With his honey-warm voice and earthy, uplifting lyrics, Seattle-based singer/songwriter Michael Tomlinson’s songs comfort the weary soul. Drawing upon folk, smooth jazz, and Americana, Tomlinson’s songs unfold with an easygoing charm and crystalline clarity, driven by his moving, poetic narratives. Tomlinson’s latest album, The Way Out West, ﬁnds him reﬂecting on his life, how the experiences of his past have taught him compassion and helped him appreciate the stunning beauty of his beloved Paciﬁc Northwest.
The Way Out West could be seen as a journal of the two decades of his life since Tomlinson left his home in Austin, Texas, and made Seattle his home. On the cover, Tomlinson is seen in silhouette holding his guitar as he walks among bold outlines of trees; the brilliant blue of the sky lending a sense that he is embarked on a new beginning. The title track describes the grief of leaving all he knew behind, while the wind-swept strains of “Seattle Skies” conveys his life long love of changing seasons and natural elements.
Tomlinson has a very real talent with musical hooks. . . almost every tune
bristles rhythmic choruses rich with sizzling rhythms and memorable
melodies. . . a perfect illustration of a performer whose optimism far
outshines his dark side.
~Don Heckman, LA Times
The whole sell-out crowd at Michael Tomlinson's concert connected deeply
with his intimate performance and propelled him to a graceful two-hour
troubadour tour-de-force of singing and story-telling.
~ Beau Brendler, Anchorage Times
Michael Tomlinson's music truly explores the issues of the heart.
~ James Redfield, Author of The Celestine Prophecy
Michael's CDs feature his appealing tenor and melody-rich songs that focus
on healing and unity among humankind through understanding and honest
~ John Roos, LA Times
Through the years of my broadcast experience Michael has always had the
ability to turn the ear, I've made many friends playing his music and the
for his Florida appearance was so worth it