Tom Kimmel’s December 2010 Newsletter


1. Greetings!
2. News: TK sale at, Waymores album report, TK song nominated for positive music award, New TK story published
3. Special Feature: Tour Ireland with Tom in 2011
4. Drawing Board: TK songbook in 2011, another TK book in the works
5. Food for Thought: Cormac McCarthy on history, John Prine on writing, and more…
6. Recommended: book, music, film
7. Note from Shauna: TK house concerts & song coaching

1. Greetings!

Hello from the front seat of a luxurious Chevrolet Impala that’s speeding into the spectacular sunset just west of Memphis. You should see the River this time of day. Lord. I was born in Memphis, and who knows? I may end up here. The music that’s come out of this town!

Well, it feels like we’re all speeding toward the Holidays and nearing the end of another year, another spin around the sun. My year began with my dad’s passing in January–a year spanned by the most road work I’ve ever done, a year that included a shocking one-in-five-hundred-year flood in Nashville–my home for the last thirty-plus years.

Guess if I had to name one thing I’ve learned this year, it’s that the generous impulse of the human spirit keeps me going, makes life bearable when it seems otherwise… and reminds me what I have to offer others.

Hello Everyone, Happy Holidays! Thank you for listening… and reading… and encouraging me.

2. News: TK sale at, Waymores report, Song nomination, Story published

A. Holiday sale on TK book and CDs at!

For the month of December my entire catalog is 20% off at That means the price of my book and all CDs is just $11.99. And if you buy more than one copy of an album you’ll get an extra 10% of the additional copies.

Check it out:

B. Waymores album

The long-awaited Waymores album is (for all intents and purposes) done! (Well, we have one day scheduled for a last guitar part and harmony vocal.) It’ll be mixed before the month’s out, and I’ll soon be letting you know about a new website, 2011 album release plans and special offers.

One of the highlights of 2010 has been the evolution of the trio, and I look forward to introducing the group to more of the world next year.

C. Positive Music Award Nomination

My song “No One Gets to Heaven (If Anybody Else Is Left Behind)”–co-written with my Danish friend Klaus Caprani–has been nominated for a Positive (“Posi”) Music Award… in the “Most Uniting” category.

The Awards is sponsored by Empower Music and Arts. Sincere thanks to Sue Riley and Richard Mekdici with Empower MA for continuing friendship and encouragement.

BTW I’ll be attending the awards and festivities around the show, which will include a performance by nominees, and there’ll also be some late night “pajama jams” (i.e. informal showcases). Yes some fans–and performers–will actually be wearing their pajamas.

AND the public is invited to all events and activities. For more:
(This is my 4th nomination. Nope, no wins… yet!)

D. New TK story published

The Blue Rock Review, an elegant literary-and-visual-art journal published by the Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio near Austin, TX, is featuring a new story of mine titled “The Gentleman Farmer.”

You can check out the Review online:

I love writing poems and prose, am always thrilled when something is published, and I am especially honored to be included in the Review, which is published by some of the most gifted and generous people I’ve had the pleasure to work with.

3. Special Feature: Tour Ireland with me late summer 2011!

I am very excited to have the opportunity to lead a tour of Ireland in late summer 2011 with Irish “tour master” Tom Pigott, owner and operator of Enchanted Way Tours in Ireland.

We’ll be traveling through the southwestern part of the country (Counties Cork, Clare and Kerry), one of the most beautiful areas on earth.

By day our group of 20 will visit castle and abbey ruins, stone circles and fishing villages, all the while driving in a private luxury coach beside breathtaking coastal scenery. At night we’ll dine on excellent Irish pub fare and enjoy some of the finest musicians and songwriters in Ireland.

I’ll soon have a web page up with lots of info. For now, if you’re interested–or just want to hear more–email my friend Vicki Belinoski at:
(Vicki’s is coordinating the tour from the US side.)

Also, Mr. Pigott’s website offers a wealth of info:

4. Drawing Board:

A. TK Songbook
Slow but sure progress. We will definitely see a 2011 songbook release, and songbook buyers will also have access to a series of instructional videos.

B. Next TK solo album
I’ll begin work on it before the month’s out. I have lots of songs to try out and can’t wait to get into it. I’m shooting for a release in the second half of the New Year.

C. Next TK book
I’m accumulating poems, essays and stories for another book, which I’ll be pulling together as the New Year progresses.

5. Food for Thought

“No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.” –Florida Scott-Maxwell

“In history there are no control groups. There is no one to tell us what might have been.”
–Cormac McCarthy (All the Pretty Horses)

“Writing is about a blank piece of paper and leaving out what’s not supposed to be there.”
–John Prine

“I don’t like poetry. Most poetry is a bunch of pansy little rhyming.”
–Rush Limbaugh

6. Recommended:

A. Films

1. “Toy Story 3” is out on DVD. If you missed it in the theater, now’s the time. A real classic and a worthy sequel.

2. “Get Low,” another Robert Duvall masterpiece that recently toured theaters, is not yet out on video, but you can stream it from Netflix. Not to be missed.

B. Books

“The Poets Laureate Anthology”

…is the first anthology presenting poems by the forty-three poets laureate of the United States. A wonderful anthology in its own right, it’s also a fitting salute to this collection of American poets who’ve done a great deal to bring poetry, the language of the people… to the people. (Irony of ironies.)

(In hardcover at all bookstores.)

Another of my favorite anthologies, “Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart,” is a large, excellent collection (edited by Robert Bly and others). A real gift and a broad, rich collection.

(In paperback at all bookstores.)

C. Music

Peter Mulvey’s “Ten Thousand Mornings”

Somehow I missed this album came out, but it’s the perfect gift for the fan of great singer-songwriter music. Recorded in subways (no kidding!), it’s rich, groovy, earthy, melodic… and real to the bone. A joy of an album.

Listening to a recent Bluebird Café radio show that my trio the Waymores shared with Peter, I’m reminded of what a fine, unique, soulful artist he is.

To check out Peter’s music and buy the album:

7. Notes from Shauna:


Tom is available to teach/coach/mentor songwriters in one-on-one sessions (in person or long distance via phone, iChat or Skype).

For more information click here or contact us for rates.

Feedback from Tom’s students and peers is consistently outstanding. He’s not only a great writer; he’s a great teacher for writers.

“Your insights and thoughts on songwriting have really opened doors for me, and your encouragement continues to mean so much.”
–Aisling Kavanaugh, IMRO Workshop, Dublin, Ireland

“Thank you for the excellent job you did for us at Dallas Baptist University. Our students did not want it to end… and later asked if we could have you back for a week!”
–Terry Fansler, Ph.D., Director of Studies in Music Business, Dallas Baptist University


A “HOUSE CONCERT” is a unique way to hear Tom’s music in an intimate, personal setting. If you’d like to learn more about creating a night you and your friends will never forget, email Shauna Jamison.

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