Tom Gray (The Brains)
In 2008 the American Roots Music Association named Tom Gray Blues Songwriter of the Year. But Tom’s music ranges far beyond the blues. His songs have been recorded by Cyndi Lauper (several, including the hit “Money Changes Everything”), Manfred Mann, Carlene Carter, Bonnie Bramlett and many other artists.
Tom was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Virginia and Georgia, where he lives today. But home has always been the family farm in the North Carolina mountains where he spent summers as a child and which he and his siblings bought back in the 1980s.
About that time Tom picked up his first lap steel guitar. He hasn’t put it down yet. Originally a keyboard player, in the early 1980s Tom led a rock group, The Brains, that recorded two albums on Mercury Records and an EP on Landslide Records. Today Tom tours internationally with the award-winning blues-based band Delta Moon and performs as a solo artist. Delta Moon's latest album, Low Down, was named one of the best of 2015 by both Downbeat and Blues Music Magazine.
Tom’s other interests include family, vegetable gardening and aikido.