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On December 7th, 2019, L.A. based Singer-Songwriter Tom Waits turns 70 years old. The Roadhouse Series has decided to get an early start and in Tom Waits style stay late. To make an even bigger party, we've included a cast of Roadhouse thousands. The requests keep coming in from L.A. singer-songwriters who love Tom so much but we've finally printed up an official cast list although the show may go on for days! Be sure to ask Bob Stane about his days as owner of the Ice House in Pasadena when he auditioned and booked Tom Waits for his opening act for several shows.
Tom is an iconic figure in the singer-songwriter movement of the 70s who ran counter to the usual 'sensitive' artist so common to the times. Rather, Tom came on as if he'd stepped out of the pages of Jack Kerouac's On the Road. He is a little bit Dylan, a lot of Bukowski and mostly himself writing songs that have engrave themselves in the American consciousness through a legacy of albums, plays, films, and unforgettable stage performances. His albums from Closing Time & Heart of Saturday Night through Raindogs, Swordfishtrombones to the recent Bad as Me are inventive, wildly innovative and always engaging. He has maintained a career as a character actor appearing in films like Ironweed, Coffee & Cigarettes, and The Old Man and the Gun.
He's a songwriter's songwriter having been covered by Rod Stewart("Downtown Train"), Bruce Springsteen("Jersey Girl"), The Eagles("Old 55"), Bette Midler ("Martha" "Shiver Me Timbers") Patty Griffin ("Ruby's Arms") and Rosanne Cash ("Time").
Journalist Karen Schoemer of Newsweek stated that "to the postboomer generation, he's more Dylan than Dylan. His melting-pot approach to Americana, his brilliant narratives and his hardiness against commercial trends have made him the ultimate icon for the alternative-minded."
In 2011, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was included among the 2010 list of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers, as well as the 2015 Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time.
We owe a special thanks to Frito Lay for their support of Tom's career. A free bag of Fritos for the first 100 customers.
Our Roadhouse Series Cast-of-Thousands include Tom Waits' cousin Randy Miller, Pam Loe, Chad Watson, Owen Goldman, Neil Rosengarden, Al Bonhomme, Paul Zollo, Brooks Taylor, Robert Morgan Fisher, Scott Memmer, CoolHouse, Chris Elliott, Christopher Lockett, Emily Zuzik, Gary Stockdale, Pat Nason, Lorin Hart Trust, Judy Nazemetz, Joel Bennett, Karman Jeanne, Korey Simeone, Rick Bagby, Rj Chesney, Steve Bedau, Matt Bunsen, Donna Barnes-Roberts, and Robbie Mangiardi.