Now Liverpool based, Tom Blackwell emerged from the folk clubs of South Manchester where he discovered the country, blues and gospel music that would become the foundations of his work.
Between 2010-2011 a succession of home recorded demo collections garnered somewhat of a cult following in Manchester and North Wales. In 2012 the Viper Label of Liverpool (The Stairs, Edgar Jones) released a compilation of these songs under the T.G. Elias moniker which Blackwell formerly performed under. The record received support from BBC Radio 2 and 6 music.
After a tumultuous start to 2014, Blackwell found himself embarking upon a 3 month pilgrimage across America. Armed only with his guitar and the clothes on his back, he travelled thousands of miles over rail, and Greyhound bus before ultimately reaching Nashville where a chance meeting with sound engineer Matt Wyman led to the recording of Tyrone The Gun. The album found critical acclaim and was one of Country Music People's albums of the year in 2015.
A prolific writer with a visceral and dynamic performance style, Blackwell is currently working on an archival project to document the dozens of songs that had nearly been lost along the way. The 'Memphis Tapes' will be released across 2018 and 2019 with 10 volumes in total mooted to be in the pipeline.
"Wonderful, heartfelt music" Bob Harris BBC Radio 2
"A talent as big as the sky" Colin Hall Rock 'n' Reel Magazine