“Thought provoking music in an age of glib imitation.”
"A phenomenal talent."
- Michael McDonald
"Wicked Indie rock."
- Brett Lanier (Barr Brothers)
"A different kettle of gravy."
- Willy Tea Taylor
“The downright truth about Alexander is that he is an expression of rebellion in a society that is trapped within institutional conformities and down-the-road retirement plans. Filled with an introspective and strikingly truthful style of songwriting, his music can be downright mind-bending -- especially for those of us who have grown used to Pandora's corporate jukebox and the cultural clichés that run with it.”
- Huffington Post
Tommy & co. have been fortunate to share the stage with amazing song makers like: Michael McDonald, Mac Demarco, Big Thief, Adrianne Lenker, Willy Tea Taylor, SUSTO, Buck Meek, Milo, Spirit Family Reunion, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Twain, People Under The Stairs, Whiskerman, The Harmed Brothers, & Taylor Kingman
In 2009, Alexander traveled to the Northeast United States, landing in Vermont with $85 and his acoustic guitar. After settling in Burlington, Vermont, Tommy founded a non-profit artist collective: Jenke Arts. Jenke quickly became a staple of the underground Vermont art scene and quickly grew into a community center, recording studio, and even boasted an after school program to teach inner city youth basic recording and videography.
By 2014, Jenke was hosting over 100 donation-based classes a month and a handful of shows, many of which Alexander recorded for release as a steady stream of tapes, CDs and digital downloads. He spent much of his time recording traveling bands who did not have a demo to their name. Finding outside funding and allowing these bands to record demos for free helped them book shows and grow.
Alexander kept himself very busy running the studio as well as fronting his own musical endeavors: Quiet Lion, Agent Slacker, and Set Up City. By 2014, Quiet Lion had done some regional touring including one extensive tour that took them as far West as Chicago. At this point, Alexander realized his love for being a touring act. In 2015, It became clear to Tommy that it was time to leave the Queen City and the NE & relocate to Portland, OR where he could focus solely on writing and touring.
After a year of solo touring, which included a 65-show national tour and multiple west coast runs, Alexander's music found its way to legendary songsmith Michael Mcdonald. Mcdonald invited him to open a couple shows that year. Tommy decided it was time to make a record. After 3 full lengths, two EPs under other band names and countless of recordings for other artists, Alexander made a record for himself, calling it Old News. Alexander recalls hoping the record would be a step towards forming a band. "The hope was that the album would help me figure out how to put a rock band together." Old News, was engineered by Mike Coykendall (M. Ward, Blitzen Trapper, She and Him, Bright Eyes) and features guest appearances by Robert Burger (Iron and Wine), Jay Cobb Anderson (Fruition) and Buddy Weeks (Sallie Ford). Old News combines groovy rock beats with traditional folk influences, mixing modern sounds with meaningful messages. Tommy's sound has been described as unique and hard to pinpoint. Praised as infectious, the music is palatable, powerful, and honest.