Tommy Drinkard teaches us to pursue our dreams with “Baton Rouge”

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Upbeat and totally inspiring!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Hi Tommy, welcome to LA Music Review! Tell us a little bit about you and your music.

My motivation for music is to add positive energy into the world.

I remember how it made me feel watching musicians doing their thing when I was a kid and how it made me want to do it myself. I hope to provide the same kind of inspiration to people and provide people a good time. I play a lot of gigs every weekend. I play anywhere from casinos, bars, venues, and recently performed at Katy Perry’s New years party. One thing all the gigs have in common is people coming up and thanking us for adding a good energy to social events and gatherings.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Congrats on the release! What was your inspiration when you were writing this project?

It started way back. I stopped drinking and was considering quitting music. Then I got re-bit with the bug to pursue music full time after I started busking.

Released March 15, 2023. I was starting to take courses at a community college, working tutoring/teaching jobs, yardwork, and whatever I could find to make money. Then I met a bluegrass band called Water Tower that busked for morning rush hour traffic in LA. I started joining them and actually made pretty comparable money to what I was doing at the time. I was hooked instantly.

I ended up learning how to play banjo in the process…

quit my other jobs, and dropped out of college. 4 years later, I still havent drank. The busking led to online streaming during the pandemic. coming out of the pandemic I started booking gigs with my band, and things progressed. I now make all my income from playing shows, with residencies around LA, as well as private parties, weddings, and randomly enough Katy Perry’s New Years eve party. I love what I do currently, but I am now starting to make more of an effort to release original music that I enjoy recording myself.

What lessons would you like to impart with your audience?

I had a lot of insecurities and resentments that had built up over time. Once I stopped focusing in on myself and taking life so seriously it became easier to stop.

My drinking started when I was about 13. I was drinking and smoking weed from a young age. I was a bit rebellious as a kid, hung out with a lot of other similar kids. I was part of a hard partying skater crowd. I would mainly do it with friends on the weekend at first. Over the years I developed a habit of getting drunk alone. By the time I was in my early 20s it was starting to scare me and after a couple years of trying to quit I finally put everything on hold and focused on quitting by attending AA meetings and reading some other books on the subject.

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