Following a tradition of guitarists reimagining themselves in the switch from electric guitar bands to solo acoustic work, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Thom Donovan views this as rediscovery – not reinvention. In his childhood years, he sat isolated in his bedroom studying classical guitar for hours. Today, equally isolating hours expire inside his home studio parked in front of a laptop.
“Timekeeper” is Donovan’s 5th studio album as a solo artist. He was inspired to write this record after performing at John Prine’s music festival with Ruby Amanfu in the Dominican Republic in November 2019. The album was recorded primarily during lockdown.
The music is not purist folk and embraces modernism. Lyrically, the songs explore the complexities of looking back. The goal is not nostalgia but the hopefulness of moving on.
In the early 2000s, Donovan fronted the indie rock band, Lapush, a band he formed with his brother, Stephen, in his hometown—St. Louis, MO. In 2012, two years after relocating to Nashville, he formed Rossi, an electronic duo with Kendall Morgan.
Donovan has performed globally, supporting an eclectic group of artists, including Robert Plant, Brandi Carlile, John Prine, Nine Inch Nails, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, and Social Distortion, among others.
“Timekeeper” was released June 18, 2021, and is available at all major streaming services.