Musical Satire and Social Commentary

Many shows will be virtual in 2021. Check out upcoming events below.... Let's speak truth to power.

Quotes that inspire me and my work

“Art is ultimately about telling the truth. If there are people who don’t like the truth, you have to decide whether you want to do your art or whether you want to do ‘small talk,’ because if you get away from the truth to please other people who want you to not tell the truth, you have lost the artist in you.” Martha Beck

"Individuals have duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience. Therefore individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring." Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal 1950

“The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see.” James Baldwin

“The artist has a special responsibility to speak out for social justice since their voices will be heard when others' are not.” Pablo Casals

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." CIA Director William Casey, 1981

2020 - Tom was asked to write a song for the US Peace Memorial Foundation as they raise funds for a US Peace Memorial. Listen to the song:

Here is a link to a recent NEPR interview with Tom from "the road". He attracted notice from the media because of a song he wrote about the planned fast-track executions of 8 men in Arkansas. One of the execution drugs was set to expire.

You can hear the complete song: here

Tom Neilson Appearances