American Way is a soothing EP, which shows how Chacon can tell a story with not much more than his voice and an old acoustic guitar. The new EP was recorded in the winter of 2018 with a barebones cast of all-star musicians including Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan), Tommy Mandel (Dire Straits), and features a haunting cover of “One of Us”, the hit song popularized by Joan Osborne in 1995.
Thom Chacon recorded “I Am An Immigrant” with Italian actress / singer Violante Placido. The song is featured on the new Appaloosa Records compilation, “Yayla”. The proceeds from the CD will be donated to projects in support of political refugees managed by the Astalli Center. To purchase the album visit appaloosarecords.it
More information about the release:
June 20th 2018, on the occasion of World Refugee Day, Yayla comes out, the double CD produced by Centro Astalli in collaboration with Appaloosa Records. Yayla is the meeting between artists of different origins and genres, to give life to a musical journey in which the borders are overcome by the beauty of words and notes. … Continue Reading
“Singer-songwriter Thom Chacon likes a good story. He likes a good story so much that when writing songs he favors the tales of towns and drifters as much as instrumentation and melody. Call him a storyteller with a guitar, a gruff-voiced independent-folkie who Durango locals may know more as a fly-fishing guide than musician, as he spends more time fishing in local rivers than he does performing.” Read the full article here.
Read Black Dogs & Waltzes review of Thom Chacon’s new album “Blood In The USA below. For the Italian language version of the review click here.
Born in Durango, Colorado, it already has great appeal, with its appeal to the west, to the border and, of course, to Bob Dylan (“Romance in Durango”, also sung by our De Andrè). But Thom Chacon does not need particular suggestions to make his music, he would stand up well even if it were a more anonymous city. Thom is good and had already demonstrated in 2013, with the excellent, self-titled debut album. Since then five years have passed and finally a new record comes to light, which had been in the drawer for some time. Our Appaloosa gives him the right space and “Blood In The Usa”, despite the brevity, only 27 minutes, (you could do something more, but patience), it is even higher than the debut. It is for a very precise quality: the songs have a more “mood”, an acoustic, intimist base, which is the red thread for the stories of workers, immigrants, farmers, that our “Dylan of Durango”, as it is called, shoves with beautiful intensity. The wrinkled, important voice, an acoustic guitar, some border echoes (the splendid “I Am An Immigrant”), a lot of dust, the bass by Tony Garnier (the master of ceremonies of Bob Dylan since 1989!), The warm wind of a Hammond and very little else. The difference here is the songs, really beautiful, pieces in which Thom firmly believes, that has grown and perfected over the years, and that in their folk plot are not afraid of anything or anyone: jewelry like “Easy Heart” , the aforementioned “Immigrant” or “A Bottle, Two Guitars And a Suitcase”, are there to explain it to us. And perhaps, this record also explains that it is not necessary to lengthen the soup with useless pieces when you have such good pieces available. To listen and listen again, reading the Italian translations contained in the booklet. All very nice.
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Thom Chacon’s song, “Before The Drilling Rigs Got Here” has won the PICK YOUR CAUSE / SOCIAL CAUSES Special Promotion for the 2017 International Songwriting Competition (ISC).
My family and I have made our home in southwest, Colorado. I wrote “Before The Drilling Rigs Got Here” to remind myself how lucky I am to live in a beautiful place and how important it is to help keep it that way. This song is also on “Buy This Fracking Album”; a two CD set that is aimed at bringing awareness to the negative effects fracking has on the environment. I’m proud that “Before The Drilling Rigs Got Here” has won the PICK YOUR CAUSE / SOCIAL CAUSES Special Promotion for the 2017 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). Special thanks to ISC, Perry Margouleff, Jason Samel and Buy This Fracking Album.