Tom Caufield is an instrumental acoustic guitarist with a contemplative, pastoral, near-ambient style. His music has been heard on SiriusXM, popular syndicated programs Hearts of Space, Echoes, All Things Considered and numerous NPR affiliate stations.
Originally from Michigan, Tom initially played in numerous bands in the Michigan-Ohio area, then travelled for two years playing in clubs in the midwest, south, and on the eastern seaboard before going solo. Pursuing his solo career, he lived variously in Santa Cruz, CA, New York City, NY, Bowling Green, OH, Winston-Salem, NC, La Jolla, CA, Nashville, TN, and Los Angeles, CA. He moved with his wife Rebecca to Clemmons, NC in 2020.
Passport/Paradox released his debut album, distributed by PolyGram, in 1987. Since then, he has independently released a number of albums.
He recently received a grant from the North Carolina Council of the Arts to help fund his 2023 album, currently in the works, a meditation on the natural landscape around his home of Clemmons, North Carolina.
That album, ‘The Whisper Resistance’ will be out June 2, 2023. It features the vocals of San Diego singer-songwriter maya rosenbaum, and Winston-Salem violinist Richard Downs.
Caufield also creates for a side-project called ‘Gatefold Sleeve,’ an outlet for his more experimental, loop-based work. He enjoys reading, making collage art, and walking in natural environments.
‘Tom Caufield never disappoints. He is a thinking man’s guitarist who creates mindful compositions in which every note is diligently thought out, carefully placed and lovingly performed.’ – RJ Lannan, Artisan Review