Tom Pacheco Timeline (Biography/Discography)

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2008- Railroad Rainbows & Talkin Blues

I have written tales inspired with my love for this country and it's atypical characters that make us cry out for change, while respecting the lives already lived. I was lucky to be able to record this album with my brother Paul, who plays bass and lead guitar. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I have recording it.

2005 - Rebel Spring

This is an album that speaks for our times and I believe it's the most focused album I've ever made. Many Woodstock musicians contributed to the project including the fabled and mysterious vocal group, "The Resistance", who appear on the last track, "Not In My Name". "Rebel Spring" was recorded at Jim Weider's studio in Woodstock, New York. It was mixed and mastered at Rob Frazza's studio in Bearsville, New York. Jim Weider produced it (Jim formerly played lead guitar for "The Band", replacing Robbie Robertson in 1984). Rob Frazza is Tod Rundgren's sound and video engineer.

2004 - The Long Walk

Tom's Norwegian band consisting of Tom, Lars Ivar Borg, Freddy Holm, Glenn-Vidar Solheim, and Fredrik Viklund, released their debut album on Playground Music Scandinavia, all songs written by Tom.

Year of the Big Wind (Bare Bones III)

Jim Weider produced and performed instrumental tracks on Tom's newest album Year of the Big Wind (Bare Bones III), recorded at Moonhaw Studios in Woodstock and released by Frog's Claw Recordings.

2002 - There Was a Time

Tom recorded the album There Was a Time for Appleseed Recordings. Produced by Scott Petito in Catskill, NY, the album includes a brand-new version of "The Indian Prayer" and banjo tracks by Pete Seeger.

2000 - Nobodies

Norwegian label Norske Gram released the album Nobodies, the latest collaboration between Tom and Steinar Albrigtsen.. It was co-produced by Tom, Steinar, and engineer Scott Petito in Levon Helm’s Woodstock studio.

Times Like These

Rick Danko’s posthumously released album Times Like These featured two songs by Tom, “People of Conscience” and “You Can Go Home”.

1999 - The Lost American Songwriter (Bare Bones II)

Road Goes On Forever Records released Tom’s album The Lost American Songwriter (Bare Bones II), which Tom recorded in Woodstock with producer Jim Weider, lead guitarist for The Band. This album included the song “If I Should Fail”, co-written with Rick Danko.

1998 - Bare Bones and Barbed Wire

UK-based Road Goes On Forever Records released Tom’s album Bare Bones and Barbed Wire, a collection of 34 songs recorded “unplugged” in a Dublin studio between 11:00 p.m. and dawn one night in August 1997 by Tom and producer Pete Holidai (of the legendary Irish ‘70s punk group Radiators from Space).

1997 - Woodstock Winter

Tom’s album Woodstock Winter was released in the U.S. by Mercury and in Norway by PolyGram. This album, recorded at Levon Helm’s studio in Woodstock, featured performances by members of The Band, including Levon Helm and Rick Danko. It was produced by guitarist Jim Weider.

After ten years in Ireland, Tom returned to the U.S. to settle again in Woodstock.

1995 - Bluefields

Steinar Albrigtsen and Sverre E. Henriksen produced Tom’s Bluefields album, released on Norway’s Fjording label.

1994 - Luck of Angels

Tom signed a recording contract with Sonet, the Scandinavian branch of PolyGram Records, which released his album Luck of Angels. All the songs on this album were co-produced by Tom and Jay Vern in Nashville except for “Robert and Ramona”, which Tom recorded in Oslo with producer Svein Gunderson. Steinar Albrigtsen contributed background vocals and acoustic guitar.

1993 - Big Storm Comin’

Tom and Steinar Albrigtsen recorded their first duet album, Big Storm Comin’, in Oslo, Norway, with producer Sverre Erik Henriksen for Round Tower Records and Norsk Plateproduksjon.

1992 - Tales from the Red Lake

Tom recorded his third Round Tower Records album, Tales from the Red Lake, in Nashville with co-producer Paul Speer. In addition to numerous top Nashville studio musicians, this album featured harmony vocals, harmonica, and Norwegian mouth harp tracks by Norwegian country star Steinar Albrigtsen.

1992 - Bound to Wander

Steinar’s 1992 album, Bound to Wander, featured four songs by Tom.

1991 - Sunflowers and Scarecrows

Round Tower Records released Tom’s album Sunflowers and Scarecrows, produced by Kenny Denton at Sonet Studio in London. The album also features accordion tracks by Cajun star Flaco Jimenez recorded in Austin, Texas.

1989 - Eagle in the Rain

Dublin-based Ringsend Road Music Group (Round Tower Records) released Tom’s first European album, Eagle in the Rain, produced by Irish folk legend Arty McGlynn.

1987 -

At the invitation of a friend, Tom left Nashville for what was originally intended to be a six-week tour in Ireland but ended up stretching out to a ten-year stay. Settling in Dublin, Tom used Ireland as a base while touring all over Europe.

1986 -

Tom moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he recorded more than 100 song demos. He continued to write prolifically, averaging more than 50 new songs per year.

1985 -

The Hellhounds recorded an album, 85 Tides, which was never released.

1983 -

Tom returned to Woodstock and reunited The Hellhounds there.

1981 -

Tom moved to Austin, Texas, where he formed a new band, also called The Hellhounds, which was enthusiastically received by local audiences.

1978 -

Tom moved to Woodstock, New York, where he continued to write songs and also earned extra money by selling original paintings. He formed the band The Hellhounds, which performed in clubs throughout the area.

1976 - Swallowed Up in the Great American Heartland and The Outsider

RCA Records released two Tom Pacheco albums: Swallowed Up in the Great American Heartland and The Outsider, both produced by George “Shadow” Morton. A re-release of Swallowed Up in the Great American Heartland is currently available in Japan from BMG Music (

1974 - Dragonfly

Jefferson Starship recorded Tom’s song “All Fly Away” on their Dragonfly album.

Mixed Bag II

Richie Havens recorded the song “Indian Prayer”, co-written by Tom and Roland Vargas Mousaa, for Richie’s Mixed Bag II album.

1971 - Pacheco and Alexander

Tom and former Euphoria member Sharon Alexander released the album Pacheco and Alexander on CBS Records. This album was produced by John Hall and featured backing from the Full Tilt Boogie Band.

1969 - Euphoria

Euphoria, a band consisting of Tom and three other folk singers, released the album Euphoria on Heritage Records.

1965 - Turn Away From The Storm

At age 19, Tom released his first solo album: Turn Away From The Storm, a collection of all-original folk songs. He left Massachusetts to study at Hofstra University in New York City, where he formed the band The Ragamuffins, which supported Jimi Hendrix on a number of occasions and also released two singles on Seville and London Records.

1956 -

Tom began playing guitar at age 10, studying both Flamenco and classical styles.

1946 -

Tom was born November 4 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Tom’s father, Tony Pacheco, was a jazz guitarist who played with Django Reinhardt as well as solo in the clubs of Europe before returning to the U.S. to raise a family and open a music store, where he also taught guitar.

Tom has performed with the following artists over the years:

The Band
The Full Tilt Boggie Band
John Simon
Doug Kershaw
Juice Newton
Flaco Jimenez
Steve Bruton
Pete Seeger
Thomas Jefferson Kaye
John Hartford
John Sebastian
Chris Ethridge
James Burton
Red Phodes
Jim Keltner
Byron Berline
Gail Davies
Kenny Edwards
Andrew Gold
Jay Unger
Happy Traum
Bill Payne
John Hall