Beardslee has independently released his debut album, titled
Exit this Frame of Mind. The album’s ten tracks cross the
Atlantic and back again, exploring the common roots of African
and American pop music. Using catchy pop hooks, witty lyrics,
and a laid-back vocal style, Tom dances through the album with
On tracks like the South-African mbube influenced ‘Sweety,’ and
the Ghanaian highlife infused ‘Betty Ann,’ Tom pays tribute to
the African musicians he listened to and played with growing up.
In college, Tom dropped out of school to tour West Africa with
the Super Highlife Kings, and his African ftyle technique permeates
the entire disc. On songs like ‘2am’ and ‘Long Tall Girl,’ he
shows his romantic side, while displaying his love of American
slide masters like Jerry Douglas and Bonnie Raitt.
features a wide cast of supporting musicians, including members
of Tom’s live band, the Shakewells, as well as guest musicians
like Liberian guitar master David Franklin. With its broad palette
of sounds, Exit this Frame of Mind introduces Tom Beardslee
as a new voice in the world of pop music.