Hamell On Trial & Tom Stahl (solo)
Thursday 28th Mar, 2019
9th Ward at Babeville341 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, NY 14202
Hamell On Trial & Tom Stahl (solo) Buy Tickets
Thursday, March 28th
Tickets (GA Seated): $10 advance, $12 day of show at Ticketfly.com or the Babeville Box Office (M-F 11a-5p), or charge by phone 866-777-8932
7pm Doors, 8pm Show
Hamell On Trial
Ed Hamell picked up the guitar at age 7 and started writing songs not long after. In his early 20s, Mr. Hamell was the front man and writer for an original band, but local bands were a dime a dozen in the tough, working class neighborhoods in Syracuse, NY. So he launched a one-man act called “Hamell on Trial.”
Armed with his battered 1937 Gibson acoustic guitar, Mr. Hamell toured the country, then settled in Austin, Texas, where he found a receptive audience for his esoteric mix of songs and story telling. In 1995, Mercury Records signed him straight out of the SXSW Music Conference and released Big as Life and The Chord is Mightier than the Sword.
A few years later, and a move to Brooklyn, NY, brought Mr. Hamell and Ani DiFranco together. He signed with Righteous Babe Records and released Tough Love in 2003, followed by Songs for Parents Who Enjoy Drugs in 2006. Subsequently, he has toured extensively with Ms. DiFranco, and has collaborated with her on several songs.
Performing in and around the New York scene prompted Mr. Hamell to rediscover the roots of his hurricane-force musical style and authentic cutting edge world view. His response, The Terrorism of Everyday Life, is a one-man theatrical show which combines story telling, comedy and songs into a brilliantly outrageous theatrical event. Mr. Hamell explores family, politics, religion and death through his journey as a working musician, man of the street, and father of a young son.
Mr. Hamell was invited to perform at the 2007 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, where The Terrorism of Everyday Life earned five-star reviews in the Metro, Edinburgh Review, and Three Weeks, and was awarded the Festival’s prestigious Herald Angel Award, the highest honor the Festival gives to the most outstanding performance each year.
Find out more about Hamell at his official site https://www.hamellontrial.org/
The journey to the 2017 induction class into the Buffalo Music Hall Of Fame started back in 1994. In October of 1994 Tom Stahl had back surgery and that forced him to quit his truck-driving career. He had a degree in Communications, but had written a song or two, and with the support of his wife Mary Lou, he decided to continue in that direction. Tom picked up his guitar and turned to music. In early 1995 he went to an open mic at Nietzsche’s in Buffalo NY with four original songs. The organizer of the open mic, Michael Meldrum, asked Tom to come back and do a songwriter showcase in March 1995. In the Spring of that same year, he brought his best tunes out on a debut cassette entitled “I Wanna Be Ignorant”. Now there’s a CD bearing the same name, the same tunes and a generous helping of extra tracks to go with them. The ball started rolling from there. In 1996, Tom came out with his second CD, entitled “The Song Is The Thing”. Over the next three years, Tom released two more original CDs entitled “Hang On” and “Shut Up and Smell The Coffee” with the backing of his band [originally known as the Tom Stahl Band, now known as Tom Stahl And The Dangerfields]. In 2000 they collaborated on the 1st CD bearing that name. The CD was entitled “Nothing”, and was released in 2001. The songs from this CD were featured on the Food Network show, “Food Nation” with Bobby Flay. The band also made special cameo appearances on this show. In May 2002 they released, “At The Tralf” (as Tom so eloquently put it “just in time for Mother’s Day”), a set of live recordings from a December 2001 concert. In April 2003, the band released the 7th CD entitled, “Most Town”. The 8th CD followed in December 2006, “King Of The World”. Tom went back to his roots & recorded an Acoustic CD of some of his favorites along with some new songs in August of 2011. This CD became available for sale in early 2012. The 10th CD entitled “You Are Here, Be Here”, featuring the band was released in May 2014 followed by their 11th CD entitled “This World Right Here” with a release date of July 2016. Tom as a solo artist and with his band mates, has opened for such acts as Three Dog Night, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Loverboy, Joan Osborne, America, Don McLean, Poco, Sara Craig, Black 47, Moxy Fruvous, Tom Cochrane, David Wilcox, Dave Mason, Ron Hawkins [Lowest Of The Low], Artimus Pyle [the original drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd], Blues Legend Buddy Guy, Paul Revere And The Raiders, Leon Russell, Ellis Paul, Martin Sexton, John Sebastian [The Lovin’ Spoonful], Vance Gilbert and Loudon Wainwright III. The Dangerfields have been labeled as R&B, folk, rock, pop, rockabilly, and country. Their sound has been described as a cross between The Eagles, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & the Barenaked Ladies. We call it “Dangerfield-esque”. What everyone DOES agree upon is that this is some of the best songwriting you are likely to hear east of Eden.More Information Facebook Event Find Prepaid Parking