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Tom Hanson

Tom Hanson's musical life began in the misty ’80s, as a member of bands inspired by the great post-punk and dream-pop artists of the era. At the time, Tom was the drummer and main songwriter for these groups (yeah, weird). As the band days came to a close, Tom transitioned to writing dreamy little folk songs on acoustic guitar, recording them at home and, now and then, sharing them with a small circle of friends.

Tom was more or less content with this arrangement for many years. However, in 2001, at the urging of a few of these friends, he finally pulled together some of the tunes and released a first solo CD, "Wake of the Moon." To his shock, the album generated a fair bit of internet buzz–primarily among the Nick Drake and moody-mellow-music crowds–and over the next few years, he distributed nearly all of the first run of 1000 copies.

From the outset, Tom made "Wake of the Moon" available online as a complete free download, and also provided CDs on a complimentary basis for those who could not otherwise afford them. Many listeners responded by, in return, sharing music with Tom, and along the way, several long term friendships were forged.

In 2007, Tom released a follow-up CD, "Everything Takes Forever." Again, he offered "Everything Takes Forever" as a full, free download, but also decided to send the disc to CD Baby for online purchase and distribution. Tom was surprised (and gratified) when CD Baby selected it as a "Top Editor’s Pick," featuring it as one of their recommended albums out of a catalog of half a million titles, and stating, “Simply put, if you only buy one folk or rock album this month, this should be it.”

The CD Baby recommendation led to additional buzz and new opportunities, including placement of several of Tom's songs in films and on national TV shows: Hall Pass ("Here and Now"), One Tree Hill ("My Love in Blue"), Being Human ("The First Thing") and Ghost Whisperer ("Even So").

2011 brings the release of a new album, "The Magical Adventures of Down," which is available for digital download here at CD Baby, as well as at or