Tom Heinl has lived and travelled all over Eugene, Oregon and is a graduate of Roosevelt Jr. High school. His hobbies include Pinto Squires, getting drunk at IHOP, putting out burning Christmas trees with tube socks, making
"poor man's Bloody Marys" (beer and ketchup) and dressing up dogs in men's underwear. It's all chronicled here in his latest Cd "With or Without Me" from Leisure King Records. Here's a couple of reviews:
"Heinl sounds like some unholy combination of Buck Owens and Tom Waits, or maybe the reincarnation of Dick Curless loaded on bennies and laughing gas. Everything about this album is a hoot." ---Harp Magazine
"This Oregonian takes his thrift-store Tom T. Hall routine to the next honorably hokey level: you get the whole album twice, once with lead vocals and once in karaoke mode. Most of it's pure B comedy--with titles like "Peein' in an Empty"--but the opener, "Mama," could really make you cry if
you were drunk enough."
"Tom Heinl might be the best country-novelty songwriter of the past 10 years. He has a polished, hardwood-paneling baritone that makes you think of George Jones and Buck Owens and beige slacks, not to mention a backing band
who pull off an imitation of the late-'60s/early-'70s countrypolitan sound that's as indistinguishable from the originals as the house bands at Desco and Daptone are to the same era's funk. Heinl combines down-home surrealism
and classicism like a cross between Tom Waits and Tom T. Hall, and he's drop-dead funny, too, in that distinctly country, laughing-to-keep-from-crying kinda way."
---The Boston Pheonix