This is an intimate performance of Americana music you won’t want to miss, featuring legendary singer-songwriter, author, humorist and Kentucky native Tommy Womack. Louisville’s own JK Mabry will open the show. Food and drink will be available for purchase on-site.
Born in Sturgis, Ky., Tommy began his career in 1985 with the beloved Bowling Green-based post-punk and college radio band Government Cheese (whose story is hilariously immortalized in Tommy’s cult classic book “Cheese Chronicles” and who reunite once or twice a year for sold-out shows). Upon moving to Nashville in 1992, Tommy became known for his long working relationship with Will Kimbrough, starting with their outfits the bis-quits (who made one classic album for John Prine’s Oh Boy label in 1993), and Daddy, the latter of which has made two albums and enjoys a devoted following.
Since 1998, Tommy has released seven solo albums, all of them well-received by the music press, the latest being the 2016 release “Namaste.” Crossing the artificial boundaries of rock & roll, country, folk, gospel and blues, Tommy’s songs tackle everything from the everyday challenges of life and love to weightier topics, such as the existence of a divine being or recovery from addiction and a brush with death — actually two brushes, as Tommy has in recent years survived both a terrible automobile accident and a cancer scare. He can make you laugh or he can make you cry, oftentimes both within the course of a song. His dexterity with the guitar landed him a series of gigs with like-minded Todd Snider, including appearances on late-night shows hosted by Jay Leno and David Letterman.
In addition to “Cheese Chronicles,” Tommy is the author of the comic Civil War novella “The Lavender Boys & Elsie.” He has written for many magazines, including the Oxford American, and is a regular contributor to The East Nashvillian. Tommy’s songs have been covered by Jimmy Buffett, Todd Snider, Jason and the Scorchers, Scott Kemper (Dictators, Del-Lords), Dan Baird & Homemade Sin, and others. He lives in Nashville with his wife Beth and their son Nathan. Learn more about Tommy, and hear a few of his tunes, from his website.
JK Mabry has shared the stage with American Aquarium, Turnpike Troubadours, Charlie Worsham, Uncle Kracker, Curtis McMurtry, The Spring Standards, Dustin Lynch, and Treetop Flyers to just name a few. He has performed at The Standard Hotel in Hollywood for their legendary Desert Nights Concert Series as well as The Bluebird Café in Nashville for The Sunday Writers Showcase. He has recorded at The Johnny Cash Cabin with Johnny’s son John Carter Cash and Ken Coomer. His music has been played nationally on many commercial and triple A radio stations. Check out “Whisky & Perfume” (Feat. Jess Langer), available for streaming on his website, for a lovely sample of what you can expect.
Special thanks to Councilman David James and Professional Bar Service for helping make this event possible. Photo of Tommy Womack by Scott Willis.