Tom Brosseau, North Dakota-born, LA-based songwriter and singer, will join as special guest of Robert Ellis (New West Records) for a month of summer touring. Brosseau & Ellis met earlier this year, while performing at the Cayamo music festival. Brosseau performed with the Watkins Family Hour, led by Sara and Sean Watkins and featuring David Garza, Sebastian Steinberg and Don Heffington. Audiences at the Ellis/Brosseau shows will hear new music from both artists, Ellis in support of his upcoming album release; Brosseau will reward fans with previews of his newly recorded album produced by Sean Watkins.
Brosseau learned acoustic guitar from his grandmother; has toured Japan, Canada, Portugal, Iceland, Australia; performed in bars, backyards, grand halls, subways, theaters, old folks homes; exchanged songs and poetry with many talented folks, including Susan Orlean, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Patrick Marber, Bonnie Raitt and the late Sam Hinton.
Tom Brosseau on his background: "I grew up with music in the church, in the school, music at home. I learned a lot of hymnal and folk songs, both traditional and contemporary, and since I was influenced by what my grandparents listened to, in a sense I studied the singers and songwriters of the great American songbook.”
Not long after Brosseau moved to Los Angeles in 2003, he began performing at the renowned club, Largo, where he met Sara and Sean Watkins. Sean Watkins recorded Brosseau’s much praised 2014 release, Grass Punks, as well as the forthcoming 2016 album. John Parish (PJ Harvey) produced Brosseau’s 2015 album, Perfect Abandon. Brosseau and a three-piece band of electric guitar, double bass & drumkit, recorded Perfect Abandon at The Cube Theater in Bristol UK, using only a single mic.
In addition to his own USA, UK & Europe touring, Brosseau sings and plays guitar with Becky Stark and John C. Reilly in John Reilly & Friends. The group summons the close harmonies and soul of earlier American music, performing at NYC’s Lincoln Center, the Sasquatch Festival, the Newport Folk Festival, in Galway and Dublin Ireland, the UK and Australia.