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Fast Five: Tom Brosseau



When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

I began singing at an early age, in church, at elementary school, with family at family gatherings. My grandmother, Gladys Brosseau, played piano and had a terrific voice. She taught me many songs, including the Guy Lombardo version of St. Louis Blues and the Chiquita Banana song. I have otherwise wished for many professions: actor, fireman, professor, minister, and maybe one day one of these slots will be what becomes of me. I’ll always have music.


How would you describe your music?

Singer-songwriter, folk.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

I’ve been touring as much as I can, supporting my new album, Grass Punks (Tin Angel Records UK/ Crossbill Records US). Sean Watkins, the man who produced the thing, has been available a few different times to join me, and I appreciate that. We did a summer and fall tour in 2013, and a winter tour in 2014. I’ll continue to tour, and my plans are to record another album and also produce a live through the years album, both of which I’d like to release early 2015.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

Tony Bennett. I’ve been a fan of his for years. Such a powerful voice, a man of a great sense of humor and etiquette. Good dresser, too. Did you know he’s a painter? He represents everything a performer ought to be, and though our styles may be different, I do believe we could make a good recording.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Lord Invader.