Tom Burris is one of those performers known to a small, but loyal base of fans across the US. He began performing in Boston open mikes in the early 90s. Two songs at a time, he convinced enough people that his full set would be worth seeing that he sold out his first show in Cambridge, MA. With a partner who played a stripped-down drum kit, Tom formed an indie folk band called “Jabbering Trout.” Together, they won the Boston Acoustic Underground competition and a wider public began to take notice.
The attention opened the doors to other clubs — and then to touring. Tom earned his following by playing well-crafted, eclectic songs in high-energy shows, night after night with his drummer. In time, their reputation grew. They became a headline act in a number of US cities, including their home base, Boston, where they routinely packed clubs with 500 and more people on a weekend night. Straddling the line between folk and indie rock, they played as comfortably in living room “House” concerts as they did opening for Ani Difranco, Ellis Paul, Dar Williams, Trout Fishing in America, Jeff Buckley, Dave Matthews Band, Aerosmith and far too many others to mention in top folk and rock clubs across the US.
After seven years and two albums, Tom moved from Boston back to his native New York City and started playing under his own name. Shows with a new combo (upright bass and drums) soon attracted the attention of John Alagia — the multi-Grammy nominated producer of John Mayer, etc. — who signed Tom to a production contract which resulted in a third album in 2000. Soon thereafter, Tom was signed to Tomato Records — a New York based label — by the same man who signed Townes Van Zandt. Tomato re-released the album under the title “For Sale”.
As the 2000s progressed, other aspects of life nudged to the fore. Tom got married, had two great children, lived and worked in India for three years, then returned to the Boston area. In that period, Tom continued to perform occasionally solo and with a band. He wrote a musical, had some songs placed in independent movies, collaborated with other songwriters. One collaboration yielded a song that went to #1 in Denmark and charted in many European countries.
Kids grown, Tom is back to his life-long love: writing and performing songs.