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709 Washington Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701

Bill Toms & Hard Rain

January 12, 2018  ·  Friday * 9pm * $10


“Bill Toms is a poet, a soul-shouter and guitar slinger with one foot in the gutter and an eye on the heavens above. And man, does he front a great rock n’ soul band!” – Will Kimbrough

The creative compulsion to write songs that stir emotion, challenge the mind, and move the tail feathers of the audience is undeniably unique in music today. His performances have become legendary in sheer power and passion. Rock and roll, soul, blues, and gospel so deep the earth moves, and the walls begin shakin’ as Bill Toms and his band start the train rollin. American music never sounded so good.

He joined Pittsburgh’s legendary band, Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers, as lead guitarist in 1987. The band’s meteoric rise into the professional music scene enabled Bill to tour the United States and Europe repeatedly. While with Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers he opened for and played with a long and impressive list of notables, such as The Band, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Little Feat and Stevie Ray Vaughn. During his 20 years of playing guitar, co-writing, and singing back-up vocals for the Houserockers, Toms recorded six studio albums and one live concert album. In 1995, the acclaimed CD, “American Babylon,” was recorded and produced by Bruce Springsteen.

Bill Toms’ solo performances have taken him all over the United States and Europe. In addition to his previous seven studio CD’s, one “Live” CD, and single EP, his latest record, the Will Kimbrough produced, “Deep In The Shadows” was released to international critical acclaim in 2015

Upcoming projects also include:

2017 CD Release
2017 The Joyce and Bill Toms Annual Thanksgiving Benefit Concert
2017US tour solo and with his band
2017 US & European Dates


With Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers:
“Rock and Real” – Rounder Records, 1989
“Swimming with the Sharks” – Rounder Records, 1991
“End of the Century” – Razor and Tie, 1992
“American Babylon”- Razor and Tie, 1995
“Coming Home” – Big Star, 1997
“Down the Road Apiece, Live” – Schoolhouse Records, 1999
“True Companion” – Schoolhouse Records, 2003

With Bill Toms and Hard Rain:
“Paradise Avenue” – Schoolhouse Records, 1997
“My Own Eyes” – Moondog Records, 1999
“This Old World” – Moondog/Schoolhouse Records, 2001
“The West End Kid” – Moondog Records, 2005
“Spirits, Chaos, and a Troubadour Soul’ – AmeriSon Records, 2008
“Live at Moondogs: Another Moonlight Mystery” – AmeriSon Records, 2009
“Memphis” – Terraplane Records, 2011
“Deep In The Shadows” -Terraplane Records 2015

Bill Toms Solo:
“One Lonesome Moment” – Out of the Rain Records, 2002

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