That pedal keeps Tom right in the music loop

Tom Richardson is touring Down Under’s east coast.
Tom Richardson is touring Down Under’s east coast. Contributed

TOM Richardson has proven a go-getter attitude and a loop pedal can take you a long way in the music industry.

The young multi-instrumentalist took the leap of faith four years ago in an attempt to make music his full-time profession.

Since then, he has released two albums, been showered with Australian Blues Music Awards, and toured the world.

"I've been lucky enough to make it my full-time job," he said.

"What else would you rather be doing than travelling around the world playing the guitar?

"I think the lifestyle outweighs any financial thing. It's pretty priceless."

After settling into the scene, Richardson shifted his approach from a solo project to a full band - the Tom Richardson Project.

But he showed this year that he can stand on his own two feet by paying his own way overseas and managing to return with a profit.

He said the Australian music scene was overpopulated with blues and roots musicians so he needed to broaden his horizons overseas.

"It's a pretty tough place to make a living playing music, in Australia," he said.

"So I got on the phone, sent some emails and lined up two months in Canada and another six weeks in Europe.

"Sometimes in Australia you get stuck in a lot of country clubs where drinking seems to take preference over the music.

''In Europe, there's a lot more appreciation."

To finish off a busy year, Richardson is doing a final tour of Australia including a stop on the Sunshine Coast.

He's spent all of December travelling up the east coast and will cap off the tour with shows at Kings Beach Tavern and Glasshouse Mountains Tavern.

But these shows will be a refreshing return to his solo roots.

"I play the same songs in the same format as I do with the band," he said.

"But rather than things sound big straight away, I try to build the song in a way that it's emulating the band.

"It's exciting to see people who haven't seen a loop pedal before.

"They sort of pop up and go, 'What the hell's going on here?'"

Richardson said he always had a good reception at his Sunshine Coast gigs, and was looking forward to seeing out 2012 in style.

Tom Richardson will be at Kings Beach Tavern on December 28 and Glasshouse Mountains Tavern on December 29.

Topics:  music

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