Tom Ovans

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1990s 2000s


8 June 1953, Massachusetts, USA. After leaving high school, folk singer-songwriter and harmonica player Ovans headed to the west coast and then New York. Living on friends’ floors and in cheap hotel rooms, he was initially disillusioned by the fact that the Greenwich Village coffee house scene that birthed his hero Bob Dylan was dying on its feet. It was only when he moved to Nashville that he secured a recording contract, resulting in the release of Industrial Days in 1991 on his own NSR Recordings label. It prompted one reviewer to state that ‘... sometimes only a cliché will do, so - with apologies to all concerned - maybe Tom Ovans is the new Bob Dylan.’ Often backed by his wife, singer-songwriter Lou Ann Bardash, Ovans’ bleak portraits of his homeland have found greater favour in Europe where he has attracted praise for his fiercely independent stance and his refusal to kowtow to any passing musical trends. His sparse blues/folk...

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