Sings Heart Songs

by Tom Armstrong

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(from the original liner notes)

In popular usage, a heart song is one that is fundamentally sentimental, more often than not with a touch of sadness about it. A song of sadness need not be depressing. Sung with warmth and depth, a heart song can become an enjoyable release of pent-up emotions that might otherwise go unexpressed.

As s singer, Tom Armstrong is uniquely qualified to offer these Heart Songs to you, the listener, for his life is much the samein so many ways as the life you and I lead. All twelve selections are his own compositions, and he wrote them from both his own experiences and those of the people close to him. It is this sincerity that, in addition to his natural talent and distinctive vocal style, gives his performances such special meanin and impact.

This album is not a Sump Pump Records release, but we want to do what we can to help promote it. We are selling this on their behalf, all proceeds go to the band

Released by Carswell Records 101 Mateo, SF, CA 94131


released January 1, 1999

Tom Armstrong-singing, guitars
John Walter-upright bass
Steve Cornell-pedal & lap steel guitars
Les James-snare drum
Doug Adams-fiddle

Recorded & Mixed by Joe Goldring at Pigshead, SF
Mastered by Tom Mallon
Cover photo by Eliot Rockett
Design by Madeleine Budnick & Tom Armstrong

All songs written by Tom Armstrong copyright 1999



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