11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Tom Galloway

Tom GallowayIf your ears are looking for a fresh new Country Rock/American sound and you love twangy electric and pedal steel guitar driven hooks, have I got a new record for you: “Cross Currents” by Tom Galloway. After doing the band thing for a few years out of his native Georgia, Tom’s now here in Music City, and these eight songs from his solo debut are sure to get you bouncing about your day.

Start your listening at Spotify with the Tom Petty-inspired “Wild Bird,” and then watch this video of the twangy “Our Due Time” shot live at The Basement East. Songs like these are the kind of music that first made me love Country Rock in my teens.

Thanks Tom, for reaching out to enter the 11 Questions Kingdom. Looking forward to seeing you play live in Music City soon.


Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?

I was born in Atlanta, GA, and my family moved to Texas when I was three-years old. We lived there until I was 15 and ended up moving back to Atlanta. Then I attended the University of Georgia and stayed in the great music town of Athens, GA for several years. I have now been living in Nashville for about four years.

What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?

I would always listen to my father’s albums, the first I remember was Riders in the Sky’s Cowboy Jubilee. But, the first album I personally bought was on cassette tape, The Presidents of the United States of America self-titled alternative record in 1995.  The last album I bought was Waylon Jennings’ I’ve Always Been Crazy on vinyl specifically for the Buddy Holly medley they perform on the B-side of the record. Digital streaming is where I usually go for music these days, but sometimes I will buy vinyl if I come across a sentimental record.

First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?

My dad took me to see The Fabulous Thunderbirds at a Blues Festival in Tyler, TX, when I was young. The first live show I went to on my own was the Widespread Panic New Year’s run in Atlanta, GA. The most recent show I’ve seen was Phish at Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville.

Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?

Johnny Paycheck

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?

Coffee: Dose. Pizza: Nonna Pizzeria & Wine Bar

What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?

My current favorite record out of Nashville right now is Silver Tears by Aaron Lee Tasjan, put out by New West Records, one of my favorite labels in town.

Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?

Any Waffle House in the country.

The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.

Daniel Allen, Maggie Rose and Gail Davies.

What are your favorite music venues to play in town?

Exit/In and The Basement East

Name a musician who you’d like to see move here?


Finally, what’s in your musical future?

I recently released my debut LP, Cross Currents, which can be found on all digital music outlets. We are currently working on pre-production for the follow-up record and are scheduled to lay it down at Southern Ground Studios at the beginning of January.  I also play with the bands Mama’s Love, Maradeen, Stampede, and Chandler Stephens.

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