Despite receiving critical acclaim throughout his forty year career, widespread fame still eludes Woodstock based Tom Pacheco here in America. Outside of the U.S. it is a different story. His music is well known and appreciated from the United Kingdom to Japan. Maverick Magazine, one of the UK’s leading independent music magazines, views Tom Pacheco as part of a progression of American folk music greats:
“In many ways [Tom’s] is a voice crying in the wilderness, just as Guthrie’s was back in the time of the great depression, and Seeger’s was in the fifties – and Dylan’s was, when he gave voice to those unable to express their own fears and frustrations in the early sixties. In many ways, Tom Pacheco is continuing that great tradition . . .”
Tom Pacheco has been called a “quintessentially American songwriter” by Dirty Linen Magazine. And Hugh Gregory of Folk Roots states “Tom Pacheco deserves to be mentioned in the same tones of reverence as John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and Steve Earl . . . Tom Pacheco is one of the most impressive singer/songwriters of our times.”
When Pete Seeger celebrated his ninetieth birthday at Madison Square Garden, Tom was there to sing for him, and in 2008 then presidential candidate Barack Obama personally asked Tom Pacheco to perform at his campaign rallies. While his commentary is often pointed and always incisive, Tom can’t be buttonholed as a protest singer. His songs run the full spectrum of life, each one its own vivid portrait, and his work has been recorded by top artists ranging from Jefferson Starship to Richie Havens to The Band.
Tom Pacheco is nearing completion of a new album, partially produced here and partially in Norway, which he promises contains some of the most controversial songs he has yet recorded. He plans to unveil some of them at the old Phoenicia train station during his Labor Day weekend concerts. His shows in Phoenicia tend to sell out. Be sure to RSVP early.