Stompin' Tom Connors
December 1, 2010 9:41 AM Subscribe
Stompin' Tom Connors
is a Canadian national treasure
from Skinner's Pond PEI
. He has even had a stamp in his honor.
"At his concerts, university students loudly chant "Stompin' Tom for Prime Minister." - Stompin' Tom Connors Biography
A 1970 television interview on CBC with Tom.
While an amiable sort, Tom has had his disputes over the years.
Yet another bio: Stompin' Tom Connors Biography
An interview with Stompin' Tom where he briefly talks 1998 Canadian politics.
A sampling of his work:
The Hockey Song
Hanson Brothers version of The Hockey Song
Sudbury Saturday Night
Bud the Spud
A fan of k.d. lang...
of Lady k.d. lang
Stompin' Tom on his philosophy:
"The industry and radio as a whole encourages young people to go to Nashville or somewhere like that where there's more opportunity,"
Connors says. "It's unfortunate. But most of them go there and it seems the music they come out with after that is all so homogenized and so generalized there's nothing identifiably Canadian. There's no storytelling anymore. This is the roots of country music. I think we need more encouragement for our boys and girls to stay here and sing about our country. Everybody else in every other country sings about their country, why the hell can't we do it?"
More thoughts about Canadian Country:
"From our earliest rural recordings, identifiably Canadian country music inevitably finds itself ghettoised as an inferior part of our heritage – from Wilf Carter, Marg Osborne, and Stan Rogers to Eddie Poirier, 1775, and Edith Butler – that cannot, in any way, shape, or milieu, actually consider itself something akin to a respectable contribution to this country's culture.
Doc Stompin' begs to differ. And, in inimitable fashion, he puts his money where his heart lives. In his country – this country – not some foreign country puppeteered and commandeered by that amorphous grey *they.*
But, there's still hope for Canadian centered folk and country.
Stompin Tom even has his own tribute "band"
If you are interested in learning more there is always Stompin Tom's autobiography in two parts: Before the Fame
and The Legend Continues
Oh, and don't forget the kids.
Finally, isn't today the day for everyone to finally learn all the provinces and their capitals