Blending alt-country with 1970s American muscle rock, Tom Gillam’s new release Never Look Back is the perfect follow up to 2005’s critically acclaimed release Shake My Hand. Gilliam’s knack for a strong hook and edgy
Never Look Back was almost the album that never was. During its recording, Tom Gillam suffered three heart attacks, nearly dying. After a brief recuperation period, Gilliam summoned his band, Tractor Pull, back to the studio to complete the recording of his fourth album.
Tractor Pull (Craig Simon on guitar; Tim McMaster on bass; Dave Latimer on drums; and producer Joe Carroll on acoustic and baritone guitars) are a strong compliment to Gillam’s songwriting, voice and slide guitar. The songs on Never Look Back flow effortlessly between straight-forward rock, moody ballads, and simple acoustic. Together, the eleven tracks are a strong collection of tales from years of past rock history which Gillam has lived.
The resulting lyrics are deeper than his other albums, while still entertaining emotionally. “Where Is Bobby Gentry,” a tune inspired by the’60s country pop songstress who penned “Ode To Billy Joe,” is sure to be a favorite, with a haunting string arrangement conducted by jazz pianist Dave Falciani.
The title track, one of two contributions from guitarist Craig Simon, is another standout, summing up the album’s theme with the appropriate lines “with no regrets, no debts to pay, there’s nothing standing in my way.” Never Look Back is an album that will delight Tom Gillam fans, and certainly earn him several new ones.
Never Look Back is now out on TreeHouse Productions.