The Albuquerque Journal interviewed Thom Chacon for his upcoming 4/26 date at The Kitchen Sink. Read about Thom’s life in Durango, his new album “Blood in the USA” and the inspiration behind the lyrics here.
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
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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.
Thom Chacon’s cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “Still Looking For You” is featured on the new tribute album “When The Wind Blows: The Songs Of Townes Van Zandt”. The double CD set will be released April 22, 2018.
The late Townes Van Sandt was one of the great American songwriters. His work has been a major influence for me. I’m honored to be a part of this 32 song tribute, featuring, Andrea Parodi, Terry Allen, Slaid Cleeves, Joe Ely and many more. Due out April 22nd on Appaloosa Records/ IRD. – Thom Chacon
For the complete track listing and more information click here
Read the Avvenire review of Thom Chacon’s new album “Blood In The USA”below. For the original Italian version click here.
Born in California but now in Colorado, of Mexican-Lebanese origins, Thom Chacon is one of the new voices of the most traditional American songwriters in the sound and in content. Chacon was formed listening to Glen Cambell and Kris Kristofferson, as well as watering the values transmitted in blood from John Ford films: now, after making his debut in 2004 in Folsom following the footsteps of the other legend Johnny Cash and breaking a silence of a luster, the artist publishes an album kept in the drawer for two years, from the sounds to say the least essential (they only play in four, including him and the bass / drums of Dylan records) and content but with disruptive and tragic actuality.
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