Tom Letson is a musician and visual artist based out of Haines, AK. Early on, when some are eager to start building their success, his calling seemed a bit more humble. Following the footsteps of musical pioneer Woody Guthrie, Letson set off to each crack and crevice of the United States by freight train & thumb. Seeking refuge under bridges and sleeping beside highways, he considers it a pleasant surprise to have made it this long. He is somewhat of an outsider to the underground roots movement, and manages to stay autonomous to superficial constructs that often govern other working artists. With that, there is a raw honesty rooted in his work that manages to attract listeners wherever he roams & rambles.
In his personal life, Letson is always working to find a balance between a subsistence & troubadour lifestyle. “It definitely hasn’t been an easy road” he says, “but it’s given me a life worth living.” His songs branch out of the traditional American standards, anywhere from Mountain Music to Pre-War Blues. As if resonating from the same hollers as Roscoe Holcomb, or being busked along the same streets as Blind Willie Johnson. He writes as a therapeutic tool by poetically vomiting out a prose that carries you through as if caught in a dream. They tend to be a little dark, a little gritty, and rich with life experiences.