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2015 – The Next Big Step for TGB

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  • 03/03/2015
Tom Gee Band next step 2015 future

Tom Gee at New Crawdaddy Blues Club, Essex. February 2015.

So, 2014 disappeared fairly quietly for Tom Gee Band.
After a whirlwind year that included our debut album coming in at No. 4 in the iTunes Blues Chart, a British Blues Awards nomination and touring all over the UK & Ireland, we all had a well-earned rest before getting started on 2015.

2015.
I can remember being 11 years old in 2000 and hearing people talk about football World Cups being held in 2010, people preparing bids for the 2012 Olympics and thinking how far away that sounded. A lot has happened since then so I decided to take a little bit of time to think about what we are going to do next.
It’s not easy – sometimes finding the motivation to keep going is hard as the industry changes, as people buck against the revolution of roots music and as “new music” sounds less new and less like music with each passing day.
2015 will mark my 26th birthday. In all the daydreams and fantasies of roaring success in the music business I had as a teenager, I had “made it” by now.

As that sentence finds its way to the page from my fingers via my keyboard I allow myself a wry smile; what constitutes having made it?
Having a debut album in the Top 5 on an iTunes chart?
Coming up to 10 years of gigging from pubs to clubs to theatres and arenas with some of the most talented musicians I’ve come across?
Some might say that I’d have to be very greedy to want more than that. There’s an interesting sense of melancholy that seeps in when I look back. I’m satisfied with what we’ve achieved so far.

We had a rehearsal in January.  Locked in a small soundproofed room with Tolu, Jim, Dave, Matt and Joe for 4 hours might sound to some like a chore. For me it was therapy. Getting back into the swing of things. We walked out of that rehearsal with 2 new songs and 2 old songs totally reworked.
So, when it’s hard to find my get up and go, where do I find the motivation to keep going?
This band.

2015 is a big year from a personal point of view. I’m getting married and delighted to say that our long time drummer and friend David is also tying the knot.
You would be forgiven for thinking we might be distracted from our music but that certainly isn’t the case.
We plan to gig, write and towards the end of the year start recording our difficult 2nd album.
Excited? Yes.
Motivated? Totally.
Having been lucky enough to play a few gigs already this year with Jo Harman I’m hopeful of securing a few more support dates later this year. We’ve had lots of great feedback from our gigs so far and we’re looking forward to continuing to play throughout the country.

4 Comments on 2015 – The Next Big Step for TGB

  • Chris Kyan says:
    03/03/2015 at 5:54 pm

    Great blog, you make me feel old, but if you think time passes quick now, wait and see as you do age lol
    Glad you like my pic, it made my day you chose to use it. I must be doing somthing right.
    That gig was great at the new Crawdaddy, we really enjoyed your sound and CD’s. Keep writing, keep gigging and live your dream.
    We will defiantly come and see you again.
    Chris & Karen

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    • Tom Gee says:
      04/03/2015 at 9:11 am

      Thanks for your comments, glad you’re enjoying the music. Your photos are great, thanks again for sending them across!

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  • Tolu says:
    03/03/2015 at 10:04 pm

    I love you too x

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    • Tom Gee says:
      04/03/2015 at 9:12 am

      <3

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