Bio

The bohemian son of a family steeped in Alaska politics and the product of a life of music and art, Tom Begich ’s music and poetry resonates with the stories and the conflicts of the human condition.

Part of the Alaska music scene in the early 1980’s, Tom dropped out and tuned in to the world of politics and business for a decade before finding his way back to local coffee shops, street corners, and music festivals. Since returning to performing and recording, Tom has performed all over the country as a solo artist and accompanied by his wife, singer/songwriter Sarah Sledge. He has also opened for recording artists Kelly Joe Phelps, Anne McCue, Samarabalouf, the Santa Cruz River Band, Tim Mason, Stephen Fearing, Don Morrell, Paul Geremia, Randall Williams, Terry Holder, and Kim Richey just to name a few. Tom also hosted a monthly Songwriter’s Showcase in his hometown of Anchorage for three years, and now hosts traveling musicians in a concert series in his home. He has appeared on XM Radio and performed live on numerous radio stations and on the nationally syndicated radio shows “West Coast Live", "River City Folk", "Paradigms", "the Camille Conte Show" and "In the Phone Booth (Anchorage Observer Internet Show)".

Tom has released six CDs, "Such a World" in 1997, "Hotel Metropol" in 1999, “Albuquerque Road” in 2001, “Cool Blue Light” in 2004/2005. His new release, "Traveling Through", was released in late 2014. Tom and "Bone Collectors" partner Tim Mason released their self-titled live CD - a compilation of music and spoken word  - also in 2014.

 

His first book of poetry, "Six Truths: fifty sonnets" was published in 2013.

In 2016 he was elected to the Alaska State Senate, becoming the first professional musician to be elected to that House.

Tom continues to perform both his music and poetry throughout the country, preferring smaller venues and more intimate audiences. Citing musicians as different as Taj Mahal, Harry Chapin, and Christopher Parkening as influences, Tom combines an easy picking style with blues rhythms and storytelling skill to create a musical montage that is always interesting to the ear. His music includes a wide-variety of music ranging from acoustic instrumentals to blues and folk rock. A musician with a wholly original sound, Tom Begich will keep you humming long after he’s done.

"My goal is to reach people where they live.  My songs and my poetry speak to that. They reflect a life devoted to our community, and designed to move us further down the road... to change minds and lives. Over the next decades my aim is to get that message across through music, poetry, and the story-telling I use to weave the two together..."

   
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