Tom Mullen Releases 2nd Solo CD, Unfamiliar Ground

Includes Global Music Awards Bronze Medal Winners

“You Were Right, Mr. Spock” and “Not in Love!”

Tom Mullen continues to grow as a singer/songwriter. His latest solo effort, Unfamiliar Ground, features five new, original songs covering a range of styles, including alternative, modern rock, rockabilly, and power pop.

 

Tom Mullen Wins 2nd Bronze Medal in Global Music Awards

The Global Music Awards announced its latest winners on Friday and Buffalo, N.Y. native Tom Mullen’s upcoming CD, Unfamiliar Ground,  yielded a 2nd Bronze Medal. This time it was the upbeat, power pop “Not in Love” that captured the honors. Mullen previously won Bronze for “You Were Right, Mr. Spock,” off the same CD.

“Established in 2011, the Global Music Awards is a well-known international music competition which celebrates independent musicians. Global Music Awards is widely recognized by industry insiders as giving legitimacy to highly talented artists. ‘Global Music Awards is recognized as music’s golden seal of approval,” says the official website for the awards.

“That’s an old tune I wrote when much younger and not in a band at the time,” said Mullen. “So, it never got recorded. It always reminded me of something Paul McCartney might have written during the Beatles’ heyday, around the time of Rubber Soul or Beatles for Sale, maybe. So, when I decided to resurrect it and couldn’t remember all the original lyrics, I worked in some references to Sir Macca and the Fabs. See if you can find them.”

Mullen sings lead vocals and plays acoustic guitar on “Not in Love.” He is joined by Gregg Deinhart (bass) of the Alexandria, Va. band Nowhere Men, Dan Komanski (drums) of The Skeptics, Doug Yeomans (lead guitar) of the Twang Gang and Steve Macdonald (background vocals) of Cock Robin. The track was recorded at Loft Studio in Cheektowaga, N.Y. and produced by Jim Sommer, also a member of Cock Robin.

Tom Mullen has been making music for over 30 years.  During the 1990’s, he was lead singer, guitarist, and principle songwriter for The Skeptics, an alternative power pop band that enjoyed regional acclaim and CMJ charting.  Tom has opened shows for national acts The Tubes and 10,000 Maniacs and appeared twice on A.M. Buffalo with The Skeptics, as well as Nickel City Scene.  He released his 2nd solo CD, Unfamiliar Ground, in 2017. More info can be found at www.skepticsongs.com.

Tom is originally a native of Buffalo, NY and graduate of Canisius College.  He earned a Master’s Degree in English from Buffalo State College.

Tom Mullen Wins Bronze Medal in Global Music Awards

Buffalo, NY native Tom Mullen won a Bronze Medal in the Global Music Awards for the song, “You Were Right, Mr. Spock,” off his second solo CD, Unfamiliar Ground. The track has been heard on over 150 radio stations and has been a staple of Mullen’s live performances since he penned the single in 2014.

The song is an upbeat blend of alternative folk rock and power pop, featuring Mullen on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Doug Yeomans on lead guitar, Steve Macdonald of Cock Robin on backing vocals, Tim O’Connell of Eden on drums and Mark Buckley of The Skeptics on bass. The lyrics protest man’s tendency to allow passion to overcome his reason in societal matters, including war, making use of the popular Star Trek character and his frequent commentary on the 1960s-era television show.

“I probably made him a bit more libertarian than he really was, ” says Mullen, “although I don’t think it was too far a stretch.”

Unfamiliar Ground was recorded at Loft Studio in Cheektowaga, N.Y. and produced by Jim Sommer, also of Cock Robin. It is Mullen’s 2nd solo CD. He released his first, A Glimpse of the Ether, in 2007. Mullen also has two releases as lead singer and principle songwriter of The Skeptics, Be Satisfied (1994) and Reloaded (2013). Links to all releases can be found on the Skepticsongs website at www.skepticsongs.com.

Mullen is the author of two books, A Return to Common Sense: Reawakening Liberty in the Inhabitants of America and Where Do Conservatives and Liberals Come From? And What Ever Happened to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness? He has also ghostwritten two New York Times Best Sellers, reaching #1 and #3 on the list, respectively. More information on Mullen’s writing can be found at www.tommullen.net.