PressMusic Review - "Gods and Ghosts" by Tom MacLear Published on Thursday, 21 February 2019 20:53 Hits: 35 Tom MacLear -- Gods and Ghosts -- 21 Feb 2019
A Brit by birth, but fully immersed in Americana, Tom MacLear has built a career by placing himself behind the scenes. He’s written successful songs for others and has frequently been found sitting behind the boards, contributing his talents to other artists who climbed the charts by effectively making use of his experience and expertise. Not that he was bereft of star credits entirely; touring stints with Emmylou Harris, the Burrito Brothers and the Dirt Band brought him to center stage even as he was content to be overshadowed by others.
On his excellent new album Gods and Ghosts, MacLear offers compelling reasons why he ought to be considered more of the former and less of the latter. He’s had hits in the past -- and indeed he’s reaped rewards from several sources that readily acknowledge his abilities -- but with this effort under his own aegis, he demonstrates the reasons why his music has always been considered so fully radio ready. The celebratory stance of “That Wonderful Love,” “Movin’ Back To Texas,” “One More Rodeo” and “Purple Sky” becomes so upbeat and infectious, it allows the songs to grab hold immediately, suggesting they possess those qualities needed to garner airplay all on their own.
Still, MacLear is capable of more than merely crafting a ready refrain. The compelling title track and the thoughtful ballads that follow, “Dreams of Her” and “The Harder It Falls” in particular, reflect the fact that he’s an insightful individual. It ought to come as little surprise that he’s versatile and prolific as well. He’s earned a respectable reputation as an actor and an artist in addition to his credits as a multi-instrumental musician, one who’s equally adept on slide and bottleneck guitars, dobro, mandolin, banjo and bass.
Ultimately then, MacLear demonstrates a natural affinity for a crowd-pleasing sound that all but assures an instant embrace. On “County Prison Blues” he declares, “I’ve got nothing to lose but my pain,” To the contrary, with Gods & Ghosts, he proves he has everything to gain.
Singer Songwriter Tom MacLear: A Triumphant Return to Mainstream Media on Jimmy Kimmel LIve
LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) December 21, 2018
Former Music Industry Ghost Writer turned Solo Artist: Tom MacLear made a special appearance with Jimmy Kimmel's house band: Celto & The Cletones as a sit-in on the show. A spot recently filled by such artists as Ann Wilson and Sheryl Crow.
Tom MacLear performed a selection of singles from his Nashville Recording campaign of the last 8 years that found top ten honors on Indie Country Charts across the country: 'If I Ain't Broke' 'That Wonderful Love' and 'Movin' Back To Texas' raised the roof as Jimmy shouted "You sing like an angel," then held up Tom MacLear's latest Album 'GODS & GHOSTS' to the cameras to show this Songmaster Veteran is still a very relevant artist in the Country and Americana Music world.
Watch 'MOVIN BACK TO TEXAS' from Jimmy Kimmel Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mshgt3dLZBg
Tom MacLear releases his new Christmas Song 'LIGHT, LOVE & JOY (for Christmas)' and will be made available this week.
Tom MacLear’s ROUSING LIVE PERFORMANCE on Jimmy Kimmel a must see
Tom MacLear’s ROUSING LIVE PERFORMANCE on Jimmy Kimmel a must see
When singer/songwriter Tom MacLear released his album Gods and Ghosts last year, the veteran musician wowed critics. Afterall, when you spend the past 30 years writing, recording and touring with some of the best talent in the music business as MacLear has, finely cultivated talent prevails and presents itself with aplomb.
Recently, MacLear performed one of the album’s tracks, “Goin’ Back to Texas” live on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, igniting the studio with his country/rock/folk-influenced sound. It’s worth checking out on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mshgt3dLZBg&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR08Bb_zsgoX1lBP4pOURDnxiGeRyqfyid01DOMtoBt4CKbM8weMv7s4f5E
Beyond the catchy beat and equally catchy lyrics, the draw is the entertainer himself. You can tell MacLear is in his own perfect place and loving every minute of it. And his friends Cleto and the Cletones are right there with him, feeding off his energy and musical prowess.
Why aren’t there more Tom MacLears out there? Well, for one, emulators would need to possess mastery of the slide, bottleneck slide and lap steel guitar – not easy instruments to learn and certainly not easy to become a virtuoso at playing. Then there’s songwriting skills to cultivate and MacLear has that artform down in the way he finely crafts and curate lyrics.
If you aren’t familiar with MacLear, watch his performance on Kimmel and from there you’ll undoubtedly feel compelled to graduate to his latest release Gods and Ghosts and give it a listen. The title track itself will get your attention: It’s a showdown at MacLear’s corral where he takes a swing at the music business and its lack of regard for true talent at the hands of “self-appointed gods who take what once was free and sell us back our freedom like it was theirs to give or keep.” The first single off the album, “That Wonderful Love” is MacLear’s ode to finding hope in the world during these tumultuous times. Listening to this record will put you in a good place while also cajoling you into contemplation and questioning about life. Finally, music that’s like sonic salve for the soul.
The Award Winning-Songwriter TOM MACLEAR performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live, to promote his new CD 'GODS & GHOSTS' Thursday December 13th 11:30pm on the ABC Television Network
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (PRWEB) December 11, 2018
Former Music Industry Ghostwriter turned Solo Artist, TOM MACLEAR will be making a rare media appearance on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, Thursday December 13th, To promote his critically acclaimed CD "GODS & GHOSTS"
TOM MACLEAR will be sitting in as the night's 'Guest Artist' with Jimmy Kimmel's extraordinary house band Cleto & The Cletones, playing selections from his latest CD 'GODS & GHOSTS' including some special songs from the past.
An Award Winning Songmaster TOM MACLEAR has been releasing New Nashville and Americana/Country singles under his own name on Indie Radio Stations Nationwide and in Europe over the last 10 years. TOM MACLEAR has also contributed Film & Television Music most notably for FORREST WHITAKER'S 'SONGS MY BROTHER TAUGHT ME.'
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/323818221544444/
TOM MACLEAR's official website is: http://www.maclear.net/
MEG Records' Country Star Tom MacLear will be performing his Chart Topping Top 40 Country Single, Unapproachable, at the Sherman Oaks Street Fair
Sherman Oaks, CA (PRWEB) October 12, 2015
Producer, singer, songwriter Tom MacLear (of MEG Records) is often referred to as “the man behind the curtain, one of music’s best kept secrets,” is now emerging more toward the center of the stage as the driving force of “Tom MacLear & Friends” – an evergreen concept for his band that allows MacLear to perform and make music with some of the best musicians and vocalists in the business, and he is performing at the SHERMAN OAKs STREET FAIR- Sunday October 18th. 11-1:30pm Located on Ventura Blvd between Van Nuys and Kester!
TOM MACLEAR & FRIENDS opens the day with their ‘BREAKFAST ON THE BLVD CONCERT SET’ featuring Teresa James, Renee DiSisto and supporting members from Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal and Eric Burden’s The Animals. Don’t miss TOM MACLEAR & FRIENDS as they perform their New Nashville Radio Chart Topping Single ‘Unapproachable’ as NEW MUSIC WEEKLY’S Best New Country Band of 2015 ..... In the latest music news, Tom MacLear's Top 40 Country Singles, Unapproachable, sits high upon radio charts all over the nation, beating out such juggernauts like Demi Lovato, and Taylor Swift. ** Attachments of radio charts are included
This performance provides the opportunity to see and learn more about Tom MacLear and Friends!
Radio promo of Sherman Oaks Event can be found here: https://goo.gl/LuW28p
Interview opportunities are gladly available upon request. Please feel free to contact Renee Disisto at renee.megrecords(at)gmail(dot)com for all inquiries. No inquiries will be turned away. It's just a matter of scheduling. In person, over the phone, and Skype interviews are all encouraged.
Hear Tom’s radio hit single, “Unapproachable” on YouTube here: http://goo.gl/hVKiHT
Feel free to also view Tom’s presskit: http://goo.gl/S8LGTE
Contact information: PR / Manager: Renee DiSisto (Cell) : 310-770-2022
Tom MacLear releases Christmas Song • "Light, Love & Joy"
MEG Records * Press Release December 2018
Tom MacLear releases his new Christmas Song entitled:
LIGHT, LOVE & JOY (of Christmas) following his triumphant return to a national spotlight as he appeared on The Jimmy Kimmel Show. Jimmy shouts: "...You sing like an angel"... and Tom's Slide guitar playing was on fire as always...
Former Music Industry Ghostwriter turned Solo Artist, TOM MACLEAR made a rare media appearance on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, Thursday December 13th, To promote his critically acclaimed CD "GODS & GHOSTS.:
The Award Winning Songmaster TOM MACLEAR has been releasing New Nashville and Americana/Country singles under his own name on Indie Radio Stations Nationwide and in Europe over the last 10 years. TOM MACLEAR has also contributed Film & Television Music most notably for FORREST WHITAKER'S 'SONGS MY BROTHER TAUGHT ME.'
Tom MacLear releases "Merry Christmas Everyone"
Singer Songwriter Tom MacLear releases "Merry Christmas Everyone" to Radio for the Holidays!
Tom MacLear Music to Film & Television
Tom MacLear is a world-class country musician, songwriter and producer. His seasoned creative chops have led him to write for such greats as Brad Paisley and Annie Lennox while his sheer talent and musicianship have had him touring with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Emmy Lou Harris.
All of MacLear’s talents have culminated in the production of his newest studio album. It features male and female vocalists as well as a peppering of other talented musicians conducted around Tom’s signature slide guitar playing. Although Tom is an established multi-stylist with the ability to blend many genres together, his country roots and rock influences are certainly the focus of this album. Tom MacLear’s music is nothing but a genuine foray into country-rock sounds paired masterfully with classically great songwriting.
A Film & Television Music Company
Formerly 'Opus 1'
Tom MacLear & Friends: "A feel-good country" by Lauren Thompson 2014
Some of the most accomplished geniuses of our time have been concealed from the public eye. Their contributions are loved and enjoyed by many, but their identity lies just beyond the curtain. Make no mistake; the craftsmen who write for marquee artists are just as important as the stars themselves and truth be told they are probably more important to the end result. Even though Tom MacLear has been called one of music's best kept secrets, he is ready to relinquish this mystery of being a 'Ghost Writer' for objective recognition - the world will soon know he's prepped and ready for the arena himself.
Marquix Global Network
Don Kirshner on Tom MacLear / 2009
"...Material is not a problem here. Tom has performed and written hit songs for some of the best! His unique style, especially his slide guitar, has earned him much respect in the music industry...glad I found him..."
‘the late great_’ Don Kirshner
Producer, Publisher, Radio & TV Host
BBC Radio Scotland on Tom MacLear 2011
"...Tom MacLear's ‘One More Rodeo’ is a wonderfully catchy, enthralling and polished blend of Americana, Alt Country and Traditional Nashville..."
BBC Radio Scotland
Tom MacLear CD Release 'ONE MORE RODEO' by Chuck Daupin 2010
Tom MacLear has worked with some of the cream of the musical crop over the years ad he brings that musical appraoch to Music City with this CD that features some of that veteran talent MacLear is known to bring to his works.
The album kicks off with Dalls Hodge's (Canned Heat) shaker 'A Love So Fine.' Hodge handles the song with a Tom Jones-esque swagger that fits the song so well. He returns several times on the album, such as 'One More Rodeo' and 'Walk Away' and on each cut, he brings a log of attitude each time.
Then tere are the female vocalists on the disc. Rachel Quinn gets plenty of opportunities to show her talent and she doesn't disappoint. He take on 'Only One For Me' is one that could get her some attention at Pop or College radio, but there's more to her than that. She blossoms like a Country princess on 'Sweet Summer Days' which benefits from nice steel work from Dave Pearlman (Dan Fogelburg, Hoyt Axton, Phil Everly) and a swaying fiddle from Mark Indictor (Hot Lips & Fingertips)
It is safe to say MacLear's knows songwriting and he knows talent. Its in full evidence here!
Syndicated Music Critic
Tom MacLear Signs 3 year deal with OPUS ONE ARTIST SERIES
1 / 29 / 12
Tom MacLear signs 3 year deal with OPUS ONE ARTIST SERIES.
'Tom MacLear is a world-class country musician, songwriter and producer. His seasoned creative chops have led him to write for such greats as Brad Paisley and Annie Lennox while his sheer talent and musicianship have had him touring with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Emmy Lou Harris. All of MacLear's talents have culminated in the production of his newest studio album. It features male and female vocalists as well as a peppering of other talented musicians conducted around Tom's signature slide guitar playing. Although Tom is an established multi-stylist with the ability to blend many genres together, his country roots and rock influences are certainly the focus of this album. Tom MacLear's music is nothing but a genuine foray into country-rock sounds paired masterfully with classically great songwriting.'
OPUS ONE ARTIST SERIES http://www.opus1artistseries.com/
MEG RECORDS Press Release by George Williams 2012
MEG RECORDS PRESS RELEASE: 10-9-12
TOM MACLEAR'S NEW CD is due for Release by Meg Records November 30th.
This encore performance of new material consists of songs Tom has written for such artists as Jason Michael Carroll, Brad Paisley and numerous others in the Nashville community. Ten new songs have been recorded with his band:
ONE MORE RODEO (Dallas Hodge from Canned Heat, Bonnie Raitt and Steve Marriott fame) DAVE PEARLMAN (from Dan Fogleberg, Fools Gold, Don Everly) LARRY ZACK (from Jackson Browne and Warren Zevon) and PAT WILKINS (founder of Wilkins Guitars)... Featuring the exquisite vocals of HEATHER WATERS.
TOM MACLEAR & ONE MORE RODEO is an actual living legacy of the Southern California Country Rock boom of the 70's & 80's, these boys were amognst the gifted writers, performers and trend setters who were members of the bands, tours and albums of such legendary friends, such as: The Flying Burrito Brothers, Emmy Lou Harris, The Eagles, The Byrds and many more...
The new wave of Alt Country, Contemporary Nashville, Punk Bluegrass and Americana found their road in music via the descending founders of this Southern California Country Rock golden era. TOM MACLEAR and the members of
ONE MORE RODEO was and has been an very significant force in this revolutionary era that changed Country Music forever.
Be sure to catch this bit of country rock music history, born anew!
PR/A&R Meg Records
Anna Livia FM Radio, Dublin Ireland on Tom MacLear 2011
"...A pure and honest writer of today. His talents have only grown in his absence from the spot light over these last five years.
Anna Livia FM, Dublin Ireland
RTE 2 FM Radio, Dublin Ireland on Tom MacLear 2011
"...Often compared to such artists as Ry Cooder and Lowell George, Tom MacLear's Bottle-Neck-Slide playing has won him particular notoriety..."
Mike Maloney (Maloney After Midnight Show)
RTE 2 FM, Dublin Ireland