Joseph Osborne Music has announced the release of Tom Monahan's new
studio EP titled Could It BeYou which was made available on November 21, 2014 on ITUNES. Tom and his co-writer brother Mike have earned respect from there peers and a far-flung, passionately-devoted fan-base.
Could It Be You, described by Tom's brother Mike as “Songs that dig deep into mine and Tom's past and brings out the worst and best of times maybe even a little dark”. Could It Be You is the brothers first real attempt at alternative country with dark Americana. The EP's backing cast varies with different musicians at sessions separated by weeks of time, the two constant is Tom's disarmingly warm, inviting voice and Mike's brilliant lyrical melancholy, the album contains observations on spirituality, love and the ever present hope that the beauty of life can overcome the world’s harshness.
"The songs on Could It Be You are all about life, love, death, loss, justice, faith, doubt, family and friendship. The usual stuff," said Mike. "Mortality has been an issue on my mind ever since the loss of Tom's wife and most recently my own wife and soul mate Mitzi to cancer, that weighed on me for 4 years and there's been a lot of convincing to get my brother Tom on board but in the end I thought he enjoyed it as much as I did and we really captured the true essence of each song and it takes you to the very heart of the matter, even though it could have been a
full blown album we thought this would be a good start”.
Mike has not only written all the songs on Could It Be You for the first time, he sings, plays guitar and has produced it with his brother Tom. The project originally launched in Mike's home studio and written at the cabin in Utah, where he recorded the basic tracks direct-to-digital (for the first time ever) and then Flying to the UK to record Tom's vocal delivery and guitar in his studio whilst Tom finished performing two dates in Dublin, Ireland. It resulted in capturing a seamless alternative country, folk, Americana with old time balladry, delving into the singers and songwriter's recurring themes of the challenges, pitfalls and rewards of marriage and family pitted against grimmer, outward-looking explorations of such crushing loss, relationships and lifestyle and a blind, headlong surrender to modernization at all costs.
Tom‟s performances, whether solo or within a band is as honest as his lyrics and music, you can‟t help but believe each word sung and even harder to resist is when you are drawn into beautifully crafted lyrics, guaranteed to melt both your heart and your soul. His passionate delivery and charmingly engaging, between-song banter compels you to fall under his spell. He commands the stage with ease and communicates his urban parables to a
dedicated and growing following. Tom and Mike Monahan has the potential to be one of the most engaging of the current crop of singer/songwriters, with a sound that is worthy of anyone‟s attention. He is currently planning performances at venues throughout UK and USA, with a tour planned later in the Spring of 2015.