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Short Stories

by Tom Kimmel

Call it what you like - contemporary folk/folk pop/folk soul - singer/songwriter Tom Kimmel's unforgettable songs have found their way to millions around the world via the recordings of Joe Cocker, Randy Travis, Linda Ronstadt, and Shawn Colvin.
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1. Nobody's Business
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2. Walk the Walk
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4:22 album only
3. Angels
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4:42 album only
4. If I Fell From Grace With You
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3:27 album only
5. Long, Long Way From Here
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4:15 album only
6. Tip of My Tongue
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3:30 album only
7. Can't Get You Out of My System
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4:56 album only
8. The Crying Ground
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9. Bigger Than Both of Us
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10. Poetic Justice
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11. On to Something
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12. Blue Highway
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13. Trip On Love
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14. That's What I Love About the Rain
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Album Notes
There are very few songwriters these days who can move from pop ballad to R&B groove to folk narrative, from country shuffle to rock rave-up to gospel soul without stumbling. Tom Kimmel can. And very few writers whose songs are routinely covered by major recording stars can hold their own recording and performing those songs. Tom Kimmel can, and does, and more. Since 1980, when his compositions were recorded by the Byrds' Roger McGuinn & Chris Hillman and the Band's Levon Helm, over 60 of his songs have appeared on major label releases by artists from Linda Ronstadt to Randy Travis, and in feature films (including Twins and Runaway Bride), television shows (including, yes, Captain Kangaroo, Miami Vice and Dawson's Creek) and made-for-TV movies. Recordings embodying his material have sold millions of copies around the world, achieving gold and platinum sales in Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, the UK, Canada and the USA by Joe Cocker, Johnny Cash, John Farnham, Shawn Colvin, the Stray Cats and many others.

Tom's peers and critics are plainspoken in their appreciation of his work. Irish songstress Maura O'Connell, who has recorded haunting versions of his songs The Blue Train and Poetic Justice, says, "Tom is an incredible songwriter... And he seems to be getting better as the years go on." Crow Johnson, former ZMN publisher, calls Tom a "singer's singer, writer's writer." And according to Michael McCall of Nashville's Scene, "Tom Kimmel's moody textured songwriting reaches into soulful realms that few Music Row pros enter."

After 2 critically praised major label pop/rock releases (in '87 and '90) Tom found his voice as a singer-songwriter while opening a world tour for Nanci Griffith. He began performing as a solo act, stressing a lean, acoustic-centered approach to his music and bringing an engaging, poignant and humorous spirit to his poetry and storytelling. His latest album Short Stories features guest performances by Emmylou Harris, The Fairfield Four, Gillian Welch, Jerry Douglas, Jim Horn and other friends and special artists.

An avid whitewater enthusiast, Tom recently kayaked in the remote Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and has paddled mountain rivers in Costa Rica, Nepal, Mexico and France. A graduate of the University of Alabama, he was born in Memphis, raised in rural south Alabama and is now a 20 year resident of Nashville. Along with his artistic endeavors he is a long time student of Siddha Yoga Meditation and is a Practitioner of Alaya Process, a spirit-centered therapy.


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David Rich

Simply awesome! One of my favorites CD's of all time.
Thanks Tom. Your songs are songs everyone can relate to. Short Stories is like a Tom Kimmel Greatest Hits!

Dan Clark

Short Stories
I liked "If I fell from Grace with You" and "That's what I lve about the Rain" the best. They will be handy come Valentines day!

Uwe Werner

I've known Tom's older works but never got to his songs after he left the main stream market. Just checked with CDBaby what he did afterwards and found this wonderful, relaxed, harmonic (just pick a few praising adjectives that you like - they'll fit *g*) album. Recognizing the different years he wrote those tracks it's some sort of time travel through the nineties. He switches moods, tempi and styles so easily but always on the light side, impressing with beautiful wordings and soft harmonies. A great record for the road, the verandah and the couch. Thanks Tom!!


Excellent CD; rates "repeat play" status on my CD playter
If you loved "Bones", you'll love this one, too. And if you don't have any Tom Kimmell, then this is the CD to start with. Infectious intelligent lyrics set to arresting music, this is singing/songwriting at its best.