Photo by Jennifer Boxley

In 2008 the American Roots Music Association named Tom Gray Blues Songwriter of the Year, but his music ranges far beyond the blues. Tom’s songs have been recorded by Cyndi Lauper (several in fact, including the hit “Money Changes Everything”), Manfred Mann, Carlene Carter, Bonnie Bramlett and many others.

When Tom was growing up in Arlington, Virginia, there were two musical instruments in his family’s home — a piano and clarinet. He learned to play them both but still wasn’t satisfied. In the 1980s Tom led and played synthesizer in a rock group called The Brains, recording two critically acclaimed albums on Mercury and an EP on Landslide Records. It was in Nashville in the late 1980s that Tom picked up his first lap steel guitar, and he hasn’t put it down yet. Today Tom performs as a solo artist and tours internationally with the award-winning blues-based band Delta Moon.