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Tommy's Place

by Doug Cowen & the Basics

Discovering a unique voice in rock and roll songwriting is truly something to treasure. The city of South Bend, Indiana, produced one of those voices in the late Tommy Thompson. A regional fixture since the 1980s, Tommy wrote his songs and played his music just on the edges of fame before his premature death in 2008. Tommy shared stages with big names and flirted with recording contracts and he left behind a legacy of songs that could have been hits . . . SHOULD have been hits. That is why Doug Cowen and the Basics pay tribute to Tommy Thompson with their latest CD, TOMMY'S PLACE. Ten of Tommy's greatest songs are given new life to commemorate a rock and roll life and an unforgettable talent.
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Doug Cowen & the Basics are a roots rockin' 3 piece band out of South Bend, Indiana. The trio's new CD TOMMY'S PLACE pays tribute to their friend and former band mate Tommy Thompson who passed away suddenly and prematurely in 2008. We hope you enjoy our interpretation of just a few of the many great songs that he wrote.


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Timothy Hanlon

Douger visits Tommy's Place
Douger visits Tommy's Place and Rock's the Soul of those who knew him, and I would guess the artist himself, who I believe would have only one wish...to once again join his great friend on stage to share his love of heartfelt good-time rock n' roll!

Guess what I'm saying Doug, is that I finally had an opportunity to listen to Tommy's Place and I thoroughly enjoyed it! At times I would lose myself in the music and would think that I'm hearing Tommy himself. A less gritty, but smoother, tighter, slicker heartfelt professionally-produced
rendition of some of his best songs.

Thanks for sharing, your artistry, the solo's are solid fun. But more importantly, thanks for sharing Tommy...His memory and music will always always have a Place in my heart, too! Please give my sincerest
compliments to Charlie and Ben for their expertise and passionate performances, as well!
Bravo!

Charlie Ricci (BLOGGERHYTHMS)

Doug Cowen & The Basics - Tommy's Place (2013)
On their fourth release, Tommy's Place, Doug Cowen & The Basics have shunned their own songwriting and recorded an album full of songs by a musician they admire, the late Tommy Thompson. Thompson, who was apparently a revered local legend in South Bend, Indiana came awfully close to hitting the big time but never quite made it. (Having never heard him play I'll just have to take Cowen's word for it).

The rocker, who was a close friend of The Basics' leader and briefly a member of the trio, died way too young of a heart attack at age 49.

It may seem odd to you that a band hardly anyone has heard play outside of their hometown recorded a tribute to someone who only earned a bit more traction than The Basics have because, on the surface, the album's initial appeal to someone who lives, say, in British Columbia, would be zero. However, I've been impressed with this throwback garage band for a decade now and regardless of the circumstances surrounding the CD's creation good rock 'n roll is universal.

Listen to the ten cover songs guitarist and lead singer Cowen, bassist Charlie Neises, and drummer Ben Hahaj have recorded for this set without the quaint, provincial notion that it's just some local bar band playing the music of some other local bar band and you'll come away quite impressed.

With influences everywhere from the British Invasion to The Smithereens and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers the group's latest CD rocks from start to finish. There are no real ballads. Even the quieter songs have an edge to them.

The package's cover art is appealing too. The inside, front cover shows The Basics sitting around a bar with Thompson tending to their needs, reminiscent of Edward Hooper's 1942 painting, "Nighthawks." Because of how Thompson's life and career ended so suddenly and tragically a more relevant work and title may actually be Gottfried Helnwein's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" his satire of Hooper's painting.

Charlie Ricci

Doug Cowen & The Basics - Tommy's Place (2013)
On their fourth release, Tommy's Place, Doug Cowen & The Basics have shunned their own songwriting and recorded an album full of songs by a musician they admire, the late Tommy Thompson. Thompson, who was apparently a revered local legend in South Bend, Indiana came awfully close to hitting the big time but never quite made it. (Having never heard him play I'll just have to take Cowen's word for it).
The rocker, who was a close friend of The Basics' leader and briefly a member of the trio, died way too young of a heart attack at age 49.
It may seem odd to you that a band hardly anyone has heard play outside of their hometown recorded a tribute to someone who only earned a bit more traction than The Basics have because, on the surface, the album's initial appeal to someone who lives, say, in British Columbia, would be zero. However, I've been impressed with this throwback garage band for a decade now and regardless of the circumstances surrounding the CD's creation good rock 'n roll is universal.
Listen to the ten cover songs guitarist and lead singer Cowen, bassist Charlie Neises, and drummer Ben Hahaj have recorded for this set without the quaint, provincial notion that it's just some local bar band playing the music of some other local bar band and you'll come away quite impressed.

With influences everywhere from the British Invasion to The Smithereens and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers the group's latest CD rocks from start to finish. There are no real ballads. Even the quieter songs have an edge to them.
The package's cover art is appealing too. The inside, front cover shows The Basics sitting around a bar with Thompson tending to their needs, reminiscent of Edward Hooper's 1942 painting, "Nighthawks." Because of how Thompson's life and career ended so suddenly and tragically a more relevant work and title may actually be Gottfried Helnwein's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" his satire of Hooper's painting.
Review by Charlie Ricci (BLOGGERHYTHMS)
http://bloggerhythms.blogspot.com/2013/04/doug-cowen-basics-tommys-place-2013.html