TOM FAULKNER: Raise The RoofWhen Tom Faulkner released his debut CD, Lost in the Land of Texico, an image was born that painted a musical and lyrical picture of a place where listeners longed to go to again and again. It is truly a soulful experience to Get Lost ... And now, with the completion of Faulkner's second CD, Raise The Roof, the journey evolves, moving the listener to an even deeper and richer place.
Like Texico, Raise the Roof is explosive at times, yet gentle at others. The sounds and the stories are vintage Faulkner, taking the listener farther down a wonderfully familiar road, but with powerful new twists and turns that leave you, once again, longing for more. Faulkner's musical acumen even caught the attention of New Orleans' legendary Dr. John, who joined Tom to sing Blues Across America, a rocking tribute to the heritage of American blues. It also caught the attention of Delbert McClinton who penned New York City with Tom and put it on his own CD, Room To Breathe. Raise the Roof is sure to impact existing fans, as well as invite new ones.
To understand the music you need to know the person behind it.
Faulkner, a New Orleans-born singer/songwriter/producer knew by age 5 that music would be the fascination of his life when, after every movie, he would make his mom take him the the record store to buy the record. Then The Beatles came to America and he was hooked for life. He graduated from Dallas' Highland Park High School and, after earning a degree in philosophy from Washington and Lee University, returned to Dallas and put together a band, The Coconuts, that achieved rapid and prolonged regional success.
Signing with United Artists Publishing and a subsequent move to Los Angeles proved to everyone involved that record company promises can be as ethereal as vapor. After a multitude of unfulfilled promises, Faulkner came home, disillusioned, and the band broke up shortly thereafter. He immediately landed a job in a small recording studio with the intention of producing other bands and artists. While he gained production knowledge working in the studio, Faulkner's reputation as an accomplished composer caught the attention of advertising executives coast-to-coast. Consequently, while en route to a successful singer/songwriter career, Tom created some of the most memorable commercial music on television and radio. Most notably, he composed and sang the original I Want My Baby Back for Chili's, as well as the theme for Tom Bodett and Motel 6.
But Faulkner never abandoned his dream of one day owning his own studio and producing his own music. In 1990 he moved into Goodnight Audio and methodically assembled one of the finest state-of-the-art recording facilities in Texas. His intention: to create his own album. Based on his previous experience with the record industry, it should come as no surprise that in his endeavor to develop his own unique sound, Faulkner relied not on a record company to create his first CD, but on his own expertise and vision. Not that he doesn't credit many talented and supportive people who played essential roles, but Lost in the Land of Texico is truly an expression from the heart.
Faulkner didn't set out to create a concept album, but its inevitability soon became apparent. Lost in the Land of Texico arose, in part, from the memories of his travels over the backroads of the Southwest. His unique blend of Texas rock, blues, Cajun and Tejano music is a heartfelt abandonment of musical trends and a passionate embrace of the rich ethnic heritage of Texico.
Over five years have passed since the initial release of Texico yet the CD still has a life of its own, having spread by word of mouth to the edges of the world. The impact of this independent release is truly astounding:
- All ten songs on Lost in the Land of Texico have now received consistent airplay from all over the world, a real achievement for any CD, much less an independent one, and a testament to the strength of the CD as a whole.
- Over 250 stations in the US have now given songs from this CD airplay, many unsolicited, from a multitude of formats including Adult Contemporary, AAA, Americana, Country, Pop and Rock.
- Texico has reached over 20 countries. Five songs still receive airplay in Europe.
- The CD's first song, When You Call Upon The Heart, was written for Sam Shepard as an anthem to his screenplay, now a Showtime cult classic, Curse Of The Starving Class, and the song Lost In The Land Of Texico was used in the movie as well.
- Buscadero, Italy's leading American music magazine, gave the CD a tremendous review calling it one of those strong albums that come once in a blue moon and gave it the seldom awarded &Critic's Choice
- Delbert McClinton caught wind of Tom's talent and co-wrote New York City with him in the summer of 2001. Delbert placed it on his CD, Room To Breathe, released September 2002.
With Lost in the Land of Texico, and now Raise the Roof, Faulkner has created something new -- yet ageless. His uniquely soulful electric and acoustical blend of rock, blues, cajun and tejano could easily be dubbed the sound of Texas. He sings every song, and wrote or co-wrote them all. He plays acoustic and electric guitars, bottleneck slide guitar, dobro, mandola, bajo sexto, Hammond organ, clavinet, and percussion instruments. Coupled with an explosive band, these songs come to life on stage as well as they did in the studio.
You're going to love getting Lost in the Land of Texico...
and you're definitely going to want to Raise the Roof.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Raise The Roof
3. Why Should I
4. This Place In Your Heart
5. Blues Across America
6. First Man
7. That Boy
8. Too Much TV
9. Wash Me In Angels
10. Ethyl's House
11. Vaya Con Dios