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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Deeper Dish with Tom Goss

Tom Goss has been playing the guitar ever since his mother bought him one as a high school graduation present, and soon thereafter he began writing his own songs. In 2006, he released his self-produced debut album of acoustic rock, Naked Without, followed by his second CD, Rise, in 2008 - and his first music video, which reached #2 on LOGO's video countdown. Last year Tom released his third album, Back To Love, and the lead single, "Till The End", received over 10,000 YouTube hits in three days and quickly became an anthem for the marriage equality movement. And when he isn't performing all over the country, the busy young man still finds time to work for Charlie's Place, an organization dedicated to helping the homeless in Washington, DC (where he's lived since 2004). And, finally, in case you're wondering, the openly gay 28-year-old is happily engaged to his partner of four years (sorry, guys). I couldn't be more delighted to have the talented Tom Goss here on the Dish to discuss his career and answer a few pop culture questions.

Let's begin with Back To Love. What was your inspiration for the CD?
As I was writing songs and putting together a collection that seemed to work, I realized that all the songs that were speaking to me at the time dealt with love. This is not just romantic love but also love between friends and family, loss of love and longing for love. It really got me thinking about what I care about - it's not surprising that love is on the top of that list.

What is your favorite song on the album?
That's a tough question. I love the bigness of "Back To Arkansas" and "Sometimes We Fall", I love the simplicity of "Legacy Of You", and I love the speed and flow of "Tumblin' Down The Mountainside". I'm very proud of Back To Love - it is without a doubt my best work. There are so many things that I love throughout the album, it's hard to make that decision.

What was the very first song you ever wrote?
Hahaha, it was a song called "Under the Covers". I could probably still play it if I could find the words.

What is the most memorable moment you have had while performing?
I once showed up to a performance where a drunk college student was trying to get a man in a wheelchair to walk - grabbing his knees and shaking him from side to side. He kept screaming at him to walk like he was a preacher. It was crazy! After a couple of minutes of this, I told him (from behind the microphone) that if he didn't stop then I was going to kick his ass. Needless to say, it was a memorable night.

You grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and you now live in Washington, DC. In three words, how would you describe each place?
Kenosha - Fried Cheese Curds!
DC - Snow (OK, right now I'm biased), Sweetie, Friends

Since you were a wrestler from junior high through college, do you ever still get the desire to pin someone?
Sometimes I miss the physical nature and competitiveness of wrestling, but I don't really have the aggression that I used to have anymore. I play indoor soccer and kickball and that fuels some of my competitive spirit. I'd love to wrestle or play rugby - something a little more physical - but at this point, it would be a bad decision if I broke a finger. So I have to settle for less physical sports.

In high school I was:
An athlete.

My favorite comfort food is:
Mac and Cheese.

The last good book I read was:
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss - yeah, I'm a sap.

When I was growing up, I never missed a television episode of:
I didn't watch much TV - I was mostly playing outside.

Today I never miss a television episode of:
I'm watching The Bad Girls Club marathon right now! It's such a train wreck, I can't turn away. Mostly I watch Law & Order.

The very first record album that I purchased with my own money was:
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony's E 1999 Eternal. I played "Tha Crossroads" in Baltimore last Friday.

If I was stranded on a desert island for a year, I would want to listen to:
Hmmm, right now it would be Sonya Kitchell, Dave Matthews Band, Ben Folds, Damien Rice and David Gray.

Three of my favorite movies are:
I don't really like movies. I have a hard time suspending disbelief and staying put for two hours. That being said, somehow I always get suckered into watching The Shawshank Redemption. Ooh, and I liked Crash as well.

If I was asked to choose the Sexiest Man Alive (besides my partner), it would be:
OK, you have no idea how lame I am. I can't think of a celebrity that I find very sexy and people would know - but I like beards, so that would go a long way to being the Sexiest Man Alive.

If I could have anyone in the world - living or dead - be a guest at my dinner party, I would invite the following three people:
Sarah Palin, Flannery O'Connor and Dave Matthews. This would be a very strange dinner party. Imagine the awkwardness.

What's next for Tom Goss?
I'm releasing a marriage equality EP as well as a live DVD/CD in April. I'm very excited. I'm already halfway through booking my big spring tour as well. 50+ cities in two months. I'm going to be everywhere. I'm excited to be back on the road again.

Thank you, Tom, for getting Deeper with us here on the Dish. To learn more about Tom Goss and his upcoming tour - and purchase his CDs - check out his official website at (to get some free downloads of his music, click here). You can also become a Facebook fan of his, follow him on Twitter, and watch more videos on his YouTube Channel. And if you live in or around Chicago, Tom will be performing at the Underground Lounge (952 W. Newport Ave.) on Friday, April 16, at 8 pm.


Thom Davis said...

Tom Goss has a beautiful voice matched only by his GORGEOUS baby blues! :-)

RAD said...

Well this TOM GOSS fella is quite a QT! Will have to check out his music 4 sure now! I am sure I have seen him on Logo....time to revisit his music...

Dan said...

OMG, I was going to send you a note to see if you knew about Tom and suggust you cover him. Great minds think alike, and yes Tom is amazing and super sweet guy. I am glad to know him and his music.