Tommy John Ehman
Tommy John Ehman
|Vocalist / Songwriter||306.734.7651|
GenresAlt-Country, Country, Adult contemporary, AAA
LocationRegina Saskatchewan Canada
Sounds LikeBlue Rodeo, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Wayon jennings
Digital Locationhttp://www.tommyjohnehman.com musicpage.com/tommyjohnehman
HistoryMember since: 01/21/2014 Year Founded: 1990
- Original material: 05 hrs : 00 min
- Cover material: 02 hrs : 00 min
- CDs released: 5
- CDs sold: 4000
- Digital songs sold: 50
- Original Songs: 150
- Average Draw: 125
- Largest crowd: 250
- Have sound: Full PA
Tommy John Ehman – sunsets, new horizons and the lines in between
"Tommy John Ehman is a passionate - pedal to the metal - type of performer who gives his all from note one to the end of the night. His love of country and his tales of the good people who live in it shine in exceptionally well-crafted songs”
Mark Schmidt - Assistant Entertainment Buyer, Casino Regina, Regina, SK Canada
“I see the world as a canvas of stories and events that shape our lives and make us who we are, and that’s the inspiration that makes me want to, or have to, write songs.”
Songwriting has always come easy to Tommy John Ehman and that songwriting has formed the basis for what has become a long and fulfilling career of writing, performing and traveling for this Saskatchewan based and “wear-it-on-his-sleeve”, recording artist.
It’s been a slow and steady rise from humble beginnings to where we find TJE now, here in 2014. With 5 studio albums to his credit, 8 charted singles on Canadian country radio, a trail of live shows stretching across western Canada and a computer chip full of new songs that are almost ready to be woven in a brand new album release, TJE is excited and looking forward to new challenges in 2014 and beyond.
One Step Back – sunsets…
Tommy’s passion for his country and the soldiers who keep us safe and protected was the inspiration for his 4th studio album, “Wheels of Life.” Released in 2008, this highly successful effort saw 4 songs released to Canadian country radio each of which charted and received airplay across the country. The catchy and patriotic track about the love for his country, Canada called “Stand Up For Your Country” reached as high as number 60 on the CanCon country music charts and was well-received by music directors from coast to coast. The record was produced by Brad Prosko at B-Rad studio in Regina, SK and boasted Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band bass player Garry Tallent on bass guitar!
The musical journey that we referred to really began in 1996 with the release of Tommy’s first recording titled “Wasted Nights,” a 10 song collection of country rock tracks from his early, but growing song book. Then again in 2002 a new CD “To The Wall” was released and as with the first record Tommy and his band Idle Rains toured in support of the release. 2005 brought his third disc, a heart-felt, passionate acoustic tribute to Saskatchewan and Canadian farm families he called “Like Father; Like Son.” “Having grown up on a farm in rural Saskatchewan, it was my dream for a number of years to write a record about the men and women who work the land and produce the food that we eat. I’m extremely proud of this album and really just wanted to say thanks to the farmers, and I think we did that!”
Tommy has been “behind the mic” for many years and has really come into his own as a performer and entertainer. His high energy, passionate and “no one goes home unhappy” mantra, has earned the respect of audiences wherever the road may take him and his guitar.
From the International Farm Equipment Show in Toronto, ON, to festival and club shows throughout SK and Western Canada to opening slots with Doc Walker (twice) and Aaron Pritchett, to performing on the ifactor show at Lake Joe near Muskoka, ON in support of fundraising and awareness for the CNIB, TJE and his band have taken their music to the people and the people have always answered with a rousing show of approval!
“Turn On The Radio” - new horizons…
The newest recording project titled “Turn On The Radio” was produced by Brian Joseph Dobbs who grew up in Regina, SK but works out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Having spent time working with Canadain producer Bob Rock he brought a wealth of experience to the project.
The album produced 4 radio singles, all of which charted on Canadian country radio with “Moments in Time” breaking into the top 100 climbing as high as #85 on the Mediabase top 100 chart, which is quite an accomplishment for an independent artist!
“As with all my records, it’s an exciting process to watch my songs grow and come alive before our eyes. Brian (Dobbs) has really done an amazing job with these songs and I’m excited to get them out there. I know I always say it but I really do think this is my best record yet!!”
“Life”- the lines in between…
Each day of our lives brings new challenges that we have to face, head on, and with conviction to overcome the adversity and get set for another day. Everyone faces those challenges in their own way and for Tommy that’s his music.
Songwriting and performing are his therapy. “Sometimes it, (life), can be overwhelming and sometimes it can be exhilarating but in each there is a song and for me that’s the key. If my song can make someone laugh, cry, reflect or to just help get through their day, then I’ve accomplished what I set out to do!”
In late 2005 Tommy was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition called retinitis pigmentosis, (RP) which with time will lead to partial or near blindness. As of now there is no known cure for RP and although debilitating it hasn’t stopped him from pursuing his musical dreams. With a team of dedicated musicians and friends Tommy is able to continue to write, record and perform his music.
Somewhere a stage is calling, somewhere a song is just begging to be written and somewhere a road is stretching out endlessly over the horizon, and that’s where you’ll find…Tommy John Ehman!