Tom Brosseau is a folksinger and songwriter from North Dakota. 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. He has toured 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.
I sit and write songs in my home in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sometimes I get a fire going and watch the dancing flames and listen to the logs pop. Sometimes I practice in front of the TV. I love to read. Lately it’s been The Hound of the Baskervilles. A good mystery really helps to shuffle my ideas into a certain formation. In order for me to create I must escape. One of the aspects of touring I so enjoy is playing new compositions for the first time, and as one show will lead into another and then another, it’s fun to see a composition move from being the formulated thing it was in my Salt Lake City home to really taking shape on the stage. In the end, a composition becomes a song because the audience is there to help it along, and from there it takes on a life of its own. I live to set them free. – Tom Brosseau, 2019