Tom follows the announcement of the May release of his eagerly awaited new album ‘Spirit In The Room’ with news of a new AA sided single ‘Hit Or Miss’/‘Bad As Me’ on 14th May through Island Records. Hit Or Miss will be available to download from I tunes on Saturday 28th April ahead of the May 14th Impact date.
The follow-up to the collection of songs that comprised the acclaimed ‘Praise & Blame’ album in 2010 sees producer/guitarist Ethan Johns, Tom and a small band of specialist players delving deep into the essence of popular song. The resultant ‘Spirit In The Room’ marks another landmark development in Tom’s recorded legacy as he continues to explore his artistic landscape.
The single, a version of Odetta’s ‘Hit Or Miss’, sees Tom bringing the song to life with an engaging down-home country vibe whilst producer/guitarist Ethan Johns, accompanied by Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa on percussion, Richard Causon on piano and Sam Dixon on bass support with a delightful musical setting redolent of sunny summer festival days.
On the flip side is ‘Bad As Me’, a colourful Tom Waits composition that Sir Tom delivers with a maniacal cackle that freely expresses the chaos within. Also accompanied by Johns and Causon, this makes a double edged single that gives a glimpse into the depth and range of the forthcoming album.
Tom has confirmed an exclusive live appearance early this summer with a show that will include songs from both ‘Praise & Blame’ and ‘Spirit In The Room’ at this year’s BluesFest London, held at the Hammersmith Apollo on luly 1st .
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‘Hit Or Miss’/’Bad As Me’ – is released on 14th May through Island Records
‘Spirit In The Room’ - is released on 21st May through Island Records