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Tom Tom

by The Long Ryders

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A year ago our longtime bass player and dear friend Tom Stevens died. He was a terrific person, a devoted husband and father, and the best bass player of his generation in Los Angeles.

Wanting to do a song in his honour but, aware of Covid, the Long Ryders were forced to email sound files back-and-forth till we had something we all liked.

This song went from Greg in Los Angeles…the lyrics coming to him in a dream…to Stephen in Virginia, to Ed Stasium near San Diego and then to Sid in London, England. Despite us being in four different locations the Long Ryders feel they came up with something pretty special.


released January 21, 2022
“Tom Tom” by Stephen McCarthy/Sid Griffin/Greg Sowders/Edward Stasium
Published by Buffalo Haid Music (BMI) / A Koozy Tune (BMI)


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The Long Ryders Los Angeles, California

The Long Ryders founded alt-country with their 1984 album, Native Sons, and helped codify and popularise Americana throughout their career. Crossing Byrds/Buffalo Springfield electric guitars and harmonies with a Sex Pistols/Ramones rhythm section was their idea and their legacy. Their signature songs Looking For Lewis And Clark and I Had A Dream have never left the airwaves. ... more

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