Tommy West Band
Tommy West releases first single
Tom Harrison (Vancouver Sun)
Published: January 28, 2017
Updated: January 29, 2017 3:08 PM
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Tommy West is thinking big and moving fast.
By this time next year he figures he’ll have had a series of hit records in the country genre and will be headlining his own concerts.
That begins today (Jan. 30) with the release of his first single, Test Of Time.
An unapologetically sentimental look at his parents lasting love, Test Of Time is refreshing in its honesty. It is typical of Tommy West’s songs in that its sincerity is believable.
He quit an amply paying job as a pipefitter foreman, installing air conditioner and heating units, seven months ago to pursue what had been a sideline singing and playing solo. He turned his back on security and took a leap of faith into the less certain world of writing and performing music full time.
“It was December (2015) that I woke up , saying ‘I’ve had enough.'” he recalls. “I knew that I had to get serious about this.”
In a short time, and at great personal expense, he started writing songs, formed a band, developed an image and a concept appointed his wife, Heather, to create a website, consulted a lawyer, Bob D’Eith, hired a publicity firm, Last Tango, teamed with a producer, Award-winning Tom McKillop, and made an EP’s worth of songs, of which Test Of Time was among the first.
“I didn’t have a plan,” he remembers waking up jobless and wondering how he was going to, in his word, “reinvent” himself. “I’m going to do it properly,” Tommy concluded. “I knew I had to learn the business.”
So, with eyes and ears open, he listened to advice and suggestions and took in the lessons of the music business.
“Whether right or wrong, I just had to do it,” he concludes. “I’ve surprised myself.
“Anything I want to do, I have to do at this level,” Tommy adds, holding a hand up above himself. “Or else I can’t do it.”
To that end, Tommy West has created his own record label, Easy Hours, which will release his records, and to go out on the road. At the risk of sounding trite, it is the realization of a dream.
“Music has always been part of my life,” he says. “I used to go to bed thinking I’m onstage singing.”
And so began his own test of time.
I just wanted to let you know that I had endless compliments on having you at the event and the music was perfect and what a special dimension it brought to the evening. I always try to put on great events and you were a huge part of achieving that last night!
So on behalf of all of us, thank you so much!
Allison Bergen, CRM CIP CAIB,
Regional Manager, The InsureBC Group
At the Giovanni Bastone Foundation’s 4th annual gala for childhood cancer research, Tommy’s blend of melodies and passion for his music set the tone for a fabulous evening. Tommy connected with the audience when he drove home classics from Blue Rodeo and the Eagles, and left them wanting more. Anyone who listens to Tommy appreciates that he has deep respect for the artists he covers. The original music that he writes and performs has evolved from his West Coast roots, and classic rock influences. Not only is Tommy a great artist, but he’s also a pretty decent guy. He has been a long-time partner with us in our efforts to find a cure for childhood cancer and he has donated many hours of his time to our cause.
Tommy is one of the most generous, kind and thoughtful performers I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. When I first approached Tommy to pitch the idea for a benefit, Hear The Hunger, to raise money for LUMS, an organization that feeds and cares for Vancouver's Downtown East Side most vulnerable and marginalized citizens, he did not even hesitate to answer yes when he was asked to perform....in fact, he was volunteering his help before the presentation was complete.
Tommy has a knack for choosing songs that suit his voice and music that moves his audiences to their feet, whether their swooning over a ballad or grooving to west coast country. His enthusiasm is infectious and it's impossible not to have a good time when he's on stage.
It's been nearly a year since the benefit and people are still talking about his performance that night. I'm pretty sure that at least half the women in the audience may just have a secret crush on him....including my own Mom and Sister. Without his hard work and dedication the night would not have been nearly the success it turned out to be.
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2 weeks in a row on DMDS’ Top 10
Most Active Indie Ch art
Within the first two weeks of rele
Top Yangaroo DMDS Music Tracks Of The Week
The following are tracks delivered to radio by digital distributor DMDS/Yangaroo in Canada and broken down into two categories. Top Downloads represents the most copied tracks in the week ending Feb. 3, and the Most Active Indies blends downloads and streams, with the affiliated label and radio promotions company in parenthesis.
Most Active Indies
1. Danko Jones “My Little RnR” (eOne/Canvas Promo)
2. The Matinee “Blood Alley” (Light Organ/RPMpromo)
3. Tommy West Band “Test Of Time” (Easy Hours/Last Tango Promo)
4. Aaron Pritchett “When A Momma’s Boy Meets a Daddy’s Girl” (Big Star/A. Wilson Promo)
5. Major Lazer f. PartyNextDoor “Run Up” (Mad Decent/Frontside Promo)
6. The Pistolwhips “Voices” (Indie/RPMpromo)
7. Keshia Chanté “F-It Tho” (Indie/Frontside Promo)
8. Christie Palazzolo “Out of Time” (Indie/Radio Active Promo)
9. David James “What If I Don’t” (MDM/Dale Speaking Promo)
10. Bucko & Toad “Country Strong” (604/A. Wilson Promo)