Confession in the Back Room
John Schoenberger, AAA Editor of the radio industry bible 'Radio & Records,' said it best: 'Tom Sheehan is an artist that you need to know about.' Songwriter Tom Sheehan is to popular music what director Oliver Stone is to film. Emotional, evocative songs that find their roots in the news, human relationships and the world around us. Songwriter Tom Sheehan writes from experience - with a seasoned, non-fiction perspective. A real bar band record, 'Confession in the Back Room' is sweaty, gritty and real. Tom's third independent release and a follow-up to his critically acclaimed 'Film at Eleven' and his 1996 debut, 'Where You Are,' 'Confession in the Back Room' is also different. Recorded completely remotely over nine months using the Internet as a collaboration tool, 'Confession in the Back Room' brings twelve top notch players together in seven studios from Los Angeles to New Jersey to Philadelphia in sessions so unique that the project was profiled in the February 2006 issue of 'Recording Magazine.' 'Confession in the Back Room' was produced by Tom Sheehan and Steve Jankowski, mixed by Richard Oliver Furch in the Green Room (North Hollywood), and mastered by Dominick Maita at Airshow Mastering (Boulder, CO). The record features, in addition to Tom, Chet McCracken on drums; Scotty Manzo on bass; Michito Sanchez on percussion; Joshua Yudkin on piano, organ and accordion; David Cullen and Bob Szajna on guitars; Jay Davidson on sax; Steve Jankowski on trumpet, trombone, valve trombone and flugelhorn; Chris Sheehan (Johnny Action Figure) on harmony vocals; and Deb Lyons and Diane Garisto on backing vocals. Certainly not the first to fuse social commentary with rock music, Tom Sheehan does so with great conviction and effect. Among the fourteen tracks on 'Confession in the Back Room' for example, 'Open All Night' explores the darker side of the LA club scene; 'Come to Papa' tackles child abuse; and 'In the Sandbox,' U.S. foreign policy in the middle east. Others explore transvestite prostitutes ('Party Girl'), presidential/intern dalliance ('Crimes of Passion'), and migrant workers ('Watsonville-Crossing Over). And all of the songs on "Confession in the Back Room" are drenched a healthy dose of funk and horn driven rhythm and blues-not your typical pop music fare. But then, Tom Sheehan is not your typical songwriter. He's an artist with a gifted vision...and a unique view of the world...an artist that you need to know about.