BioThe worlds of indie rock iconoclast John Vanderslice and alt-country godfather Alejandro Escovedo rarely intersect, but in Tom Heyman, they most certainly do. The San Francisco singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has toured and recorded with artists of most every stripe, from Vanderslice and Escovedo to his current gigs with celebrated Americana artist Chuck Prophet and the narcotic country band The Court and Spark, to past collaborations with Okkervil River, David Dondero, Paula Frazier and more.
On Deliver Me, Heyman's second solo release following his 2001 record Boarding House Rules, he is joined by an equally eclectic cast of confidants. Wilco's John Stirratt, American Music Club's Mark Eitzel, the Mother Hips' Tim Bluhm, Prophet and Virgil Shaw all contribute.
Heyman started playing and recording in the late 1980’s with the Philadelphia based band Go To Blazes. He wrote songs, played guitar, and the band released 5 full-length records and toured the US and Europe extensively before breaking up in 1997. Heyman did a brief stint with the critically acclaimed Philly band Marah before relocating to San Francisco in 1998. Once in San Francisco, Heyman began working as a sideman on the local scene, while discovering his voice as a solo artist and bandleader. While he often works in a band context, he primarily considers himself a folksinger whose job is to tell stories that draw the listener in to his world.