Huge highlight for me personally this month is getting recognized by Taylor Guitars. I’m now listed on their Artist Relations page. I’ve been playing Taylor for years, and they’ve been my stage guitars for a long, long time. But recently, things came together and I now have a Taylor T5z, which is a hollow body electric, but with acoustic guitar switches. This switching capability makes my life easier as I will potentially use one less guitar during our great concerts. The new T5z is AWESOME! The T5z is also made out of Koa wood, which is so cool! Many thanks to Taylor Guitars!
Getting the new album ready for distribution is going be just as much work as what went into making the music. Frankly, it’s a bit overwhelming, but the timing is good in that all of us have other stuff going on, so the downtime is used to make progress in other areas. The main thing is to always keep moving forward! Keep on ROCKIN’!
The House of Blues Chicago show was awesome! I can’t really put my finger on it, but magic was in the air. It is so much fun going into a crowd and meeting new people. That particular night was amazing. We met so many cool people and made many new fans! It was a really fun night. The HOB is always a great place to perform and many thanks to them for having us.
I know this is short, but it’s Friday and I want to start rocking the weekend!!!!! More good news soon!!!
Big, big show at the House of Blues Chicago on Friday!! So looking forward to seeing many of you out there rockin’ with us. Planning on doing 4 or 5 new tunes too from the new album project. I can finally announce the name. It’s really hard to name an album sometimes. So many to choose from. I meditated over it and the message was clear: WATERFALL. The title song is about transformation of me. All the songs are a part of that transformation. Past, present, future. I love it!!!!!!! Hoping to see many of you Friday. The band is pretty pumped too.
My Brazil trip was thoroughly awesome. I fact, I will go back next year and do it again. Short term, I’ll be in Rhinebeck, NY at the Omega Institute to see John Of God again, in the Fall. Many of the new friends I made in Brazil, will be there too. Many thanks to all the people who helped me get there, guided me there, and became my friends. Love all of you.
One of the eerie highlights, was seeing for the first time a blue butterfly cruising by after coming over a waterfall!! I got immediate chills. Guess what? I will write a ballad about that butterfly. Confirmed in my heart, that Waterfall is the correct new album title. Beautiful, just beautiful. Can say the same about Brazil. My trip truly was the best thing I’ve ever done for Tom. I also witnessed firsthand, several miracles. Amazing.
I’m going to try and write a blog once a month now. I think that way I’m more focused and ready. So this is my February blog and a late Happy Valentine’s Day to all.
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year Everyone! I’m really glad 2016 is over. Tough year for many, including me. Hello 2017!
I’m on a flight back to Chicago from Muscle Shoals, AL via Nashville. Just completed the mixing of the new record at legendary FAME Studios with Don Srygley of Mojo Filter. Don’s an old friend of my creative team and gets my tunes…always.
Next up will be mastering at Abbey Road Studios in London. I always feel good going there, like I’ve arrived and belong. These 14 new tracks are my best work. The project will be called …? Stay tuned for the answer. It might change. :) Maybe one of the reasons I love this project so much is that I wrote two songs for my daughter Molly Rose, who also just turned two. Wow.
The new record will definitely be available on vinyl. A vinyl revolution is happening and all TFB music will be available on vinyl. I had to buy a turntable. I just love the sound of the needle when it touches the record. It’s an experience that resonates with many. It makes listening to a record an emotional journey. I think the sound is better as well.
Still on an EvenFlow gig high. Fun night, great crowd, warm smiles. Thanks to all that came out on that cold night last month. Dave did a great job with sound and Jeff Berger got some cool pics. TFB has been a fluid band lately. We’ve had to deal with illness, travel, schedules etc. So if you see a pics of Ben Mason on bass or Anthony Rubino on guitar, they’re filling in and are great players. The show must go on!!!
Hoping those that couldn’t make EvenFlow will show up at the House of Blues Chicago show on February 17th. This show will most definitely have many new tunes. We could do 53 minutes of new tunes. Come on out and party with us! I insist!!! HOB shows are worth it. I’ll be looking for you.
This Sunday I am leaving for Brazil to see John Of God. This is a two-week spiritual journey I have wanted to do for many years. I feel very excited and fortunate to make this trip. Tommy needs a tune up :) . The chance to go arrived and I pounced on it. I’m going to take with me my new baby Taylor guitar. Might get inspired and write another project!!! You never know.
Anybody else glad the Holidays are over?
Holiday and Album Update
Happy Holidays!!! Last week, I was diagnosed with Bronchitis. Hate it, inhaler, steroids, antibiotic. I have a new respect for those with this illness. Hang in there. At least the fever stage is behind me. Have been really exhausted. However, to keep this real: I burn the candle at both ends, multi task on several levels at the same time, visiting Korea, Japan, UK twice to see my daughter, and numerous trips to Nashville to work on the new record. It caught up to me and now, I’m getting better. I sleep a lot which I guess is crucial too.
I have to get better because we’re doing our annual Holiday show at EvenFlow Music & Spirits in Geneva, IL. I really hope many of you can make it. We’re going to try and have a couple of surprises too, namely a couple of new tunes. This fun time is happening on Thursday December 22nd at 8PM. Perfect start to the Holiday Season. And I sincerely hope to see many old and new friends there!
New Record: All the words have been written, all the notes played, and I sang all of my lead vocals. There are 14 new tunes in total. All are different and all hold their own. Now on to Pre-Mix. Pre-Mix is really important, because it sets the structure of how it should be mixed at the end. Phil Tennant from London is flying over next week for this crucial stage. Looking forward to seeing Phil. He always has great ideas. And as always, my great friend and producer Rick Chudacoff will be at the helm.
After the Pre-Mix, we go to full blown mixing, after the base is set. That mix is when you can hear every instrument and sound. Then after that, on to Abbey Road Studios in London to have it mastered. This project will also be available in vinyl too. Spread the word. Sometime in the spring it should be completed. It’s really an enormous job making a record. Proud to say, I think this is my finest creative hour. I can’t wait to share it with all of you!
Lots of people have told me that TFB has been on IHeartRadio. This is so great and makes me so happy! It’s such an awesome opportunity! Be sure to check it out!
Miss all of you at this special time of year. I can’t think of a better way to end it, with a classic TFB rock party on the 22nd. Hope to see you there.
Where do I begin? If it’s cool with you gals and guys, I’ll just ramble on here….
Performing, writing, and recording is all I have been doing all year long. I was having a chat with Phil Tennant from London about how long it takes to make a record. We decided, from the first note or word I hear in my mind….add about 18 months to complete. This new upcoming album in particular has been a super fun challenge. The songs have taken a life of their own and some have also changed direction from out-of-the-box thinking concerning production.
Bottom line is this: I’ve completed the lyrics on the last 7 and will do my lead vocals this month. Included too in October will be background vocals, some more overdubs etc… In November we will be mixing again in Muscle Shoals. Maybe more importantly, this will be the pre-mix session. Phil will fly over from England for that too. He’s had a lot of input in this new project. Many of the songs have a very modern vibe in addition to the usual overall quality of tunes. There are 13 in total. December will be a visit to Abbey Road in London to master the project with my good bud Geoff Pesche. I can’t wait to go back!! And of course, I’ll sign the Abbey Road wall…I always do. :)
Many thanks to Ron Onesti of the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL. It’s a wonderful Art Deco boutique entertainment venue that deserves all of our support. These timeless works of art shouldn’t be taken for granted. A band like ours, we love the intimacy and the feel good energy of the roaring approval. I really have enjoyed playing there numerous times this year, and I hope to be back at the Arcada very soon to rock our souls.
Thanks also go to Ted Nugent, Night Ranger, Cowboy Mouth……..thanks for letting us hang with you and do our thing on the same stage. The fans, the fans too, they have been really awesome. I have met so many new people along the way. Thank you so much for your support. I really appreciate it. Just seeing a friendly face sometimes, it really means a lot.
Many photos have been posted of our recent shows. Some of you noticed guitarist Anthony Rubino in the shots. Anthony filled in for John Lewis who wasn’t available at the time. Anthony is a good guy and very talented. I look forward to playing with him again sometime. He came to us from the Chicago School of Rock.
Last weekend, I went to Scarefest in Lexington , KY with a couple of friends. Had a blast, saw some cool people, and took a time out. I hope you like the pics! I had fun getting dressed up. In fact, I bought the hat at the show. I took one look at it and knew I had to have it!! I think it works perfectly with my cool long jacket. I now have a large inventory of sage, dragons blood, and many others I can’t spell.:) It was awesome. I even bought a crystal ball about the size of a bowling ball. Was instructed to buy a book on how to do it, and I did. The ball looks cool in the meantime.
We’ve been talking about how to end the year. I’m still recording and have to make a couple of overseas trips too. I leave for Japan on Saturday. Then there’s a trip to the UK. We want to ramp it up in November - and especially December - and start playing the new tunes. We will keep you updated once we finalize our upcoming gigs!
This has been a good year, but it also has been strange too. I mean come on…..an election, next month? As long as God watches over us, we’ll be ok. I miss summer already. Where did it go? Rock on!
Lots going on!
So much to share!!!!!!!!!! OK, here we go:
1. Last week in Nashville:
Last week recorded 7 foundation tracks with my Nashville Studio Band, except this time, Jordan Kozer played drums. We asked him, he accepted, and nailed it!!!!!!!! Bravo Jordy! What also made it very fun is that Philip Tennant for the UK came over for this important event. So with these 7 songs, plus the previously recorded 7 tunes equals a new album coming from Tom Fuller. It will blow you away, as it blows me away! :) Seriously, it’s shaping up to be my finest work to date.
2. SUMMERFEST in Milwaukee –
Wednesday 6-29 5 PM on the Uline Stage:
It’s a very big deal. Our second wonderful opportunity to play outside to the world’s greatest fans, at the world’s largest music event. Summerfest is at a great venue on the shores of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee and has music over 11 days and nearly 1 million fans attending. Music Matters!!!!!!!!!!!
I really hope many of you can make it. The weather should be great too for an outside show. Two years ago it was 104 degrees in the shade when we last played Summerfest. Not this year!!
Paul McCartney is playing this year, and I hope I might run into McCartney bandmates Brian Ray or Abe Laboriel, Jr. to say hi. Great guys I recorded with a few years ago. Plus I will be doing a song called “Little Bird,” which I wrote for my daughter Molly. It’s the first time ever doing that song in public, and Molly will be there. I’m so very grateful and I think it’s cool to do it for the first time, and she will be there. Thank you Universe.
3. Rocking with Ted Nugent :
We will open for Ted at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL on two different nights, July 28th and on August 3rd. The first show is sold out, so hurry and get tickets for the second show. All of us are thrilled to be on the same stage with this legendary artist. It’s a big deal.
Sorry this is short. Rehearsal tonight, million things to do today and tomorrow. Excited!!!!!! Rock on!!!!
God Bless all of you. TF
Lots of TFB updates!
2016 is flying by, isn’t it? My world has been crazed, just like everyone else it seems.
I just came back home from another recording session to continue working on the new album. It’s really cool and is going to another creative level. Very exciting times, for sure!! Seven tracks are just about finished, except for some very cool background vocals that need to be performed. Overall, the project is well under way. There are another seven that are in various stages of evolving. I will be recording those soon, right after the first seven are done.
In the meantime, we just got confirmation of a show with Cowboy Mouth again. Fred’s a good guy and we enjoy working with them. The show is April 23rd at the historic Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL. Come on out and hang with us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Then next month, we’re traveling to Minneapolis for a sold out show at the iconic First Avenue music venue and then the next night we’ll be in Milwaukee at Shank Hall. We know these will be great rock shows too. For these shows, we will have Mr. Ben Mason playing bass for Joel. Many bands have to sub from time to time. Through Joel, we met Ben and he played with us recently in Des Moines, IA. So we’re happy to have Ben join us again. He knows his stuff and brings a lot of energy to the stage.
Keep rocking it forward!
School of Rock
Sorry everyone, I forgot to mention something really really important. On 1-30-16, I did Jurisdiction live with kids from the School of Rock in Chicago. They were awesome and it was so much fun. I never turn down a chance to help or be with kids.
Many thanks to the Chicago SOR. And of course, the very cool musicians that played with me. Vocals: Louise Caffrey. Guitars: Rylan Wilder, Ian Currie, Daniel Figueroa. Keys: Hayford Frimpong. Bass: Dakota Bakal. Drums: Penn Bakal. Sax: Danny Ainley. Percussion: Jack Hurst, Liam Godley. Background vocals: Jude Greiner, Gillian Koptik.
Thank you for performing with me doing Jurisdiction. You guys are awesome and the tune was fab.
Been running in so many directions, the last few months have been a blur. Hoping everyone’s New Year is off to a great start.
We closed out 2015 with a really fun hometown gig at EvenFlow. Feels like it’s becoming an annual thing, rocking it out and saying thank you. The show was awesome, the people had fun too. I like the surprise of seeing people I didn’t expect to see. Very much a feel good. Thanks to the staff at EF too. Always helpful.
A huge Tom Fuller Band accomplishment in 2015 was that we had over 1,000,000 views on YouTube. The Sideshow videos, concert footage, etc……the word is getting out. Like years before, there is much to be grateful for.
We then had another fab show at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago, opening for Cowboy Mouth. That audience got into the tunes, and it was another fun night. We’ve posted numerous pics from both shows. It’s great to see people smiling and having fun. Cowboy Mouth is really a very fun event to watch. Fred’s a good guy, and I hope we do a few more with him. Thanks for having us.
Writing new music has been my main preoccupation for a while now. A new project is on the horizon. Heading to Nashville Sunday, to do vocals on 7 tunes recorded in Nashville. There are another 5-6 that we’ll record in Chicago with Jordy, John, Kat, and Ry guy, this spring.
Like all projects I’ve done, the new one will reflect much of what I live or have lived. What makes that special is that everyone has the same highs and lows, writing my journey heals me. I love the thought of helping another, by sharing my trials and tribulations.
We are aggressively pursuing as many shows as possible this year. Taking it to the people is the mission. We just might visit a town near you. If so, come out and hang with us. It’s always fun.
There’s more to share. Next blog soon!
It’s that time of year and it gets very exciting!!!!!!!!
I know some people dread the holidays, but TFB wants to wish all of you Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! That and maybe a few smiles will make it awesome for you. In the meantime:
We are having a huge year-end headlining show at EvenFlow Music & Spirits in Geneva, on Saturday, December 19th at 9:00 PM. We’re expecting a big crowd, so get there early. We are planning on doing at least 25 tunes, with a special acoustic set too. This gig will be lots of fun, another memorable TFB holiday show at EvenFlow!!
Last week I was in Nashville, laying down the foundation tracks of 7 new tunes. Early next year, will do another 5 or so with my guys here in Chicago. The 7 new ones are awesome and my studio band delivered big time. Many thanks to Rick Chudacoff, Christian Cullen, Greg Morrow, and of course Danny Parks. Plus, Bryce and Zack did great engineering at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville. It’s a great studio, I felt like I was at home. We will be posting really cool photos from the recording sessions soon. You can check out a sneak peak below! I so love going into the studio and see the baby tunes start to take a life of their own. It’s magical!!
The Holiday Season is always crazy for me, so I’ll be signing off for now. Big, big rehearsal tonight for Saturday’s very cool TFB Rock Show at EvenFlow. I look forward to seeing old friends there and meeting new!
Many, many thanks to our wonderful fans during 2015. We’re expecting big things in 2016!!!! Please stay tuned rockers!
Blessings and Happy Holidays to all,