The Tom McElvain of today is a culmination of 20 years of bars and road joints mixed with songwriting cliches, bad life choices, regret, and heartache. Co-writing the songs "Grey" and "Rock and Roll" with Cody Jinks, his sustaining vocals about stories of life, redemption, and survival leaves the listener with an intimate memory of his life experiences.
Country mixed with Rock and Roll Blues best describes Tom’s Americana sound. He is currently writing with other artists and soon to be releasing a book, collaborating music video, and a prequel album "Drifter" leading up to to his newest project "Lady In Red" . With his album "Empty Bottle", "Redemption" and 2 other EP's in his portfolio , Tom is striving to tell his story his way in hopes that it will help listeners in similar circumstances find the courage to love, fight, and heal.
Tom McElvain was born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas. As a boy he knew he was interested in music but seemed to be discouraged to follow that interest at every turn. Many times he put more effort in being the stable day-in day-out provider he thought his family wanted. Later he found the freedom of the road but Tom never lost his love to write music and perform.
In 2000 Tom decided the music life was what he was meant for. He was fortunate enough to have Ray Wylie Hubbard take him under his wing and since then his prowess has grown. Other songwriters he has written and performed with include Cody Jinks, Jamie Richards, Robbie White, Blacktop Gypsy, Ronny Spears, Mark David Manders, and many other music friends.
Over the years the hard constant lie of drinking and drugs got the best of him. But Tom cleaned up and started all over. His wife of 10 years soon became the perfect influence to keep him on the straight and narrow.
The hit "Whiskey Angel" released in 2012 was a turning point in his career along with "Favorite Beer", both doing well on the Texas radio charts at the same time. These were followed by a release of acoustic songs in June 2015 and another full album in September 2015.
With an extensive play list he can read and readily adapt his performances to fit any venue and crowd, and easily keep the dance floor full with a variety of Country, Honky Tonk, Blues and is now pulling out a 60's/70's feel.
He keeps his calendar full with acoustic appearances and solo shows during the week. If you are close, please catch one of his performances. You won't be disappointed.