About

Thomas Aaron GarlowThomas Aaron Garlow
Music, Laughter, Travel, Friends

 

Thomas Aaron Garlow boasts a rich history in the music business that he brings with him to the present day as an artist, songwriter and performer. His musical influences take roots from his native hills of West Virginia to his current home in the mountains of North Carolina. You can hear the influence in his music. Working his summers on farms in eastern North Carolina where he spent many steamy afternoons drinking homemade corn liquor and playing the Delta and Piedmont blues with his tenant farmer coworkers, Thomas infuses his music with the rural southern life, yet has experienced a broad and unique variety of the industry.

Acclaimed for his mastery of the guitar, his style has been described as smooth and powerful. His seasoned vocals and home-spun storytelling, bring a subtle but “straight to the heart” strength and intimacy to his performances.

It was a Chet Atkins record that lit the fire for Thomas as a 12 boy, and by late 60’s and early 70’s, Thomas was part of the emerging folk scene as he honed his craft performing all over the east coast and beyond, opening for such now legends as Gordon Lightfoot, Ian and Sylvia, Phil Ochs, John Prine and more.

However, Thomas’s songwriting took a professional turn when hired by a major record label in Nashville in 1970. He also worked as a session musician and backup musician and singer for several bands and solo artists over the years.

In the intervening decades, since his early successes, he put music on hold to raise and support a family, but has returned in 2015 to release his first CD and is now working on his second. Thomas performs both solo and with his band.