Tom was on the executive committee that stopped a tree burning biomass incinerator from being put where he lives in Greenfield, MA. BIOMESS is music for a changing planet with songs about mountain top removal, nuclear waste, water privatization, GMOs, and the economic system that fuels the destruction of the planet.
- Root Beer Makes Me Burp
An album of children's songs written by Tom for all the children in his life.
- Four O'Clock In The Afternoon
This album is a compilation of songs written several years ago. They are stories, historical accounts of people's lives and events. The cover photo is a 1948 view of the Upstate New York dairy farm where I was born and raised.
- Thin Ice
This album is a metaphor about the environment, workers' rights, civil rights, endless war and the hijacking of democracy.
- It's A Crime To Tell The Truth
We have attained a state of perpetual war, streamlined assassinations, and zero privacy of electronic communication. As Jeremy Scahill says, "The world is a battle ground," and the Obama administration has arrested more people under the 1917 Espionage Act than all his predecessors combined. We are all journalists now, and it is a crime to tell the truth.
- Between The Rivers
Tom Neilson tells people’s stories. He honors people by giving them a voice they otherwise may not have. This is the case with Between The Rivers.
The original settlers arrived between the rivers (Cumberland & Tennessee) --the far western frontier at the time--in the 1780's, when it was still Kentucky County, Virginia. The Tennessee River was the boundary of the new nation.
Between 1935 and 1938 "some 110 families" were removed from Between the Rivers by the Federal Resettlement Administration. The taken land (58,000 acres) almost immediately became the "Kentucky Woodlands National Wildlife Refuge" by Executive Order of Franklin Roosevelt.
Between 1936 and 1944 "some 2,400 families" were moved for TVA's Kentucky Lake project.
Between 1958 and 1963 "some 1,400 families" were moved for the Army Corps of Engineers Barkley Lake project.
Between 1963 and 1969 "some 980 families" that remained were removed for the Land Between the Lakes project. "Though no official count exists, it is estimated that between 28,000 and 30,000 people were forcibly removed from their homes, many of them multiple times, to make way for these federal land- and water-management projects." Tony Crunk, "New Covenant Bound," University Press of KY, 2010.
- Ain't Gonna Pass
The title song, Ain’t Gonna Pass was written specifically for communities working to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline that, as of this writing is planned for New Hampshire and Western MA. However the resistant strains in the song are for all peoples everywhere trying to protect the planet and the life upon it. The trees, the water, the soil, the air, the food and people from Palestine to the streets of Ferguson, NYC and LA call for a solidarity to stop the killing; to stop it in its various forms; drones, starvation, toxins, endocrine disruption, habitat destruction and “mowing the lawn.”