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Sounds of the Southtowns: Quick wit with a danceable beat in solo singer-songwriter Tom Stahl
Date: 2015-03-25
HAMBURG — In 1995, Mary Lou Stahl told her husband not to come home from the Nietzsche’s open mic in Allentown until he sang. Now, 20 years and over 100 songs later, Tom Stahl is a household name in the Southtowns and Buffalo area. Stahl’s wife has always been a driving force for him and his music, according to Stahl. “When I started out, we lived on LaSalle in Kenmore,” he explained. “My wife pretty much made me go out and play.”After performing at a couple open mics, Stahl got to know other notable artists like Mike Meldrum, Alison Pipitone and Katie Miller. Meldrum arranged gigs for Stahl, in the area at local colleges and other venues, which got him started. The musician said that his song ideas come pretty naturally into his head and he just lets the idea “bounce around” for a while before a tune comes. Hearing stories of tragedy on the radio, or from those who are close to him also inspire his lyrics.Stahl currently lives in the Hamburg village, which he cites as significant for his...
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