Local musician Tom Butwin to perform at GM River Days
10:06 AM, Jun 22, 2013
11:08 AM, Jun 22, 2013
(WXYZ) - Local musician Tom Butwin performs in the Channel 7 studios before he takes the stage at the GM River Days on Saturday at 2:30pm.
He will also be performing June 26 at Noon at Campus Martius Park in Detroit.
Tom has spent his relatively short 10-year career honing a distinctive and polished tenor voice, while dialing in a sound that he describes as "familiar acoustic pop, but with a few fun stylistic surprises." Since 2003, Tom has released three full-length albums, the most recent being 2013's This & Hereafter. "I really wanted to put together a cohesive and relatable collection of songs that I could sing with the same intensity every night …and I think I've got that on this one," says Butwin of the new album compared to his previous efforts. From the hopeful and ukulele-driven opening track, "Harmony," to the steady march of "No Sleep," a song that deals with a soldier's struggle while at war, to the gospel infused closer "Baby Girl/Love Will," This & Hereafter is made to catch, and keep, your attention.
Tom Butwin was raised on a healthy musical diet of George Harrison, Billy Joel, and Michael Jackson, and his folk-inspired brand of soul pop stands out when compared with the "grittier" sound usually associated with Detroit. Butwin uses acoustic instruments, horns, lush vocals, & radio-ready arrangements to fit right alongside singer/songwriters like Matt Wertz, John Mayer, & Jason Mraz, both on record and during live shows.
With his full band and acoustic duo performances, Tom Butwin is quickly becoming a Michigan festival staple after performances at the 2008 & 2012 Ford Arts, Beats, & Eats festivals, 2009 Detroit River Days Festival, and his stand-out showing on the main stage and secondary stage at the 2009 Rothbury Music Festival alongside Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, & the Grateful Dead. Look for Tom at many more Michigan festivals and venues throughout 2013 promoting and playing songs from This & Hereafter.