Catch "Tom as Garth" at Florida Festivals and Events Association tradeshow performing an unplugged, strolling showcase on Tuesday Aug 9 at 7pm at the lounge area and booth 419. Also, at IAFE trade show in Las Vegas in November.
- Twenty-eight years
- 5,500 performances in 12 states and Canada
- Two Nashville produced country albums featuring some of the best songwriters and production in the business .....
Why "Tom as Garth" ? For 25 years, folks have told me I look and entertain much like Garth. I'd often thought of doing a Garth tribute show, but only in passing. I've been playing 250-300 dates per year since 1989 in a lucrative situation, and there was no need or desire to change career direction. After this 28 years of hard "work," I've set the table to allow extensive travelling to entertain nationally at fairs and festivals. The huge return of Garth Brooks music and touring led me to look into creating the specialty act in addition to my own country format of album songs and radio hits. For research, I traveled to several states to concerts, to watch and video Garth in action. This process is just as integral as having a resemblance and the talent... and people, let me tell you, if you haven't been to a Garth Brooks concert, you are missing out. I've never seen 20,000 people treat 30 songs as though every one of them was their personal favorite. It's been all the inspiration I need to become the finest and most in demand Garth tribute in the nation.
One man, one guitar, and LOWER COST Garth Brooks' four year residency show in Las Vegas plus much of his current concert show is just him with his guitar- and it is spectacularly beautiful in its interaction and intimacy. Being that I've been a single act for my whole career, it is actually my preferred format. "Tom as Garth" - acoustic format, it's just my Takamine Garth Brooks Signature Series guitar, the Garth Brooks designed Crown CM311a wireless headset microphone, an audience of fellow singers, and me. No loops, no tracks, no vocal harmony machines. In these days of increasingly tight budgets, booking a capable high end single act that can entertain large crowds or small crowds can save an event thousands of dollars, without sacrificing quality ......
In performing "Tom as Garth"- is also available in what I term the "GarthTrax" format. I've been creating backing tracks and drum parts since my first gigs of 1988 and consider myself one of the best at doing so. You won't hear fade out karaoke tracks or midi instruments that, as good as they can be, sound like..... computer instruments. The tracks are created or licensed by me, and edited to resemble the concert versions of Garth's songs. The Garth Trax format is a great option for a less formal atmosphere where the use of tracks can generate the excitement of a band. Please refer to the video page to audition video of both the acoustic and the tracks formats. A typical set list- "Two Of A Kind", "If Tomorrow Never Comes", "Much Too Young (to feel this damn old)", "The Dance" , "Friends In Low Places", "Thunder Rolls", "Rodeo", "Papa Loved Mama", "Beaches Of Cheyenne", "Two Pina Coladas", "To Make You Feel My Love", "Calling Baton Rouge", "Ain't Goin' Down 'til The Sun Comes Up", "The River", "That Summer", "Standing Outside The Fire", "More Than A Memory", "Shameless", "Wrapped Up In You", "Unanswered Prayers" and the most recent and loved "Mom" (which Garth presented acoustically on many TV programs as he readied for his latest tour. Don't be misled by the word intimate, though, as he uses his dynamic style, boundless energy, and uncanny resemblance to Garth to put forth a performance that even Garth would approve of. Whether on the grounds, big stage, small stage, side stage, entertainment tent or wherever, Tom Davis brings along his 5000 gigs worth of experience to lend superior support to your event.
Accessories include the Stetson style cowboy hat, the western long sleeve shirts (Mo Betta/Scully styles and the simpler solids and plaids that the current Garth Brooks wears), denim black or blue jeans, the belt buckles, the cowboy boots, and even the black and gold Phiten titanium rope necklace.... "Tom as Garth" plays well as a feature, or as a warmup to another show, with a standard set of 60 minutes (up to 90 minutes as a feature. Selections include Brooks' biggest hits and most well known songs, (90 minute show includes a few of Garth's personal favorites that he performs in concert. Some selections are done acoustically, as Garth does in concert, to facilitate crowd interaction, etc. "Tom as Garth" is a self contained act (with P.A. and lights) for smaller staging areas or even as a strolling show - A long-time proven entertainer who brings it on with any sized crowd - and can give you a highly regarded act for less money than a full band.