“The only real validity of a writer is to communicate. Otherwise, why write?”
Tom Ghent sums up his motivation for writing in those few words. And communicate he does. In his recordings, or from the stage, Tom gets his point across, putting you in touch with feelings you may have forgotten you had.
A true “Yankee’s Rebel Son,” Ghent struck out from his Rhode Island home at age 15 to seek a musical career in New York, where he established himself as an integral part of the Greenwich Village folk scene of the 60s. It was there that he crafted his warm, intimate style of writing and performing. This laid a solid foundation for the rest of his career, as he has easily moved between folk, country and jazz; between small clubs and coffeehouses and major events such as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Big Sur Folk Festival, Monterey Pop Festival, Willie Nelson Picnic, and the Hollywood Bowl; between performer and writer.
As a writer, Tom has had his songs recorded by Kris Kristofferson, Mama Cass, Bobby Bare, Gene Watson, Rita Coolidge, Michael Settle, Nick Martin and a host of others. Nat Stuckey turned “Whiskey Whiskey” into a country chart hit, and Tom sang “Hey Ned,” the title song from the “Ned Kelly” soundtrack. When not out front, he has served as lead guitarist for singer/songwriter Mickey Newbury, and background vocalist on such hits as Joan Baez’ “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and Steve Goodman’s “City of New Orleans.”
Sutherland Records was founded in 1983 as a vehicle for Tom’s critically-acclaimed “All Strings Attached;” a pioneering move by a major label artist creating an indie label to insure creative control of his recorded music. In the early 21st century Tom reactivated Sutherland Records and began producing like-minded artists at his Casa Pacifica studio.
Ned Kelly soundtrack – “Hey Ned”
Tom Ghent – Tetragrammaton
Yankee’s Rebel Son – Kapp
All Strings Attached – Sutherland
He has just released a limited edition CD “Retroflect,” which revisits songs of his Greenwich Village days. Material consists of new recordings of Tom’s compositions as well as those of his Village friends. He is available for House concerts, coffeehouses and other venues, festivals, radio and TV appearances.