Tommy Womack is one of the wackiest, most manic songwriters to ever pass through Nashville. He’s probably somewhere on a par with guys like Phil Lee, only Lee doesn’t publish books, blog incessantly, or ruminate on the mind’s inner tickings to the point of insanity (our man Womack seems to have spent much time with his shrink).
As a writer, Womack's The Cheese Chronicles has become something of a cult item. His current book, just published, The Lavender Boys and Elsie, is billed by its publisher as such: “A book of collected Civil War letters from Albert and Elsie Deveraux. He likes men. She likes killing. Read of romance, bloodlust and the real reason for Pickett’s Charge.”
The real reason behind Womack’s literary genius may be that he worked at Bookstop in Nashville 15 years ago with the Press’ own John Nova Lomax.
As a musician, Womack is one of those undergrounders with a resume a mile long, beginning with a seven-year stint in Southeastern wacko band Government Cheese, who issued such classic titles as 1985’s Things Are More Like They Are Now Than They’ve Ever Been Before and 1989’s Three Chords/No Waiting.
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Since leaving the band the Biscuits in 1995, Womack has released six albums of his own, including last year’s critically acclaimed There, I Said It, which chronicles a rock and roller coming to grips with the fact that he’s never going to be a rock star. Womack also plays in Todd Snider's road band on occassion.
"A Nice Day With Tommy Womack"
Womack also dabbles in what for lack of a better word might be called Tommy Womack reality TV via YouTube. It’s wacky, zany, weird, sad and, as a friend of his put it, “often slightly uncomfortable to watch.” - William Michael Smith
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