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Tommy Connors: Finds

Mundy "July" - June 30, 2014

So after a show I did at Kitty Hoyne's, David Hoyne and I struck up a conversation about a few artists native to Ireland. Then we began showing me clips of some people he thought I'd appreciate. Mundy was one of those performers. Two days later I special ordered every CD of his from Ireland. This guy is great. He reminds me of the Robert Earl Keen of Ireland...which is a good thing.

Dido - See You When You're 40 (LIVE) - May 15, 2014


Just an amazing song - the performance is fantastic especially when she kicks into another gear at the end. I keep thinking she's going to segway in "Feel Us Shakin'" towards the end. Great band too.

Great Big World "Already Home" - May 1, 2014

Really amazing song and video. Worth sharing.

Tommy Connors to join Medicine Wheel - May 1, 2014

It's official. Tommy is now the front man and lead singer for the central New York Rock band, Medicine Wheel (http://www.medicinewheelband.com/). Medicine Wheel is a collaboration of great musicians that started strummin' in 2012. Prolific songwriter Charley Orlando (Ruha, Dexter Groove) and guitar great Michael Vincitore (Red Light District, Dark Hollow) stared an acoustic duo and were playing pub dates in the Syracuse area. The duo was great fun; but there was a desire to take that collaboration to the next level. Enter a rhythm section that has been playing together for over 15 years; Aaron Fried (Dark Hollow) on bass and Marc Stell on drums. In the spring of 2014, Charley stepped down, but Tommy Connors is stepping in to fill his HUGE shoes. The combined talents produce a wonderful synergy that we all know today as Medicine Wheel.

Fiction Plane "Two Sisters" - March 31, 2014

Vic Thrill & The Saturn Missle - February 9, 2014

So after The Bogmen split up, Billy started this band and they were so "off the wall". He adopted the stage name Vic Thrill and came up with some crazy and amazing tunes. This is one of them in which he shows off his unorthodox dance moves. Enjoy.

Francesco Forni - BLUE VENOM BAR - January 13, 2014


So I was in Rome Italy recently and aside from doing all the usual tourist stuff - I was able to check out some live music while there. I was in this great little cafe in Trastevere and caught Franceso doing a solo show. Awesome musician, great performer and even though most of what he sang was in Italian - you could feel what was going on in each song. He did an amazing version of Hendrix's Voodo Chile that was sick! His website is still under construction but his MySpace page is a great place to hear more tunes (http://www.myspace.com/francescoforni). Check him out. I have his album Tempi Meravigliosi and it's one of those rare CD's that you can just leave on repeat and enjoy over and over and over....good stuff.

Band of Horses (No One's Gonna Love You More Than I Do) - October 19, 2012


Man, I love this song. C. Lo Green just covered it on his new album too. Anyway, my best friend told me that there's a small buzz amongst my comrades in Philly that I'm a dead ringer for the drummer. Great vidio. Great band. Fantastic song.

Bon Iver - Holocene - September 13, 2012


It must have been the fall of 2008 when Danny Brennan, my long-time manager and now partner in wine turned me on to Bon Iver. I must admit, at that point in my life, it was tough for me to find the time to really "listen" to music. But over the past couple years, I'd pull this debut CD up on ipod and chill. Then I heard Peter Gabriel cover "Flume", which made me fanatical over the song. Then, this album came out in 2011 - simply titled "Bon Iver". I burned it onto a disc so that I could listen in high fidelity in my car - without all the bit crushing that happens when you convert into mp3's. Anyway, songs like this just invaded my mind and stayed there. Looking at the words alone, they came seem a bit cryptic - however, coupled with the music - you come away with this "I SOOOO GET IT" feeling. Do yourself a favor and grab this CD. It will grab you like a long lost lover.

Ladies & Gentlemen...Conway Twitty. - August 27, 2012


I remember when I was growing up in South Carolina I used to spend all my summer days at the neighborhood pool. We'd get high on Mentos and Mello Yello. Anyway, one of the lifeguards said that one of my friends looked just like Conway Twitty and called him that every summer to his face. My buddy would get so pissed, but me being from NY - I had no clue who Conway was.

I grew up eventually hearing about Conway Twitty and used to crack myself up about how angry my friend got every time he came to the pool. Anyway - here's a pretty good song of his that I came to know through a recent episode of Family Guy.

The Bogmen - Suddenly - June 10, 2012

Going to College in New York City, no band was hotter than The Bogmen from Long Island. I had the chance to see these guys several times and every show was simply amazing. One such show was at the Roseland Ballroom in Midtown Manhattan where they opened for the Barenaked Ladies and Big Head Todd - they blew them away. The crowd was whipped into such a frenzy that by the time the headliners came on, the crowd was spent. It was that cyclical energy between the crowd and band that we tried to emulate at every Homer show.

In 1994 they were singed to Arista and had the good fortune of Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads produce their album, "Life Begins at 40 Million" - which is in my top 5 off all time. This was the video they released. I actually caught it on MTV's 120 Minutes - I think it only aired a couple times.
The Bogmen - Suddenly (Official Music Video) - Click here for this week’s top video clips

The Walk - Meyer Hawthorne - March 27, 2012

I absolutely love this jam. I downloaded this album late last summer have have been digging it ever since. And this video is tremendous. Enjoy.

Good Old War - "Calling Me Names" - March 12, 2012


So if you have not heard of these guys, you will or you should. Daniel Schwartz was in several bands before Good Old War, a couple that actually joined Seeking Homer and myself on a few bills up and down the east coast. Anyway, they are just fantastic songwriters that have come up with a great fun sound. I was at The World Cafe in Philadelphia a few weeks ago to check out a free show in which they were promoting songs from the new album. A very good listen.

"HABITUAL LINE STEPPER" nominated for BEST POP ALBUM - October 19, 2011

...it's not the Grammy's - it's the Sammy's - or the Syracuse Area Music Awards as it known in Upstate NY. The event will be held Friday November 11th at the Syracuse Oncenter Ballroom. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit: www.syracuseareamusic.com. Wish us luck.

Mr. Anonymous "Spong Gong Diddley " - October 1, 2011

I am addicted to this video. Jeep keep 'em coming....

Jeff Buckley "What Will You Say" - August 20, 2011

What a tragic loss when the world lost Jeff Buckley. I have bought the album "Grace" about 10 times since it came out. I think I've even given it as a gift to many people too. I cannot describe Jeff's music - not even going to try. But if you don't know who he is, the world is a better place when you have an album like "Grace" to fall in to. This song never made an album unfortunately.

One EskimO - "Amazing" - August 2, 2011

So last summer I grabbed this album after hearing their song "Kandi" a million times on XM radio. Along with the Mumford & Sons "Sigh No More" - these have been staples with me wherever I've been. This is my new favorite one....

Peter Tosh & Mick Jagger - Don't Look Back - May 8, 2011


Here's a fantastic gem by two icons that seems to only get played on 88.5 WXPN in Philly. Not sure why. XPN has always had the nerve to play things no one else seems to have to balls too. This song always puts me in a great mood. It's stormy here in Syracuse and I'm in a bad mood right now. Thanks Mick and Peter.

The Samples "Everytime" Video - April 1, 2011

This is just a great video concept. The ol' Three Amigos plus 1 outfit. I think Andy told me one suit was actually blue-ish. Most of this was shot Joshua Tree. I remember catching this video on VH-1 back in the day - back when VH-1 was relevant.

David Gray "Shine" - February 22, 2011

3 Preview Tracks added to the site... - November 1, 2010

Good news, I put three rough mixes on the website today. Feel free to stream all you want. I also created an artist page on Facebook (TOMMY CONNORS) where these can be heard as well. Tommy Connors

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The new album is coming.... - October 11, 2010

UPDATE OCT. 11, 2010

So I’ve been fielding lots of questions over the past couple weeks on the new CD’s progress. Let me just say that everything has been amazing. We’ve recorded 13 songs but I think only 12 will make the cut. Like the Seeking Homer albums, there’s a theme that moves throughout and these twelve allow for the best ride.

Feeling blessed is an understatement when I speak with the souls involved in helping me with this “project”. I’ve always thought about recording my own album someday but to actually do it, without all the great ideas and sounds of my Homer boys – I just didn’t think it would be feasible. I just wouldn’t expect to come up with enough good songs all by my lonesome. What I also didn’t expect was how much I would be inspired by my central New York singer-songwriter comrades over the past year or so. People like Brad Thomas, Dusty Pas’cal, Mikey Powell, Lisa Gentile, Jeffrey Pepper Rogers – all have been so instrumental in supporting my efforts over the past year or so.

What I found funny about this album was the fact that songs came to me in pairs or triplets. Meaning in one night, two or three song ideas were coming about. This only happened once before during my Homer days (I wrote “Whiskeytown” and “Ms. Wichita” the same afternoon). This past Christmas, I wrote three songs in one night – “Show Me The Light”, “Don’t Answer Me Now” and “Galveston & Galway” – three gifts that you’ll never get Santa to drop under a tree. It was a great Christmas. And in April I wrote “Burying Confessions” and “When Does The Giving End” during my flights to and from Europe. “Never Meant that Much to Me”, “If You Run” and “Nothing More to Lose” all had their roots close together in time as well. I can’t explain it.

The one song I did not write on this album is a tune called “Break Me” – which was written by Dusty Pas’cal.

Performing on my album are some great souls. On drums I have Michael Seda, my brother from Seeking Homer. I couldn’t imagine recording with another drummer. On bass I was able to convince Max McKee to sit in. I am eternally grateful as he’s laid down some funky bass lines that really make these songs jump. I think we spent more time laughing as recording. On keyboards I have enlisted the world famous, Will Tobin. And vocals I have my 5th cousin Jeffrey Connor adding his fifty cents. Some of you have seen Jeffrey and I play live so you already know what he brings. For those of you that haven’t – you’ll be amazed as to how well our voices work together. And speaking of voices, I have the wonderful Krista Lewandowski singing duet on “Show Me The Light”. You are all going to love her.

Producing and Engineering I have Andrew Graecen and Jason “Jocko” Randall (John Brown’s Body) – a killer mix. Andrew has a great background in jazz, pop and acoustic music whereas Jocko is legendary for his thrash, metal and reggae mixes. The blend of styles and backgrounds has allowed me to go to places I never thought I could. And it’s because of this, that I am so proud of this effort. I hope you enjoy it.

So I will be in the studio the next two weeks putting in the final touches. I may release a couple samples online too. As of now, the release date looks to be the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I can’t wait.

See you soon. Thanks for all the support.

~TC

U2 Remembers September 11 - September 8, 2010

Jeep - Discotheque - August 15, 2010

Several years ago, Seeking Homer had the great pleasure of playing in Chicago with Jeep MacNichol, former drummer of The Samples. At the time he just released a solo album that was fantastic and was on tour with Kenny James (another former drummer of The Samples). Anyway, the show was amazing and since then, me and the other Homer guys have been looking forward to hearing more music from him.

Recently, he has been working on a project called Mr. Anonymous in which he is collaborating with Ranking Roger (English Beat), Sly & Robbie, Dave Wakeling (General Public), Pinchers, Mega Banton, Brando and Ranking Jr.

Here is a video from their most recent album. Great grooves. You can visit Jeep at www.jeepmusic.com.

Greetings From The Studio - June 7, 2010

Things here have been great. Feeling so inspired. So enlightened. I feel very fortunate for how things have fallen into place over years of time. For one, my producer, Andrew Graecen is someone I first met nearly ten years ago, when his band was touring alongside mine. Then this spring, he comes to one of my open mic nights, we reconnect. He tells me he’s doing some producing – engineering at a great studio called More Sound in Syracuse. A week later I take a tour with my good friend Lisa Gentile – and I’m sold. The vibe that Andrew and this great studio were giving off were exactly what I needed.

The first song I began to record was a gospel song called “Show Me The Light”. I had created a rough demo version on my computer at home that I shared with one of my favorite voices, Krista Lewandoski. Krista and I met last fall where we just happened to be on the same show and did a song with me after knowing each other all of 30 seconds. It was magic. And still is every time I hear her voice complimenting mine. So when I penned up this song – it was her voice I had in mind from day one. I am very honored that she’s come aboard to add to my project here. You are going to love her.

On drums, I have enlisted my long-time collaborator from Seeking Homer, Michael Seda. We have always had that ability to communicate without words when playing. He’s also always had this Jedi thing too where he knows what I’m going for in a song and he just knows what to do. “Set and forget it!” Back when Michael and I first began playing music together, we’d simply rehearse in my living room – acoustic guitars and drums. I would say “Ok, so I have a song and it goes like this…One. Two. One, two-three-four” and we’d be off. Our prep for this album was much the same. Very organic. This time we were in his garage in Connecticut wailing away just like old times. Hearing the songs for the first time with the force he brings – gave me chills.

For those of you that have seen me performing around Syracuse in the last month, there’s a good chance you’ve seen me performing with Jeffrey Scott Connor – a great singer/songwriter/piano player who adds so much to my live shows. Pretty soon he will be laying down his keyboard parts as well as some background vocals. I can’t wait.

I will also have some other special guests pending on scheduling issues. So far that has been the only issue we’ve had in recording – just lining up the schedules of the parties involved. But we are getting there. I’ve got 12 new songs that I can’t wait to share with you all. Hopefully it will be worth the wait.
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