Tommy Womack @ Circus Square Park
I’m a songwriter and an author. I’ve won the “Best Song” award in the Nashville Scene Critics Poll twice. My three books (including Cheese Chronicles, which I’ve been told is a cult classic) have four and five-star reader ratings on Amazon. I’ve written songs for Todd Snider, Jimmy Buffett, Jason & the Scorchers, Dan Baird and others. I played in Government Cheese from ’85 to ’92. I played in the bis-quits (with Will Kimbrough) from ’92 to ’94, and we had the honor of making a record for John Prine’s label. I’ve made eight solo albums since then (counting this new one) and I’ve made three albums with a side project band called Daddy (again with Will Kimbrough).
I’m 5’10”, I like Ray Davies, Bob Dylan and Randy Newman, I’ve been married 29 years (to the same woman, no less), Tourette’s makes me blink my eyes a lot, and I pulled my face out of a bottle nine years ago. I’m crazy (so people tell me) and my crazy self is what I write about, I write funny songs about fears (if you like what I think is funny), I write sad songs about fears, and sometimes those tunes are funny and sad at the same time. If I have any mission at all as a songwriter, some higher purpose, it’s that I seek to make other messed-up people feel less alone – the end result of that being that while I’m not everybody’s cup of tea, the people who like me tend to really really like me.
“Womack mixes country, blues, and rock like a fast-fingered bartender on his new album, ‘Now What!’”
— New Yorker
“Tommy Womack writes better ‘regular guy’ lyrics than just about anyone I can think of besides Hank Williams.”
“…This is rock ‘n’ roll, or Americana, or whatever you want to call it, that’s AS PURE AND HONEST AS IT GETS.”
— American Songwriter
“Tommy Womack has been a revered and fearless leader among his generation of fellow artists and kindred spirits for a long time now. With one read of this book, anyone could see why” - Todd Snider
— Singer-songwriter, unelected mayor of East Nashville
“A brilliant memoir by one of Nashville’s finest singer-songwriters. For round pegs in square holes everywhere.” - John Hiatt
— Recording artist, Thing Called Love, Slow Turning