MEG Records * Press Release July 2020
Tom MacLear retired from active recording and touring in 2018 following his triumphant return to the national spotlight when he appeared on The Jimmy Kimmel Show.
Kimmel shouts: "You sing like an angel…" as Tom's Slide guitar playing was on fire as always.
Two years later, MacLear enjoys the magic of having a feature film musical in its development stages in Hollywood, California with numerous ‘A’ List Actors and Directors endorsing its production as negotiations with various Film Production companies ensue at this very moment.
The new release of: ‘The Gods and Ghosts of Bleecker Street’ (Spoken Word Edition) is a sample of vignettes from the musical-score and is a promotional tool for the screenplays negotiations which MacLear wanted to share with his fanbase. This is MacLear’s first Spoken Word CD release. The selections are excerpts from MacLear’s critically acclaimed book, entitled: INSIDE A STING, released in 2014 • Water Forest Press Publishing.
With this release, we now see the other side of Tom MacLear’s talents as he makes his transition back to Musical Theater and Filmmaking, both of which he honed in his early years as an child actor and singer on stage and from his days spent between tours and recording: on film sets accumulating 54,000hrs logged in IATSE Union and Non-Union books in such capacities as: composing, music recording, music editing, sound, producing, directing, scenic art, set decoration and art direction.
MacLear’s most recent contributions: lending songs to Forrest Whitaker’s feature film project: ‘Songs My Brother Taught Me,’ and painting modern art portraits for the film sets of Showtimes’ cult classic: ‘Californication’… the ‘Laurel Canyon Blues’ episodes.
Before his retirement: For over 40 years, MacLear was an intimate player of: Back room corporate deals of Ghost Writing for some of the biggest names in the industry: Tom MacLear, is often referred to as "the man behind the curtain, one of music's best kept secrets,”
"...Material is not a problem here. Tom has performed and written songs for some of the best! He's the man behind the curtain, one of music's best kept secrets, glad I found him..."
The late great Publisher, TV Host, Promoter: Don Kirshner (2009)
Since 2010, Tom MacLear's career dramatically changed from ghost writer to spotlight-front-man: when his sojourn of Nashville recordings gave him 5 Cd's in 5 years and found him 5 Radio Chart Topping Singles on Country and Hot A/C stations across the U.S. With a steady flow of hit radio releases since 2010, he has topped dozens of charts and radio playlists in Country, HOT/AC and Alternative genres alike_ making him a bright new commodity in this world of the stale cookie-cutter music packages of late.
After 8 years of witnessing, what MacLear calls ‘the slow death of Country Music,” it was time to move on to other exciting venues for his art.
MEG Records & MacLear Entertainment Group Publishing ASCAP
July 20th, 2020