North-Dakota-born, Los Angeles-based songwriter and singer Tom Brosseau is set to release his new
album North Dakota Impressions, the 3rd record of a trilogy following on from Grass Punks (2014)
and Perfect Abandon (2015). The trilogy visits life from a local perspective, taking the listener on a
journey that doesn't clip along uniformly on some common interstate, but treads at its own pace on
a rural route. More glances, more investigations and introspections, more light, more dark.
Memories, imaginings, longings for a place, a home. North Dakota Impressions is a hopeful album.
As Brosseau explains: My sense of home is probably the dearest thing I hold. I work to preserve it. I
go back into my memories and dreams of where I grew up and I explore, as a cartographer.”
Tom Brosseau learned to play acoustic guitar from his grandmother. As Brosseau explains: I grew
up with music in the church, in the school, music at home. I learned a lot of hymnal and folk songs,
both traditional and contemporary, and since I was influenced by what my grandparents listened to,
in a sense I studied the singers and songwriters of the great American songbook.”
He has toured Japan, Canada, Portugal, Iceland, Australia; performed in bars, backyards, grand halls,
subways, theaters, old folks homes; exchanged songs and poetry with many talented folks, including
Susan Orlean, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Patrick Marber, Bonnie Raitt and the late Sam Hinton. Brosseau
also sings and plays guitar with Becky Stark and John C. Reilly in John Reilly & Friends.
Not long after Brosseau moved to Los Angeles in 2003, he began performing at the renowned club,
Largo, where he met Sara and Sean Watkins. Sean Watkins recorded both Brosseau’s much praised
album Grass Punks (2014) and North Dakota Impressions. John Parish (PJ Harvey) produced Perfect
Abandon (2015) with Brosseau and a 3-piece band at The Cube theater in Bristol UK, using only a
single mic. North Dakota Impressions was produced and recorded by Sean Watkins in Silverlake and
Highland Park, Los Angeles California.