Tom T. Hall Biography
Tom T. Hall is simultaneously an international superstar and a complete unknown. If his name does ring a bell, it could be for any number of reasons. Depending on when and where you have lived you may remember him as, for example, the spokesman for Tyson Chicken from years back, or from his appearances on Hee Haw. Maybe you think of Tom T. Hall as the answer to the trivia question, "Who wrote 'Harper Valley P.T.A.', the 1968 smash hit for Jeannie C. Riley that spawned its own feature film and television series?" Or perhaps you listened to country radio in the 70's and remember a Tom T. Hall novelty song like "Sneaky Snake" or "I Like Beer". Be it a song or a show or a commercial or whatever, the man's name seems to conjure up dozens of associations. However, what most people don't know is that Tom T. Hall is a living legend among songwriters.
In Nashville, Tom T. Hall is treated like royalty. The great George Jones, known far and wide as "The Rolls Royce Of Country Singers", calls him "by far the all-time greatest songwriter/storyteller that country music has ever had". Nashville-based music journalist and historian Robert K. Oermann maintains that he moved to Nashville largely as a result of hearing Hall's songs on the radio in the late 60's and early 70's. "His songs...literally called out to me," says Oermann. "Tom T. Hall lured me here; he inspired my own career as a writer." Oermann was so inspired that he compiled a 2 CD Tom T. Hall boxed-set for Mercury Records in 1995. At the time of its release, Oermann had this to say about his labor of love: "If this boxed-set accomplishes one thing, I want it to remind everyone that Tom T. Hall is one of the greatest singer-songwriters who ever recorded; not just in country, but in any field of music. He's that good; he's that important."
In addition to the boxed-set, which is of course a collection of Tom T. Hall's original recordings, there is another exciting project in the works. Kickstand Productions and Delmore Recordings kicked off the Tom T. Hall Tribute Project in March of 1995 with modest plans for a tribute record. Since that time, the Project has grown considerably in scope. REAL: A Tribute To Tom T. Hall Volume One will be released Fall, 1997; Volume Two is being earmarked for release next year. The rosters of the tribute records have not yet been made public, but it has been confirmed that there will be a full 17 tracks on the first volume alone. That record's line-up comprises an extremely broad array of artists, each of whom appears both out of admiration for Tom T. Hall's work and out of the aforementioned desire to keep his music alive and in the public consciousness.
In addition to the records, there was a Tom T. Hall tribute showcase at Austin's South By Southwest Music Conference in March '97, and similar showcases will be taking place at the CMJ Conference and at the Bottom Line in New York City, to name just a few. There will also be a tour composed of a rotating line-up of bands from the record(s), performing both original material and Tom T. Hall material. As all the above makes evident, the Tom T. Hall Tribute Project is a tribute in the truest sense, intended to pay homage to Tom T. Hall by turning today's audiences on to the wonderful songs of Nashville's Storyteller.
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Kentucky's BEST | Reviewer: Kay Hollon | 12/18/12
Tom T. Hall is the greatest story teller-song writer-singer of ALL!! I have listened to him ever since I was a very small girl. I have three older brothers that always listened and played quitars along with his songs! I'm 55 now and still sing along with his beautiful songs and "Me and Jesus, got our own thang going" comes to my mind a LOT!!! LOL!! I JUST LOVE HIM!! BLESS HIS HEART!!! Cave Spring, GA
A song writer | Reviewer: Al Davis | 11/20/12
I have like him from the first time I heard him. I have always wanted to meat him and listen to him sing but it never happened yet! Tom T if you look at this thank you for your music and the joy that it has been to me. Thank you for the groans of my kids when it's just a Tom T night! I live in Illinois.
Once In A Lifetime | Reviewer: Shirley Wilson | 7/26/12
I am 66 years old and I have been a fan of Tom T. Hall ever since I heard his voice for the first time.I live in West Virginia.My late husband used to travel with Melvin Goins and the Goins Brothers.He had the privilege of visiting Tom T. and Dixie's home and having dinner seated next to the legend himself at his dinner table.
I listen to Tom T's music and sing along.So many wonderful songs that take me back to simpler times. Thank you, Tom T. Hall for sharing your gift with the world.
young times & memories | Reviewer: Joachim Bonnetrouge | 7/20/11
In the 70's I was starting my career on radio/communications. I was stung by Tom T. Hall songs, music & times. To this day I feel honored to be able to listen to his songs, just the way he does the songs does something to life . . . I hope to meet him someday.
Which album? | Reviewer: Evan Gammage | 6/23/11
This is not a review. I just hope someone can help me find the album name where Tom T. sings with someone else on Man On The Side Of The Road. Who is the other artist? Please reply to above email address if you can help.
I know every word ! | Reviewer: Bill Clontz | 12/21/10
I have been and still am a Tom T. Hall fan. I've listened to his songs over and over and have learned the words to all of them. I have never been to a concert, but I've felt in my heart that someday I'd get to meet him ! Gotta hurry though, getting old and my health isn't good....If someone finds out he'll be in Georgia, please let me know.....
A forgotten song | Reviewer: Don Craig | 10/22/07
I think there was a song by Tom about being in Germany. Yates his Army buddy were in a bar drinking with some German women. Their husbands catch them. The last words of the song were if it has a switch blade knife....salute it. I think it was by Tom. I dont know the title.
Gentle Spirit. | Reviewer: Nathan Shaw | 9/26/07
Tom T Hall's music has always made me want to sing along. The powerful choice of words used in his songs never failed to tug at my heart.I have so many favorite songs by him, but my favorite is
All time best | Reviewer: David Martin | 12/6/05
I grew up listening to Tom T. Hall in Eastern Ky. He wrote a song about my school princple George L.Moore.I had a band and played local for awhile. Tom T. Hall songs where a part of my show .I would like to help keep his music alive . I still do his music today, And do it as close to original as possible. Tom T. Hall touches my sole . I learned alot from his book on how to write songs.The first song I sung to my wife was, Little Green flower with the yellow on top.It's still her favorite today.We now live in Milton Florida and all my albums are stored in Ky.I wish some of the older Tom T. Hall CDs were in Walmart or Some of the other local stores . One of my Dreams is to meet Tom T. Hall and shake his hand for giving his music to sing and play.His music made me want to be a singer. He's truly one of the Greatest. Let's all help to keep his music alive.
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