Tom Ciurczak

I'm a native New Yorker now living in Los Angeles.  Along with a million other young kids growing up in the 60's, I was bitten by the music bug on Feb 9, 1964 when the Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.  I've been writing music ever since.  My influences include everything from A-Z in rock, especially Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle, Peter Gabriel, Pete Townshend and of course, like so many others, the Beatles.  I've always been intrigued by the art of story telling through songs.  Being a New Yorker I guess I'm drawn to offbeat and colorful characters, so I like to include them in my songs. In my new CD they range from stalkers, smugglers and outlaws to liars, losers and thieves.  I enjoy putting them in unusual situations to engage the listener and then I often add a lyrical third act twist, to provide an element of surprise.  

I grew up in a musical environment, where my father was a professional musician for the Military Academy Band at West Point New York. Throughout the day the entire neighborhood, which we referred to as “The Band Quarters”, was constantly filled with  amazing sounds from all kinds of  instruments and a variety of musical styles . At the age of 12, I  started writing songs and soon after began performing with various rock and roll bands in the Mid-Hudson Valley area of New York. I relocated to the West Coast in my early twenties. But after spending several years, frequenting the local club scene as a solo acoustic performer, I decided to put the guitar aside to raise a family and pursue a career in Lighting.  

In 2014 after attending Steve Earle’s songwriter’s retreat in Upstate NY,  I was bitten by the bug once more. While there, I met many talented “up and coming” singer-songwriters that inspired me to write and perform again.  

This all culminated in my  2020  album, "Call me Ishmael".  I'm very proud of it.  I like to think I created a new  rock genre with the title track "Ishmael"  which I refer to as “Outlaw Country Prog”.  I hope you give it a listen.