Songwriter Tom Kimmel Offering Workshop in Long Beach, Music at the Point

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Singer, songwriter, entertainer, poet and teacher, Tom Kimmel will lead a workshop this weekend in November.

Singer, songwriter, entertainer, poet and teacher, Tom Kimmel will lead a workshop this weekend in November.

The Grace First Concert Series is proud to welcome Tom Kimmel to the Grace First Sanctuary on Saturday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m., and again in a songwriting workshop on Sunday, November 13 from 1-4 p.m. Both events are open to the public

Singer, songwriter, entertainer, poet and teacher, Tom Kimmel is all of these things and more. Since 1980 dozens of Tom’s compositions have been recorded by a host of major artists, including Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker, Art Garfunkel and Randy Travis. 

An award-winning artist in his own right, he has released seven solo albums, published a book of poems and led songwriting workshops and classes around the country and in Europe. Tom found his voice as a singer-songwriter while touring with Nanci Griffith in the early 90’s. A New Folk winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival in ’93, he began performing solo, stressing a lean, acoustic approach to his music and bringing a humorous spirit to his poetry and storytelling.

After releasing two critically praised major label albums (in ’87 and ’90), Tom released Bones in 1994, his first independent album. It was followed by Short Stories in 1999, which featured guest performances by Emmylou Harris, the Fairfield Four, Jerry Douglas and other Nashville luminaries. Shallow Water (2002) is a collection of spirit-centered songs and hymns, and Light of Day (2004) features bare vocal-guitar tracks recorded in Tom’s home studio. A volume of poems, The Sweetest & the Meanest, was published in 2006, and Never Saw Blue, an anthology of TK songs featured in film and TV, arrived in the fall of 2008.

In demand as a songwriting teacher and lecturer, Tom frequently offers workshop instruction tying the creative spirit to the nuts and bolts of composition. Tom will return the day after his concert to lead a three-hour workshop for songwriters and writers alike, designed to open up creativity to anyone who seeks it.

The concert will be held in the sanctuary of Grace First Presbyterian Church, on Saturday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m. This concert is a free-will donation concert, with a suggested donation of $10.The Songwriting workshop will be in the Ministry Center at Grace First on Sunday, November 13 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Admission is $20 for the workshop and space is limited. To reserve a seat in the workshop, visit

Grace First Presbyterian Church is located at 3955 Studebaker Rd. at the corner of Studebaker and Los Coyotes Diagonal in Long Beach. The phone number is 562-420-3393. For more information about the concerts, or for interviews, please contact Stan DeWitt, Minister of Music, at 562-420-3393, or

The remainder of the concerts in the Concert Series are:

  • Smithfield Bargain – Sat., Oct. 22, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
  • Tom Kimmel – Sat., Nov. 12, 8:00 p.m.
  • The Luckys (w/Jill Knight) – Sat., Jan. 21, 8:00 p.m.
  • Dewey Erney – Sun., Feb. 19, 3:00 p.m.
  • Willy Porter – Sat., Mar. 11, 8:00 p.m., $20
  • Bobbie Lee Anderson – Sat., Apr. 22, 8:00 p.m.
  • Mostly Kosher – Sat., May 20, 8:00 p.m.
  • Hedgehog Swing – Sat., June 10, 8:00 p.m.

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