Tom Forsythe, AKA Sleepy Tom, Blues and roots singer/songwriter/guitarist. Designer/Owner, Archetype Graphic Design & Writing Services and SmallDogLaughing.
I've been living and playing music in the Triangle for over 30 years. I play mostly blues along with a few originals and covers by artists like Tom Waits and Bob Dylan. Over the years, I have played with blues artists, Big Boy Henry and New Orleans street singer, Slewfoot. I have also recorded with monster guitarist & multi-instrumentalist, Kirk Charles Heydt, AKA Tin Whiskers.
I perform solo as a one-man band. For some of the electric Chicago-style blues, I add drums using a floor tom and snare with foot pedals. For funkier songs, I also add bass and drums using a Digitech Trio "Band in a box” pedal.
Still Awake & Alive (Field Recordings)
Above are some videos from my recent gigs. These are recordings done by my family and friends on their phones. The sound quality varies from half decent to pretty bad depending on who was recording me, what kind of phone they were using, and a host of other variables that we were all experiencing out "In The Field". My best videographer is my 10-year-old son, Brock. He has gotten some pretty good clips for me at my gigs with my iPhone XR. The Sleepy Tom Marketing Machine rolls on! Thanks for listening!
A collection of my original songs that almost no one has ever listened to.
I record everything at home. I do the vocals, most of the guitar, and percussion instruments. Cello, Sax, Keys, Drums, and lead guitar were played by Tin Whiskers A.K.A Kirk Heydt.
I do the mixing and the incredibly unmasterful-mastering myself. I am also the sole proprietor and staff member at The Sleepy Tom Marketing Machine. All of this might explain why, after playing music in the triangle area for over thirty years, I am still so obscure even in these small towns. The above-mentioned in addition to of course having a style the taste for which needs to be acquired over time and seems not to have been by many also probably explains why these songs have been heard by so few. So thank you for listening if you did and thanks in advance if you think you ever might!
More from BANDCAMP
Here are a couple more songs from my album on Bandcamp.