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Tom Rhodes, Bourbon Therapy

For the last six years, Tom Rhodes has been making quite a name for himself in the Americana scene. His award-winning music is as real and honest as it gets.

His distinctive voice, road-worn and raspy from years of honing his craft, and inviting guitar work that cleverly masks its complexity, form a warm and welcoming home for his heartfelt and inspiring lyrics. Having played shows across the U.S. and Europe throughout his career, Tom has steadily built a diehard fan base that has seen him through the release of five independent albums: Tom Rhodes (2004), No Apologies (2006), Better Son (2010), With or Without (2014), and Who You Were (2016). Fans have followed him from small bars in the D.C. area to venues such as the Walnut Creek Amphitheater in North Carolina, the Paramount Theater in Oakland, CA, and Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. As of 2018, his music has been licensed and used on network and cable TV shows, feature length movies, and commercials across all platforms. Geographical influences are unavoidable, when you’ve spent as much time in and around some of America’s greatest musical heartlands. Born in Houston, Texas, he moved to the Washington, D.C. area before heading off to places like Memphis, New Orleans, New York City, and even the Caribbean – each place leaving indelible marks on his eclectic songwriting and performing style. In 2011, he moved to Oakland, CA (where he currently resides), while working on new material and following some of his other passions, including illustration and videography.

Bourbon Therapy was born out of Aaron Skiles's realization that the best therapy may just be music...and bourbon doesn't hurt either. After picking up the bass as a freshman at the United States Military Academy, West Point, Aaron bounced around in various rock bands from Seattle to Baltimore to New York to San Francisco. With over 20 years of experience as "just the bass player," Aaron decided to step out on his own.

Bourbon Therapy is based in Oakland, California. They are an indie rock/alt-country band fronted by the husband and wife duo of Aaron and Rebecca Skiles. Their style of upbeat music combined with downtrodden lyrics is reminiscent of the mid-90's Counting Crows or Soul Asylum, combined with the modern The Head and The Heart or Silversun Pickups. By mixing big guitars with piano, strings and even an occasional harmonica, their sound ranges from heavy riff-laden songs to expressive ballads, providing a dynamic range of anthemic tunes.

Bourbon Therapy's latest album, Hymnals and Hangovers, is an expansive progression from their debut, self-titled album. Highlighting the beautiful vocals of Rebecca Skiles and featuring multi-part harmonies, upbeat instrumentation, and catchy choruses, the album crosses several genres (Americana, 90's Rock, Folk Rock, Indie Rock and more) to deliver an emotional, catchy ride from start to finish.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

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