As one of the most distinguished song craftsmen of the 21st century, Tom Baxter will be heading out on a 24-date UK tour from the end of September 2018 in support of his first official release in a decade, the highly acclaimed The Other Side of Blue.
It was in 2008 that Tom brought out the self-funded Skybound, the follow-up to the 2004 debut Feather & Stone, which first alerted the wider world to his singular talent for absolutely believable, emotionally immersive composition. Since then, he’s released one fan-only album, travelled the world, been through plenty of soul-searching and emerged at the other end with what may well be his best-ever work.
Baxter made his name with such heart-stopping originals as Better, Almost There and Day in Verona, and his songs have been covered by much-loved entertainers from Dame Shirley Bassey all the way through to Boyzone. He’s admired by the likes of Tom Waits, Rufus Wainwright, Gary Barlow and actor David Schwimmer, and by a steadfast set of fans that waited patiently for the release of his latest album.
While other artists rush so readily to provide the personal information that feeds the beast of self-promotion, Tom has kept his counsel, determined to be defined only by his music, and at his own pace. But it has been a tumultuous ten years. He married the long-time girlfriend for whom he wrote the Ivor Novello Award-nominated Better, but then endured a divorce and, more recently, was happily remarried. Along the way, he lived in Devon, travelled to India, Los Angeles, Spain and then to Brazil, the place that inspired him to find the impetus to write again.
Baxter’s albums have always enveloped the listener with a delicious intensity, and so it is again on The Other Side of Blue, which takes us from the heart-wrenching title track and others such as For Crying Out Loud, to the happier place that Tom now himself inhabits, expressed in the gentle optimism of When I’m In Your Hands.
An English original has returned.
Tom Baxter will play at the Live Room in Shipley on October 14th, St Mary’s Church in Beverley on October 15th, Selby Town Hall on November 8th, and Leeds Town Hall on November 26th.