TOM ARMSTRONG is a San Francisco Bay Area-based writer, singer, and performer of honky-tonk heart songs in a Country & Western vein. Tom draws much of his inspiration from the rich heritage of West Coast country music, performers like Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Wynn Stewart, Skeets McDonald, and many more.
As a singer, Tom’s style is loud & proud in the tradition of Ray Price, Webb Pierce, and the Louvin Brothers. As a guitar player, he favors the gutty twang of Luther Perkins and Grady Martin’s work with Johnny Horton. But his secret weapon is his songwriting. Tom embraces all the plainspoken forthrightness of classic country songcraft, as practiced by the greats of the genre: Hank Williams, Harlan Howard, Willie Nelson, Floyd Tillman, Wayne Kemp, Roger Miller, and many others. Tom’s songs dig into both the pain and the humor of everyday life. Give them a listen, and you will recognize the truth in them.
Tom has released three CDs of original music on his own Carswell Records label. Tom gigs regularly in the San Francisco bay area with the Branded Men – Glen Earl Brown on bass and vocals, Dave Zirbel on pedal steel guitar, and Dana Burt on drums.