“This business of music is populated with characters of every variety that humanity has to offer. The rule seems to be ‘the more topsy-turvy the character, the more interesting and valid the artist.’ In the bohemian cast of troubadours popularly known as Texas Music (Yes, the Lone Star State has its own brand…you’ve never heard of “Connecticut Music“, have you?) there exists the usual and varying degrees of talent and relevance. Tom McElvain, when we’re speaking of the current wave of the North Texas region, represents the higher order of that rank-and-file.”
-Jeff Hobson, Outlaw Magazine
Tom McElvain, born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas, grew up listening to country, blues and honky tonk. Born of Irish decent, Tom’s musical influences can be traced back to his Grandma Lucille and Uncle Keith McElvain…but we suspect
the seed was planted by much earlier generations.
Tom’s mother, Brenda, fought a lifelong battle with addiction, leaving Tom’s father to raise him and his sister. Looking back, Tom’s father had done a fine job raising the kids, and was by all accounts a dedicated father, but young Tom saw it differently. He ended up striking out on his own his senior year of high school … click to read more