Tom Marcellis Band
'...music that is so Kick Ass, that words cannot explain it.' - TLP Show Insomnia Radio Like the lava that dwells beneath the Halema'uma'u Crater Overlook, the Tom Marcellis Band is fiery and authentic. This uniquely accessible improvisational music engages audiences with a narrative style of rock steeped in the eclectic musical heritage of the south. At the core of Tom's song writing beats the heart of traditional blues, jazz, bluegrass and other American music adeptly integrated with global cultural styles. Says Tom, 'Sometimes the subject matter dictates the arrangement while other compositions exist long before the lyrics arrive. Dog Song developed from a story my uncle told. He used to raise beagles. The music just played in my head like a score while he spoke.' As a teenager Tom frequented the bluegrass festivals around the south, the Mountain Opry on Lookout Mountain, and many other jam sessions around Chattanooga. He also worked in local bands playing mostly blues, country and rock. While studying music in college, Tom performed at area jazz clubs, and played in jazz fusion bands. His unique voice as an instrumentalist began to gel. As a young adult he started writing songs while playing in original improv based bands. Soon after that Marcellis began to tour, mostly in the southeast, playing venues, clubs, theaters, colleges. Festivals and opening for acts like Allgood Music Company, Widespread Panic, Col Bruce Hampton, Blues Traveler, Indecision, The Black Crows, Bo Didley, Buckweat Zydeco, The Kudzu Kings, The Charlie Daniels Band, Blood Sweat and Tears, Sam Carr and Frank Frost etc... These experiences kiln fired his skills as a guitarist, and performer. With the release of his latest self titled CD, unforgettable hooks like 'Roll', 'Peaches' and 'Hole In My Head' made it to the studio. While 'You Call Me a Fool' laments the woes of tormented love with a juicy funk/R&B groove that transforms into hard driving rock and ventures completely outside, the unmitigated optimism of 'New Day' is fueled by a spacious Brazilian jazz theme. 'Stairway to Mars', an account of alien abduction, begins as a chilling specter of the Mississippi Delta igniting into a thick southern jam. Full of vibrant tone and rich poly rhythmic texture, these are visceral spontaneous recordings of a band determined to capture it's sound. Tom recalls 'My intention was to document the band's live vibe for that period. The tricky part is allowing the project to tell you when it's done.' Combining form and formless the Tom Marcellis Band invites the audience in and leaves them breathless with ear-to-ear smiles all around. With the outstanding rhythm section of Drummer Carveth Clauson and bass player Dominic Thiel they create grooves so deep, smooth and fun to ride you will never want to stop. Rounding out the line up Tom is frequently joined by such inspirational talents as award winning flutist Kat Epple, mandolinist Ryan Clark and others. Experimentation within arrangements as well as with composition itself connects the audience and performers to the music in a fundamentally organic way. His powerful and gentle style is instantly recognizable. Through touring combined with the release of his latest CD in 2006 the music is attracting loyal fans everywhere. In 2007 the band is headed into the studio again and there is another tour in the works. These shows are a spiritually uplifting experience that should not be missed. --------------- TMB News: Known for their dynamic and energizing live performances, the Tom Marcellis Band is one of the best up and coming acts in the country. They are currently in the studio recording the follow up to their very successful debut album. Tom Marcellis has been a touring musician and recording artist for over 15 years. Three years ago, what started as jam sessions in his teaching studio has become one of the most eclectic and vital musical collaborations on tour. Celebrated for their soaring improvisational and experimental compositions, the ensemble that makes up the TMB sound is among the tightest around. With compositions ranging from dark southern ballads, to Brazilian jazz to psychedelic funk and r&b, Tom Marcellis is an internationally acclaimed musician, singer and songwriter. Charting new territory on their musical explorations, the TMB are being compared by critics to such tremendous bands as "The Grateful Dead", "The Allman Brothers Band", "Little Feat" and many others. Like their studio debut, the new album highlights a number of new songs written both on the road and in the studio as well as a few classic previously unrecorded audience favorites. The new album (yet to be named) is expected to hit the shelves in the fourth quarter of 2007 and also features some surprise guests. The Tom Marcellis Band will be performing a series of club, theater and festival dates in support of their up coming release including stops in the South, Northeast, Midwest and West Coast. With an ever growing loyal and dedicated fan base their is no doubt that this band is rising fast to success.