Tom Brosseau: Aspects of Songwriting


The Music District - 639 S College


Join musical storyteller Tom Brosseau in an exploration of the aspects of songwriting:

-Talk & Music

-Ideas & Influences

-Guitar Technique

-Folk Songs & The American Songbook

-And other neat things!


Photo by Lars Topelmann

Tom Brosseau, North Dakota-born and LA-seasoned, is a songwriter, guitar player & singer. He learned acoustic guitar from his grandmother. Brosseau has toured Japan, Canada, Portugal, Iceland, Australia; performed in bars, backyards, grand halls, subways, theaters, old folks homes; exchanged songs and poetry with many talented folks, including Susan Orlean, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Patrick Marber, Bonnie Raitt and the late Sam Hinton. Brosseau also sings and plays guitar with Becky Stark and John C. Reilly in John Reilly & Friends.

Tom Brosseau on his background: “I grew up with music in the church, in the school, music at home. I learned a lot of hymnal and folk songs, both traditional and contemporary, and since I was influenced by what my grandparents listened to, in a sense I studied the singers and songwriters of the great American songbook.”

His songs have been chosen by Natalie Portman for her charity compilation, covered by Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, host of Prairie Home Companion), and featured in the Judd Apatow Netflix series, “Love” season one.

Not long after Brosseau moved to Los Angeles in 2003, he began performing at the renowned club, Largo, where he met Sara and Sean Watkins (Watkins Family Hour, Nickel Creek). Sean Watkins recorded Brosseau’s much praised 2014 release, Grass Punks, and the 2016 album, North Dakota Impressions.
Brosseau travelled to Bristol UK to work with John Parish (PJ Harvey) who produced Brosseau’s 2015 album, Perfect Abandon. Tom and a 3-piece band recorded the album live at The Cube theater in Bristol UK, using only a single mic.

For 2017, Brosseau is releasing a live concert album, recorded in Cologne Germany. A limited release on vinyl, it features both original acoustic songs and covers of some of Tom’s favorites with liner notes by Dr Daniel J. Levitin (author, This Is Your Brain on Music & more).