From Count Basie’s Inspiration to Bafana FM Holiday Playlist: ‘Blues Gift from the One & Only’ by Tom & His Free Mockingbirds Featuring Raelle Grace

We are pleased to announce that the wonderful ‘Blues Gift from the One & Only” from ‘Tom & His Free Mockingbirds’ Feat ‘Raelle Grace’ is now on the CHRISTMAS 2023 PLAYLIST. Listen out for it day and night on the playlist + it will also be played as a special CHRISTMAS POWERPLAY every day for the next month at 2:30 PM SA time throughout Christmas into the new year.

Tom is a songwriter-producer of the indie band Tom & His Free Mockingbirds. He is also the leader of the band and Tom has the vision of growing the band into a big band like Count Basie & His Orchestra. Tom is a prolific and consummate songwriter-producer. The band loves all genres but often veered towards Blues and Folk Rocks. Tom as a front man is greatly influenced by blues legends Duke Ellington & His Big Band, and Count Basie & His Orchestra. His benchmark on songwriting is Bob Dylan.

Season Greetings! “Blues Gift from the One & Only.. (FT Raelle Grace)” single is out now.

Speaking about the single, Tom said “It is the 1st single from our Christmas album “Blues Gift for Christmas”. We commit ourselves to create new Blues-Christmas songs each Christmas to celebrate the empowering Blues-Gift to humanity. The protagonists in this 3-mins story are centred on Count Basie and his amazing Orchestra. The story celebrates Blues-Gift to humanity, like a 12-bar phrase shout out by Count Basie and his Orchestra. We created and produced this song on a shoe-string budget and innovate with vocals to symbolise Count Basie’s Orchestra. We hope we did justice to Count Basie and His Orchestra, as well as a Blues Gift for Christmas. We shall follow-up with an instrumental version to mirror a little our progression towards a Big Band set-up“.

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