Bio

Tommy Lewis

"Here's the future of the singer-songwriter genre." - Tex Renner

Nationally touring singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and author Tommy Lewis is considered a Nova Beat, the group of creatives in the same vein as those at the heart of the mid-century cultural revolution. Alongside his sensei Radney Foster, Chad Elliott, Dana Cooper, Rod Picott, and Matt Harlan in the same spirit as Tom Russell, Jason Isbell, and Sturgill Simpson, Tommy is helping to redefine American roots music. 



"Salt Water Wine is bad to the bone." - Radney Foster

"A GREAT young songwriter" - Wrecks Bell (Townes Van Zandt, Lightnin' Hopkins), Old Quarter

"Mesmerizing" - Lou Sipolt Jr. (Great Day Des Moines), KCWI FOX

"One of the best new acts" - Stan Brewer, Insider Sessions Music Review

 "Tommy's command of the language, the words he chooses and the way he assembles them, has really inspired me to look twice at my own lyrics. Musically, I don't feel like I have enough time left to catch up. Here's the future of the singer/songwriter genre." - John "Tex" Renner, Singer-Songwriter

"[I met Tommy in Nashville], though he's most definitely Texan, and a true testament to the quality of poetry, artistry and performance that continues to blossom in the Lone Star State." - Rob Ellen, Medicine Show Records


FULL BIO

Tommy was raised in Alvin, Tx, learning jazz trumpet from Dick Ferking, piano from his mom, Barbara, and taste from his dad, Bill. He taught himself to play guitar (mostly to impress a cute John Denver fan) after moving to Iowa, became involved in the local scene, and eventually joined Rick Burke's Traveling Music Show and Review in 2012. He and Kevin Lindgren met while both were part of Rick's convoy, and broke out to start Lindgren and Lewis. LnL was named "one of the best new bands on 2013" by music review "The Insider Sessions" and performed in Nashville, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Des Moines, Houston, Dallas, and Oklahoma City.
 

Learning songwriting and performing from craftsmen like cowboy-turned-professor F. Charles Persall, 
award winning songwriter Chad Elliott, and local legend and performing artist Rick Burke, Tommy quit his job as a professor at Graceland University and struck out as a traveling folk singer, playing over 200 shows a year, sometimes over 250. In 2015 he was hired as lead guitarist for Chad Elliott, playing in every state from California to Maine. He joined Radney Foster and an opening act for a brief southwest tour in 2016. 

His first solo EP, "Winding" was produced by Chad Elliott (chadelliott.net) and was released by Tommy's own Fish Foster Records in August 2015 to awesome reviews. His first book of haiku poetry, Heart, Far From My Feet, was released in spring of 2016. His first full-length album, "Silver and Stone" was released October 2016. In 2017, he joined Trio Live alongside songwriters Radney Foster, Travis Meadows, Eddie Heinzelman, Eric Erdman, Chad Elliott and many others with authors like Wiley Cash, Shari Smith (the brainmother of Trio) and Rick Bragg to help produce works of music and art around books born of southern culture. 

Upcoming projects include a planned live album, a second book of poetry, and a studio album featuring the DelRios, his country duo with sister Samantha (a singer-songwriter in her own right).

Some days Tommy lives in a small town west of Nashville, other days he lives in Alvin, Tx, and in between he can be found in the blue Pontiac flying down the road. He enjoys fishing and writing, playing fiddle to the woods, and hiking the wilderness. 

Currently, if not serving as lead guitarist for Chad, Tommy tours as a solo artist ... follow him on Instragram, Twitter (@tommyclewis), and on Facebook.

Contact Tommy by emailing tommy@tommylewis.net