“Ricky-Nelson esque purity that it barely needs accompaniment” Mojo
“totally earthbound and at the same time out there in the ether” NPR
“a straight-forward grace that recalls the writing of John Steinbeck” Time Out
North Dakota’s finest troubadour Tom Brosseau return’s with his first solo release in 5 years and his 7th studio album to date. ‘Grass Punks’ draws on themes of on the emptiness of a false dream, loyalty, betrayal and perseverance. It was recorded and produced by Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) near the 101 FWY in Hollywood, California.
The album title was taken from a phrase belonging to a San Diego based artist who would perform her soft, low voiced poetry overcafard melodies on the piano.
Brosseau’s thoughts on Grass Punks: Grass Punks at once brought to my mind an earthen smouldering stick, used to light a wick or ward off peskiness, but now it stands for something greater, a sort of heading for everything I believe in when it comes to my folk music and DIY recording.
Tom Brosseau is a folksinger and songwriter who currently resides in Los Angeles, California. He comes from a working family with a musical background, though none have received formal training. His grandmother Lillian Uglem taught him the acoustic guitar while he was in grade school.
Mayor Mike Brown presented Brosseau the Key to the City of Grand Forks, North Dakota in 2007 for his album of original work entitledGrand Forks. The songs were based on the devastating Red River flood of 1997. Natalie Portman chose a track from Grand Forks, “Plaid-lined Jacket” as part of her continuing work with FINCA, an organization whose mission is to assist communities of impoverishment.
Tom Brosseau has toured with John Doe, Juliana Hatfield, PJ Harvey and his songs have been covered by such acts as Mice Parade (FatCat), Blues grass artist Chris Thile, Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Silje Nes and Emily & Christy.
Since 2010, Brosseau has performed with Becky Stark and John C. Reilly in John Reilly & Friends, a band devoted to the current American folk music revival, whose members also include Dan Bern, Willie Watson, Greg Leisz, Jerry Roe and Sebastian Steinberg. In 2011, Reilly and Brosseau recorded a 7″ vinyl single entitled John & Tom that was produced by Jack White for Third Man Records.
He has toured the UK, 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.