With a malleability and tone concocted from the melting pot of improvisational rock, Dr. Tom’s Alchemy blends a range of musical styles and influences, including southern rock, bluegrass, funk, swing, and folk. With a tip of the hat to the lingering leads of the late Michael Houser (Widespread Panic), a nod to the creative looping of Keller Williams, a love for the beauty, honesty and power of Glen Hansard's songwriting, and aspirations to the hard-hitting social justice lyrics of Michael Franti, Dan Bern, Bob Dylan, and the Guthries, Dr. Tom strives for a groove with songwriting that brings up the grass by its roots. He uses a custom Boice Box pedal board with looping pedal for live overdubs, a voice at times melodic and sometimes nearly growling, a 1937 Gibson L7 archtop guitar, harmony vocals, percussion, and didgeridoo.
Following up from his 2009 sociopolitical album "New Deal," in 2013 Dr. Tom Archie releases "Speak Plainly" - thirteen songs of love, honesty, and naked truth that invite introspection and remind us to 'speak plainly' when taking the time to speak at all. The title track "Speak Plainly" was inspired by a group of four women in hospice care who died at one-month intervals in the spring and early summer of 2009. Their power and grace moved him to reflect on the emotionally healing honesty that often arises in relationships when mortality approaches.
From "Small People" (BP's Board Chairman's post-Deep Water Horizon disaster comments about his concern for the 'small people' got Dr. Tom thinking about the ridiculous characterization of 'small people') to "Medical Bankruptcy" (as a family physician, Dr. Tom has witnessed too many stories like this one) to "Harder Everyday" (a nod to old North Carolina friends Purple Schoolbus) to "Take Me" (a heartwarming ballad to a sleeping child in the backseat of a cross-country drive), the album "Speak Plainly" is the latest expression by this poly-instrumentalist Americana songwriter who grew up listening to Dylan and Guthrie, found his musical soul in the Southern jamband rock of North Carolina where he also went to medical school, and later landed and planted roots in the mountains of Hailey, Idaho.
Dr. Tom invites you to his website www.DrTomsAlchemy.com.