Nine Questions with Tom Catmull

Name: Tom Catmull

Birthplace: Atlanta, GA

Currently residing: Missoula, MT

Musical past and present in one rambling run-on sentence: I grew up in Southeast TX, listening to and learning the songs of Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Lyle Lovett and now I can’t seem to stop writing, recording and performing my own brand of folk, country, pop and “what have you” by my lonesome, in little groovy combos and with a full four piece machine of pain and destruction because, quite frankly, it is still worth the fallout, I tell you!


1. Who are some of your favourite composers, musicians and bands from the past and present?

Tom Waits
Rhett Miller
The Shins
Townes Van Zandt
John Hiatt
The Avett Brothers

2. Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?

“If I had a bullet, I’d put in this gun.  I’d catch that old dog nappin’. I’d shoot him before he runs.  Cause he ain’t much good for nothin’, except staring at the dust.  Lord, I wonder what he’s looking at, sneakin’ up on us.”

John Hiatt Dust on a Country Road

3. How would you describe your perfect day?

tough question.
HUGE excessive breakfast with my two boys.
time enough after for songwriting and guitar.
Ski the early afternoon.
play an early show, preferably a listening room/theater.
walk away from someone else’s sound equipment and go have a beer with good friends while listening to musicians who are better than me rock a club and all its inhabitants.

4. What would your friends say they appreciate the most about you?

humility, I think.  Not to brag, but I am the most humble son of a bitch in this blessed country!  Honestly though, i don’t think there’s anything one person can do that someone else cannot do better.  And I also think that is what makes everything awesome!

5. What is your most valued material possession?

This is totally boring, but I’m going with my guitar.  I’m not including health, family and mental faculties, anything like that as material possessions.  My guitar allows me the freedom to write and sing and play.  It’s important, dangit!

6. Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?

Tom Waits, in a dark alley.

7. If you could blink your eyes and be in a favourite place right now, where would that place be?

Paradise Valley on a Saturday morning between a weekend of shows at Chico Hot Springs having a long breakfast with friends.

8. Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?

EVERYTHING! I would like to write more(music and whatever). Learn to paint. Travel! I miss travelling (out of the country that is). I would like to understand a lot of basic scientific principles a little better than I currently do.

9. Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?

I would like to be allowed to do more of the things I love and less of the things I don’t. I only really want “success” as much as it affords me more time to spend with family and friends, more time to write and record, and less time self-promoting and hauling/running sound equipment.  It’s the same with any job, I suppose. But I LOVE learning about different things, people and places(this is starting to sound like an internet dating ad). I want more of that, dangit!  I have no big 10 year business plan.  More shows, more songs, better money, less bogus gigs, more golden venues and golden shows, I tell you!  World domination through Americana,…the usual.

Time: Friday February 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm

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