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Daily Inspiration: Meet Tom Foolery

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tom Foolery.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Tom Foolery the band started in December of 2019, but the music started way before then. I have played music since I was in elementary school starting on acoustic guitar. My mother told me I had to pick an instrument that was quieter than the drums. I learned slowly until I hit middle school and picked up the bass guitar. I joined a few high school bands while I was still just a middle schooler. High school sports soon got in the way of playing music, so I took a hiatus for a while.

After starting community college on the coast of Mississippi, I picked back up music to fill in my free time. I was going through a musical refresh in my life, so I was taking inspiration from all genres of music. I moved to Memphis in 2019 and decided it was time to buckle down and start creating and recording music. It was tough initially with COVID, but things are only looking up from here.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The road has not been smooth whatsoever. I don’t make a whole lot of money, so I do all of the recordings and producing myself, along with playing all of the instruments. I just want to do what I love, and I will make it happen no matter what my financial situation is.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a one-man indie rock band based out of midtown. I’m most proud of the fact that I do all of the music and recording myself. Most bands have 2 to 5 members to help come up with new ideas for songs, but in Tom Foolery, it’s all me.

What sets me apart from others is my work ethic, my ability to think outside of the box, and most of all my ability to connect with people. I want everyone in the Memphis music scene to come together and be one big family.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
Memphis has been my favorite place to live in. The food is far superior, the people are welcoming to everyone, and the grit and grind mentality fits me to a tee. My least favorite thing about Memphis is the drivers and roads… they’re both pretty bad, but I will put up with them every day to live in this beautiful city.

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Riley Navarre, Martin Cernas

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