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Top 5 with Tom Relling

Singer/Songwriter or Guitar Player doesn’t quite sum up all that Tom Relling is capable of. His newest album, “Tom Relling” (Self Titled), showcases his ability to play any instrument (he...

Singer/Songwriter or Guitar Player doesn’t quite sum up all that Tom Relling is capable of. His newest album, “Tom Relling” (Self Titled), showcases his ability to play any instrument (he played just about everything on the album except for some pedal steel from Eric Long and fiddle from Dave Pascoe), but even more so it shows his mastery of creating Rock N’ Roll.

Truthfully, writing about Tom is tough because how intertwined our musical and personal lives have been for over a decade. So to spare myself from saying too much, or too little, I’ll let this quick interview do the talking. Expect much more of Tom in the TENDREL journal.

Tom’s daughter was just born last week so wanted to keep it quick. I sent him a bunch of topics and asked for his top 5. Check it out and dig in.

Listen to “Tom Relling” (Self Titled) here:
Bandcamp
Spotify
“American Groover” Music Video


All photos taken by the next level Kory Thibeault (with the exception of the album cover - Tom made that)

Guitar Players
Pete Townshend
Luther Dickinson
Lowell George
Mike Bloomfield
Neil Young

Current Bands/Musicians
Neal Francis
Daniel Romano's Outfit
White Denim
Lemon Twigs
Rose City Band

Non Musical Influences That Influence Your Music
Nature
Typography / fonts 
Books
People
Dreams

North Bay Hang Spots
Spancky's (Cotati)
Smiley's (Bolinas)
Casino (Bodega) 
Elephant in the Room (Healdsburg)
Next Record Store (Santa Rosa) 

Books To Freak You Out
Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Censorship Now! by Ian Svenonius
I'm Just Dead, I'm Not Gone by Jim Dickinson
Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky & Moebius

Reasons To Get Out Of Bed
Capture an idea
Feed my daughter
Walk my dog
Have a coffee
Go out to breakfast

Local Rippers
Will Durkee
Daniel Erik
John Courage
Mayya
Jeremy Lyon 

Movies
Phantom of the Paradise
Help! 
Purple Rain
Knives Out
Big Lebowski

Things to do in the Studio While Not Recording
Embroidery
Drawing
Hittin the snacks
Meditate
Nap

Bevvies
Coffee
Stella Artois
Mezcal
Mexi Coke
Green Tea

Guilty Pleasure Music
"Hannah Montana" - Migos
”So Hot You're Hurting My Feelings" - Caroline Polachek
"Bang Bang" - Jessie J
"Waterloo" - ABBA
"Night Fever" - Bee Gees

Best Dressed Musicians
Prince
Roy Wood
Marc Bolan
Cyril Jordan
Wayne Kramer

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