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Tom Walbank

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Tom Walbank on the new stage, Hotel Congress, Tucson, Spring 2004.

IMAGES: CIA ROMANO 2004

In addition to being completely personable, Tom Walbank is a living history of classic blues. His paintings of the Delta legends are personal and iconoclastic. His slide guitar is nuanced and expressive, and his blues harp is . . . astonishing. Tom is squarely plugged into his rhythmic source, a vibration he transmits through the tile floors at Congress or the wooden planks of 7 Black Cats (RIP), where the soles of your feet absorb the pounding and carry you along with him. Since I first wrote about Tom last year, I've been asked to defend his place in Legends by a couple of jealous (or drunken) fools who *aren't* listed in this section, and won't be, either. We stand by our call.

-- CIA ROMANO, spring 2004

NAME:

"Tom Walbank."

OCCUPATION:

"Musician and artist."

QUOTE:

"Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it's later than you think."

BANDS:

"Me, myself and I -- downtown."

OTHER CO-CONSPIRATORS:

"Homefries include: Main man Doug E. Smith, Howe, John and Joey, Naim, The Golden Boots, Nathan Sabatino, Mr. Al Foul ."

LIFE STORY IN BRIEF:

"England, Scotland, wifey = America."

BORN IN:

"Somerset, England ."

HOW LONG IN TUCSON:

"Three years."

ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE TUCSON:

"Home."

WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN ON THE LOCAL SCENE:

"The amazing talents we have here in Tucson recognized, all the artists, musicians and poets. The arts are going off -- it's time someone recognized it."

CONNECTING POINTS:

"Delta to Chicago."

ARTIFACTS:

"Wrinkles."

CONTACT:

520-903-0896

 


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