Dear Mr. LeMaitre
Thank you for your email of October 15, 2012, and for sharing the song "A Soldier's Life" as performed by Tommy Gilham and The Chill Billys.Their generous support of the Military Families Resource Centres is very much appreciated.
I was truly impressed with the idea of soliciting lyrics for the second verse of the song from Canadian Forces members, veterans, and military family members.I'm sure Ms. harmony Parent was delighted when her verse was chosen as the winning submission.
Again, thank you for writing. I wish you ongoing success in your music and your life.
Minister of National Defence
TOMMY GILHAM & THE CHILL BILLYS: NEWS
Tommy Gilham to showcase at Canada Music Week
Tommy has had the honour to be chosen to showcase his talents on March 11, 2010 during Canada Music Week. He will be performing at Mitzi's Sister - 1554 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario - doors open at 8 p.m. Come by and hear some outstanding new material. We'll be spending a few days in and around CMW headquarters - the Royal York Hotel. Please contact us for more information.
author: The Moe
Inspired Performances all around bring a well written but almost TOO common theme to life so completely that even a first generation Skynyrd/Country Rock fan is remembering fun times I hadn't thought about in years (OK... Decades would be more accurate but theres really no need for me to get so personal...) Gravel Road is just plain fun and it is going to make everyone who hears it remember good times they've had and want more of the same. The whole truth is I'm working on my 50 something-th summer and nearly all of the new music I hear sounds like old music with the life drained out of it,but there's something special about this record. I believe that anyone who can still imagine saying "Hey Ya'll, Watch This" will want to make "Gravel Road" this summer's theme song ~ with my only concern being whether they get to hear it. It's a shame this song wasn't out earlier in the season(like mid May - early June) BUT~ it still has ALL of the ingredients to catch the rest of this summer on fire. With just a little bit of exposure, Gravel Road can be one of those rare "Summer of ____" Anthem songs that make everyday last a little longer and be a lot more fun. So get you some! Even if Gravel Road has to travel one by one with friends playing it for friends for awhile, I think Tommy Gilham has provided the soundtrack for the kind of parties that are fun to think of for years and years... These kind of records are too rare to risk wasting so this old guy is going to urge you one more time to get you some of this fun. Turn it up loud down by the river or out on the lake or in some parking lot full of friends and then either watch while the stories that get retold and remembered unfold OR jump in the middle of it and make memories happen.
Country Music News -
Dancin' In The Flames
at # 50 cancountry
Homestead Records - RDRCD10519
Produced by: Tommy Gilham and Paul Farrow
(13 Selections - Playing Time 49:26)
Angels Leaving Birmingham / Dancin' In The Flames / Been Here All The Time / If She Only Knew / Red White and Blue / Love Lingers On / Sometimes You Win / Out Run Love / Freedom / Someone To Love / Nascar Disease / Left For A Livin' / Gravel Road
Tommy Gilham's story is opposite to most. Typically it's the Canuck guy headin' to Nashville to find success... for Gilham, born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, he headed north... to Wiarton, Ontario where he now makes his home. On the way here, Tommy Gilham did make his mark in music in Nashville, as a songwriter, and touring with such notables as The Charlie Daniels Band, Montgomery Gentry, Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt, etc. It must have been his time working with Travis Tritt that rubbed off best on Gilham, as his vocal delivery on this debut album often comes close to what you would hear from Travis Tritt.
Tommy Gilham also shows some solid songwriting talents writing or co-writing all of the songs featured on Dancin' In The Flames, including several tunes with Dave Gibson (of the now defunct Gibson Miller Band).
Some of the highlight moments here include the title track tune Dancin' In The Flames (the Travis Tritt comparison is especially noticeable on this track); the touchy love song If She Only Knew, and the hard-drivin' energy-filled Out Run Love.
Two singles have already been pulled from the package with some solid airplay given recently to Gravel Road, and the current hard-edge message song Freedom likely to create an even greater impact.
Tommy Gilham has also enjoyed some success on the NASCAR racing scene, penning the anthemic Nascar Disease, another of the featured tunes here.
For the record six of the tunes on Dancin' In The Flames were previously included on Tommy Gilham's 2002 Born To Run album released on the indie Greyhorse Records label in Nashville.
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