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Tom Caufield grew up in suburban Michigan, listening to the exhilarating eclectic broadcasts of the golden age of AM Radio. He took naturally to guitar and piano, and after playing in a number of high school dance bands, met Chris Arduser, and together they formed a band which brought Tom greater recognition. This momentum was interrupted when Tom’s family made the decision to move to North Carolina; Tom initially stayed behind, but eventually joined them in Winston-Salem, where he became immersed in the classic singer-songwriters of the 70’s, especially Jackson Browne and Joni Mitchell. Tom & Chris were eventually asked to join Ohio’s fabled Raisin Band, and this group toured the South and Midwest for two years. After leaving the band, Tom lived in New York City for a year, but failing to make a musical connection, he returned to Ohio to attend college. Back home, he developed his basic signature sound, a mix of the jangly, uplifting hooky pop of the ‘60’s overlaid with the lyrical depth and introspection of the 70’s singer-songwriter movement. In 1986, he submitted a recording of his song ‘Long After Summer’ to the campus radio station, who were soliciting entries into the CMJ Top Ten Unsigned Artists contest. Tom’s song was chosen as one of the Top 10, and was released later that year on an Epic Records compilation. Soon after, his college band recorded some demos, which found their way to Marty Scott of Passport Records, who signed Tom to a deal. “Long Distance Calling,” Tom’s debut album, recorded at the Sunset Sound Factory in Los Angeles, and produced by Howard Benson, was released in November, 1987. The albums lead-off single ‘Precious Town,’ did well in many mid-size radio markets, but ultimately did not break through to the mainstream. Luckily for Tom, Benson’s wife Monica had begun representing artists and songs as a publisher, and she signed Tom, which led to a continuing 20+ year relationship, and many of Tom’s songs appearing in television programs such as ‘Friday Night Lights,’ ‘The Black Donnelly’s, ‘Felicity,’ and others. He also began life as an independent artist after the end of his deal with Passport, and after trying Nashville, then finally relocating permanently to Los Angeles, has self -released a number of CDs, most of them solo, but also three discs, under the name ‘Caufield,’ which feature Tom’s songs sang in duet with female vocalists Maureen Doherty & Yasmin Tanriverdi. Currently (as of 2010) he has been performing regularly with his band, Tom Caufield & The Calling, who plan to record and release their debut album early in 2011.

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