Thomas Floyd Riggs, known internationally for his recordings on Path With A Heartbeat Records, is an original folk rock artist who writes, records and produces his original music. He is an independent artist with his own record label "Path With A Heartbeat Records." He originally started recording in the seventies and played bass in a rock band on the west coast. In those days, they had to buck up for studio time because recording analog equipment was just too expensive for them and time in the recording studio was expensive as well.
After moving to a very rural part of Indiana, it was difficult for him to find other original musicians, so he just focused on writing, recording and performing solo. A lot of his early recordings, As Tom said "a lot of my early recordings sucked" because it was a learning curve for him. He bought his equipment as he needed it. For example while trying to even out inconsistencies in a vocal track, he realized that he needed a compressor, so he bought one and now has four and still needs more.
Tom recorded "Angel" at his home studio about twelve years ago and played all the guitar parts, including the bass and vocals. At that time, he was fortunate to have a good friend, Indiana bluegrass Hall of Fame artist Bob Bentle, lay down the violin part, it was originally recorded on his eight track Yamaha, but after bumping up to an Adat 25 HD recorder, he moved his whole catalog to that format. The song originally had a harmonica lead, which is what he used when he performed solo, but recently he went back and removed the harmonica and added the lead guitar track and a backing guitar track, just bouncing around on the harmonics to give it a more worldly affect.
As evident by his last four albums on Path With A Heartbeat Records, his music can be hard rock or acoustic rock, it can have a country feel or be downright folk music but always original, entertaining and thought-provoking. Artists like Tom are why I enjoy Indie music so much. I have many artist submissions here at the Indie Ezine and a lot of great musicians, and it's so refreshing to find a musically talented Indie jewel like him. He is truly what Indie music is all about. In my thoughts, I can see him tuning his guitars in his studio and passionately perfecting each of his songs. He is true Indie music craftsman.