New News... Sangamon Songs: A Musical Play by Tom Irwin, adapted by John W. Arden premieres August 3, 7pm: August 4, 3pm at Salem on Seventh Theater on the west side of Petersburg IL square ........... Tickets@217.632.7089 or my-showtickets.com

Tom reading Harry Glen Ludlam's diary that was the foundation of Sangamon Songs. In the background is the pie-tin cabinet that held the diary for over a hundred years.

Tom reading Harry Glen Ludlam's diary that was the foundation of Sangamon Songs. In the background is the pie-tin cabinet that held the diary for over a hundred years.

I like your shirt... and your music, too. ”

— Willie Nelson, after opening for Willie & Family at Illinois State Fair, August 2001. I was wearing a Hank Williams, Sr. T-shirt.

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Tom Irwin. What a gentle heart. One of the best songwriters I've ever met.”

— Rosie Flores, a good friend for 20 years, upon hearing All That Love.

Led by sparkling keys and a swinging rhythm, the buoyant "I Have Wandered" is an introspective tale of personal struggle - "Let me roll and rumble and curse with all my might/And fake and fumble until I get it right/I will stand and stumble and crawl towards sunlight/And take and tumble as long as I can fight" - that's perfect for the dance floor. ”

TARA JOAN of NO DEPRESSION 8.27.17