By Ellen Winter
Tommy Marsh Crooked Eye Tommy grew up in Porterville Ca. At a young age a guitar fell into his hands, and there was no stopping him. From a musical family – dad playing guitar, mom a very accomplished pianist, and with his siblings all playing music, Tommy was destined to follow in their musical footsteps.
. Like so many artists, singers, songwriters, painters or actors, who had a muse drive them to greatness. Tommy Marsh has one too. Tommy met Tammy Mosby at a gig in 2009, and found his muse.
After moving to Ventura County in 2009, Tommy and his brother, Paddy, formed Crooked Eye Tommy, a soulful blues band, with both brothers writing, singing and playing together. Crooked Eye Tommy is a 5 time Ventura County Music Awards winner in the Best Blues category, and Tommy also winning one in the Best Male category. Not bad considering the VMCA’s have only been in existence for 7 years.
Through self-promotion, hard work and the right connections, Crooked Eye Tommy has had the opportunity to work clubs all over the West Coast including Ventura, Santa Barbara, Oregon and the Bay Area. They also have worked at The Legendary Canyon Clubs in Agoura Hills and Pasadena.
In 2019 they performed over 100 shows. The list of people they have played with is also impressive – The Outlaws, Marshall Tucker, Coco Montoya, Robert Cray, to name a few. A concert with Aaron Neville and Crooked Eye Tommy is scheduled for September 10th at the Canyon Club.
In 2014 & 2019 Crooked Eyed Tommy competed in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, reaching the semifinals and in 2020 they reached the finals at the Orpheum Theater. This event brings over 230 artists from 16 countries across the globe to Beale street to compete. The very best Blues artists from places like Japan, Croatia, Poland, Germany, The Uk and Australia all journey to Memphis each year for this unbelievable event sponsored by The Blues Foundation. Not just a small-town band anymore. I believe it is a band filled with and work, dedication, and a sweet love story
On August 21, 2020, their 9 song album, Hot Coffee and Pain, will drop. Tammy Mosby, Charlie McClure and Tommy Marsh produced the new record.. Presales will start July 10th and are sure to be a hot commodity.
The band would like to thank all of their fans for their ongoing support. Nothing we have accomplished could have happened without that support. They would especially like to thank Mr. Dan Grimm, a dear friend and Americana artist from Ojai and Sound engineer Jason Mariani Owner at Carbonite Sound for their Amazing work on the band’s first album, Butterflies and Snakes, and the new album Hot Coffee & Pain both recorded at Carbonite Ojai. Gandalf Lives. We are also grateful to Blue Heart Records & Blind Raccoon PR services for believing in us.