Tom TC Carpenter is a singer - songwriter from Stroudsburg Pennsylvania. After playing in various bands over the years, he decided to focus on songwriting and began performing as a solo act while honing his craft. He now plays throughout north east PA and north New Jersey as a solo act and occasionally performs with a number of other local musicians in different configurations.

 

Tom's influences and inspirations vary from 60's and 70's rock to early country and Americana. From Johnny Cash, The Allman Brothers and Arlo Guthrie to Bob Dylan, Stephan Stills, The Band as well as The Beatles. His current songwriting has shifted into exploring the stories of local history - how the railways, the immigrants, and the steel industry shaped the region.

 

In September of 2016 Tom released his debut CD - "Look Inside" - of original songs consisting of four studio cuts recorded at Myx o lydian Studios in Delaware Water Gap PA and four live cuts culled from a live set recorded at Sarah Street Grill in Stroudsburg PA during the previous year. The album featured multi instrumentalist Gary Dillon (The Desberados), jazz bassist Joe michaels, drummer Jeff Barg (Kings In Disguise, Bovine Social Club), mandolinist Q Fisher (Serene Green) and Andy Goessling (Blue Sparks From Hell, Railroad Earth). The project was produced by Samuel Saint Thomas and engineered by Don Sternecker.

 

Since the release of his CD Tom has been performing regularly throughout the Lehigh Valley, the Poconos and north Jersey and has opened for regional and national acts. In addition to regular shows, Tom also hosts the Songwriters Round. This is a bi monthly event that features regional singer - songwriters and focuses on the songwriting pricess and the craft behind the artists original songs.

"Tom is a craftsman, a wordsmith and a teller of tales. His music is at once pleasing and transportive. Beyond that he's an asset and an advocate for the music community. A tireless and hardworking DIY artist who's a real pleasure to do business with."

 

Brian McCloskey, Foul Rift Productions