Tom Wilson (musician)

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Tom Wilson
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Tom Wilson performing at the Haven Social Club in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Background information
Birth nameThomas Cunningham Wilson
Born1959
OriginHamilton, Ontario, Canada
GenresBlues, rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, artist
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1980s–present
Associated actsBlackie and the Rodeo Kings
Junkhouse
Lee Harvey Osmond
Florida Razors
WebsiteTom Wilson

Thomas Cunningham "Tom" Wilson (born 1959) is a Canadian rock musician from Hamilton, Ontario. A veteran of the Canadian music scene, Wilson has been a writer and performer for many years. Wilson's eclectic musical style has ranged from the psychobilly / R&B sounds of the Florida Razors, to the western/roots style of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and the funk/blues inspired rock of Junkhouse.

Early life[edit]

Wilson grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, raised by his great-aunt and uncle. He was the son of Louis Bouvais, a Mohawk man, and Janie Lazare, who was also part Mohawk.[1]

Career[edit]

In the 1990s Wilson fronted the band Junkhouse,[2] and also performed with the Florida Razors.[3] In 1996 he joined with Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing to form the roots rock trio Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.[4]

1999 Wilson performed solo as part of The White Ribbon Concert at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto.[5]

In 2001 Wilson released a solo album, Planet Love, which featured the hit "Dig It". In 2006 he released his second solo album, Dog Years. In between the release of both solo albums, he partnered up with Daniel Lanois's older brother, Bob Lanois, to record The Shack Recordings Volume 1, a collection of quieter acoustic songs with Bob Lanois recording and accompanying him on blues harp on some songs.

In 2011 he toured with them in support of their album Kings and Queens. That year he performed at the Winnipeg Folk Festival.[6]

In 2015 Wilson was commissioned by the city of Hamilton to paint a mural depicting the history of music in the city.[7]

Wilson's most recent project is Lee Harvey Osmond, which is a collaborative effort with members of Cowboy Junkies and Skydiggers.[8]

His songs have been performed by Mavis Staples, Colin James, Stephen Fearing, Adam Gregory, Billy Ray Cyrus, Craig Northey, David Ricketts and Edwin. Numerous Wilson songs have been used in television, commercials and motion pictures.

In 2017 Wilson published a memoir of his life to date, titled Beautiful Scars.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Singer Tom Wilson faces his voice and his story in memoir". Toronto Star, By Deborah Dundas, Nov. 18, 2017
  2. ^ "A Steeltown secret: Tom Wilson's memoir goes deeper than your average rock 'n' roll book. Calgary Herald, Eric Volmers, December 2, 2017
  3. ^ "Blackie and the Rodeo Kings". The Canadian Encyclopedia, Bruce Farley Mowat, Anne-marie Pedersen, February 19, 2013
  4. ^ "Tom Wilson Dog Years". Exclaim!, By David McPherson, Mar 01, 2006
  5. ^ "Live Reviews: The White Ribbon Concert The Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, Ontario". Chart Attack, June 8, 1999, by Mike McCann
  6. ^ "The Mountain Man comes to the Prairies". Uniter, Adam Petrash, November 2, 2011
  7. ^ "Tom Wilson Pays Homage to Hamilton's Musical History with New Mural. Exclaim!, By Kerry Doole, Mar 05, 2015
  8. ^ Deming, Mark. "Blackie & the Rodeo Kings". www.allmusic.com. AllMusic. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  9. ^ "In Beautiful Scars, Tom Wilson plumbs his Mohawk roots". By Kerry Doole, Toronto Star, Nov. 24, 2017

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