Tom Brosseau

Treasures Untold is a collection. 10 songs – 6 from the Great American Folksong Book and 4 Tom Brosseau originals recorded live at a private event in Cologne, Germany. Tom Brosseau, his original guitar playing and the voice that NPR calls “one of the most arresting voices in folk music today.” No affectations, no effects, just the goodness of song and story.

Brosseau’s uncanny ability to curate a setlist by feeling the room creates the arc of the album. The sparse instrumental “Empire Builder” bends into a monologue for the city of Cologne, rises to a crescendo with “Today Is A Bright New Day”, and closes with the title song, the immortal Jimmie Rodgers classic “Treasures Untold.” When you listen to this album, you are right alongside.

“Lately I’ve been studying the guitar playing of Woody Mann, who was influenced by Rev. Gary Davis, one of the pillars of 20th century ragtime guitar. The ragtime style, despite however difficult and frustrating to learn, is a lot of fun once you get going. I for one can’t help myself – the syncopated thing of ragtime makes me want to play it all day long. It’s brought me closer to the acoustic guitar, and not only that, to the music and technique of some of the American guitar greats, including Elizabeth Cotten, Jimmie Rodgers, Maybelle Carter. Songs from each of them are featured in this collection.”

“With Treasures Untold I get to share a side of music that I haven’t necessarily been able to do before, by exposing people to some of the great songs of yesteryear, songs that have touched and influenced me, songs that when I first heard them I thought to myself, How could I have even lived until now without hearing this before? Music is more or less out of my control. There’s never a moment when it isn’t playing. It plays when I make decisions, when I’m talking to people. It plays when I sleep. I don’t know if I’m a part of this world or not. But I do live inside a song. Music truly keeps me going.”

Track Listing:

Side A

1). EMPIRE BUILDER – written by Tom Brosseau, Unabridged Music, ASCAP

2). YOU WIN AGAIN – written by Hank Williams Sr., Sony/ ATV Acuff Rose Music

3). DON’T FORGET THIS SONG – written by A.P. Carter, Peer International Corp., BMI

4). I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD – written by Rev. Gary Davis, Downtown DLJ Songs OBO Budde Music Inc.

5). I LOVE TO PLAY GUITAR – written by Tom Brosseau, Unabridged Music, ASCAP

6). COLOGNE (monologue) – written by Tom Brosseau, Unabridged Music, ASCAP

7). THE HORSES WILL NOT RIDE, THE GOSPEL WON’T BE SPOKEN – written by Tom Brosseau, Unabridged Music, ASCAP

Side B

8). WHEN I’M GONE – written by Elizabeth Cotten, Figs. D Music Inc. OBO Sanga Music

9). DREAMING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES – written by Jimmie Rodgers and Waldo O’Neal, Peer International Corp., BMI

10). TODAY IS A BRIGHT NEW DAY – written by Tom Brosseau, Unabridged Music, ASCAP

11). JIMMIE RODGERS (monologue) – written by Tom Brosseau, Unabridged Music, ASCAP

12). TREASURES UNTOLD – written by Jimmie Rodgers and Ellsworth T. Cozzens, Peer International Corp., BMI

All songs written by Tom Brosseau
Unabridged Music (ASCAP) / Admin by Modern Works
except where noted

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Christoph Hermann, Köln, Germany
Tom Brosseau: Acoustic guitar, vocals
Album design and layout: DLT
Cover photo: Julian Fallas
Liner notes: Daniel J. Levitin

Management: Mary Jones Management
P&C 2017 Tom Brosseau, All Rights Reserved
A Crossbill Records Release

Liner Notes:

There is a simple elegance underlying Tom Brosseau’s music. His lyrics create pictures in my mind, his melodies wind their way through my imagination when I’m doing other things. And there is a completeness to his songs that comes along once in a long while. Great songs don’t sound composed or crafted or worked on, they just sound like they arrived as they are, carefully plucked from some great muse in the sky. We see the same quality in all great works of art – paintings such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night or Monet’s Water Lilies – appear to us less as worked on than discovered.

Tom’s voice is a supple instrument, and along with his exquisite phrasing, he brings depth and nuance to everything that his voice touches. Although his lyrics and those of the covers here are often melancholy, his voice brings a sweetness, vulnerability and hopefulness to them. You can’t have too much of those qualities, of course, and his recordings resound with them.

One of the great joys of being alive today is the ability to discover new art, new artists and to share them with our friends and loved ones. If you haven’t heard Tom Brosseau, you will hear one of the most original songwriting voices of the past twenty years. If you have heard him, you’ll find new favorite songs and moments of sadness, joy, and beauty that you didn’t know were out there in the world. And for the fans like me, Tom’s choice of songs by others gives us an insight into the songwriter’s process and mind, a glimpse of those songs that inspired him and moved him enough to become a songwriter himself, to discover the inner harmony that unites sound and intellect, motion and emotion.

Daniel J. Levitin

Daniel J. Levitin is a musician and author, among other works, of This Is Your Brain On Music.

TB4byLizziBrosseauIMAGES: To download, click above. Credit to Lizzi Brosseau.


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Tom Brosseau
Crossbill Records