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Bill Toms and Hard Rain

Bill Toms has evolved to become one of the best orators in the music world today. He is definitely the reincarnate troubadour. With a guitar, a pen, a lot of passion, Bill Toms connects to an audience and embraces the American traditions of rhythm, blues, soul, folk, and country. His gifts of music and storytelling, paired with his creative compulsion for songs that burrow deep into the soul, have his dedicated fans continually coming back for more.

He joined Pittsburgh”s legendary band, The Houserockers, as lead guitarist in 1987. The band’s meteoric rise into the professional music scene enabled Bill to tour the United States and Europe repeatedly. The Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers opened for and played with a long and impressive list of notables, such as The Band, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Little Feat and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

During his 19 years of playing guitar and singing back-up vocals for the Houserockers, Toms’ recorded six studio albums and one live concert album. In 1995, the acclaimed CD, “American Babylon,” was recorded and produced by Bruce Springsteen.

“We keep growing and developing our tools to communicate. That is the definition of our art.” - Bill Toms

Though he can rock with the best of them, Bill has another musical side, exploring the folk tradition of Americana with an introspective pen.
Harry Funk ~ Washington Pa Observer-Reporter:

Bill Toms’ solo performances have taken him all over the United States and Europe. Some of the headline artists Bill has opened for include Levon Helm, Marshall Crenshaw, The Kennedys, Steve Forbert, Dave Alvin, Lloyd Cole, and Ellis Paul.

In addition to his previous five studio CD's and one EP, his latest CD, “Spirits, Chaos, and a Troubadour Soul” was released to critical acclaim in April, 2008

Upcoming projects also include:
Reissue of his CD “One Lonesome Moment”
DVD Documentary – scheduled for 2010 release
Live CD scheduled for January, 2010
New studio recording – scheduled for a 2010 release
Bill Toms’ Annual Thanksgiving Benefit Concert
2010 US/Canadian/European tour solo and with his band, Hard Rain


DISCOGRAPHY

With Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers:
“Rock and Real” - Rounder Records, 1989
“Swimming with the Sharks” - Rounder Records, 1991
“End of the Century” - Razor and Tie, 1992
“American Babylon”- Razor and Tie, 1995
“Coming Home” - Big Star, 1997
“Down the Road Apiece, Live” - Schoolhouse Records, 1999
“True Companion” – Schoolhouse Records, 2003

With Bill Toms and Hard Rain:
“Paradise Avenue” - Schoolhouse Records, 1997
“My Own Eyes” - Moondog Records, 1999
“This Old World” - Moondog/Schoolhouse Records, 2001
“The West End Kid” – Moondog Records, 2005
“Spirits, Chaos, and a Troubadour Soul’ – AmeriSon Records, 2008
“Live at Moondogs: Another Moonlight Mystery” – AmeriSon Records, 2009

Bill Toms Solo:
“One Lonesome Moment” - Out of the Rain Records, 2002

Booking:
Ira Planer –management: iplaner@burrissamps.com
919.349.0942

Bill Toms - billtoms@comcast.net
412.303.3867

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