Tom Proctor: Guardians to The A-Listers With 70 IMDB credits to his name, Tom Proctor has appeared in films and television series such as Nashville, Lawless, Justified, Django Unchained, and Westworld. In 2014 he won Best Actor in a Short Film at the Northeast Film Festival and also won the same award at the 2018 Chandler International Film Festival. Currently, Proctor is working on three interesting projects. He and his band the A-Listers have dropped Working Man, a release with some of the most heartwarming storytelling songs on the planet. The A-Listers are a group of musicians who have worked with the … Continue reading
I’ll make a little confession here as a lifelong fan of country music. I don’t own any cowboy boots, nor do I think I will ever want to. I know, I’m exactly the big city cretin that country musicians can so coolly mock. I don’t even own one measly cowboy hat or one weary acoustic guitar filled with a secret liquor to drink away my forlorn songs. I’m not much of a devotee in the open at all. I’m one of those great many secret country music fans living lives far away from Nashville and the South as a whole. One of the frightened masses who can’t find the conviction to crusade for their Willie Nelson love, or their Johnny Cash idolatry in the day-to-day bustle of city life.
Even worse I’m not even really a southern man, and I don’t know what it truly means to live in the open expanses of the American heartland. I’ve been, and will probably always be, a city fairing person. But when I drive along the Rocky Mountains on my daily commute home, in the shadows of the mountain at dusk, listening to the crushing pain of Cash on American Recordings, or the world weary croons of Tammy Wynette, I can feel like I am, that I am in touch with the word I know nothing about. Wasn’t that country music’s greatest virtue? Sharing Southern escapism and struggle with the world, without pretense?
And when it comes to country music as a form of escapism, and Southern expression, few modern songwriters understand it as much as Tom Proctor. As a man deeply embroiled in the world of Hollywood as both an actor and stunt performer– you might recognize him from movies like Django Unchained and Guardians of the Galaxy, or shows like True Detective– Tom understands the power of narrative. He understands storytelling and the power of taking your audience somewhere where they could never go on their own. On his new album Working Manhe does just that, shooting shots of empty horizons and disintegrating roads. Telling stories of bikers and melancholic escape. He plays to conventional Southern tropes without the cynicism of a pop country star trying to sell the working man for everything he’s got, but as a storyteller trying to give the working man every credit he deserves.
Playing music that mines the tried and true sounds of southern rock and country, Working Man understands that the southern escape isn’t about re-inventing the wheel or challenging the form, it’s about the earnesty of the words, and the melodies you create. Like the forlorn descent of “Delete You”, or the anthemic rise of “Son Of An Outlaw”, Tom Proctor makes big statements inside the traditional word he orbits. And while the growing pains of a new artist are hard to ignore, in the sometimes lacking compositions of his bare bones ballads, the strength of it’s convictions can carry it through. Working Man is a confident step for Tom Proctor into a conversation that has existed long before him, one that is desperate for artists to carry it’s torch.
Okay, I’ll just say this: TOM. PROCTOR. IS. EVERYTHING! Literally, he’s everything; him, his band, and his newest album, Working Man, which was released June 15thof this year. As a music fanatic, I’ve never listened to an album that was as real as Working Man…or, at least, like it. In other words, I’ve never listened to an album to the point where at the end, I said, “…now, this is just deep on so many levels.” While I’m on that, can I just call this album “deep”…please?
Working Man’s two best aspects, among others, are its realistic themes and its commitment to one genre. First thing’s first: let’s talk about themes. Many of today’s songs refer to love, drama, heartbreak, and loving yourself. But, not many songs talk about the observation of life. Warning: don’t take “observation of life” lightly because there’s nothing “light” about it. What do I mean? Well, take Working Man (yes, the song of the same name) and In Hollywood(a song that hit home), for example. Working Man explains the struggles of people who work long hours to supply for their family. But, this doesn’t go without facing personal problems, like dealing with unappreciative people. Those same exact people working long hours wonder time and time again if there’s anyone else like them who might be going through the same thing. They might be wondering if there’s any hope or sense of guidance. How can I tell? Well, I was raised by a single parent (whom I appreciate very much). On the other hand, In Hollywood brutally explains how most people end up making it in Hollywood. This isn’t said much, but it is most certainly NOT an easy journey trying to become active in showbiz, especially the right way. Out of all the songs, In Hollywood was the one that hit all the way home, especially because I’ve been interested in the showbiz industry for the longest time (our little secret). Just when you thought no artist or band would say anything, Tom Proctor and the A-Listers would. I’m impressed.
And now, the second-best aspect: its country genre. As a music fanatic, I’m all for genre fusions. But, to have an album dedicated to just one genre is a bit outstanding and rather impressive. To me, sticking with one genre is part of what defines an artist…or in this case, a band. Now, I don’t mean that in a bad way; I mean that in a good way. Prime example, remember Taylor Swift? Of course, you do! Remember when she started out in the country genre and switched to pop? Country defined her. Then, pop redefined her. I’m all for redefinition because it’s all about change. But, when an artist or band is able to stick to one genre, that’s something else…and something worth being proud of.
I can’t guarantee that Working Man will have you working, but I can guarantee that it’ll have you in your feels. Believe that!
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This coming Sunday at 8:00pm EST, our single “In Hollywood” will be played on http://tnnradio.com/
So excited about where things are going and can’t wait to listen online. Hope you can all tune in with me.
Well fire up them hogs and strap on…(oh wait, can we still say strap on?) F// it. Strap on those boots and come to Bartel’s Harley in Marina Del Rey June 24 from 1-5 for the release party of my new Album. Bartel Harley brings the food and drink I bring the music and the off colored socially incorrect humor. I keep being told that in this climate I should be careful of what I joke about ya… Careful?, not in my DNA thats just not me. Good times great music now that is me!! come have some fun!! I am excited to start the working man tour ride July 1st. I will be headed to St George Utah first. If I have given you an exact date that I will be at your back yard BBQ or bar/restaurant please know that I am a LIAR!! Those dates are still being worked out. I love you all for inviting me to you homes and allowing me to get to know you and your friends and family. OH OH wait BTW the album is ready for pre order now and online orders by June 15th here on these links
Listen to my hit single for free on this link https://www.reverbnation.com/tompro…/…/29612325-in-hollywood