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Birthplace: New Orleans

Current place of residence: Highland Village, Texas

My first gig, my first band: The Dukes, when I was 12 years old, performing for a for a 6th grade girls birthday party.

Favorite books: Jesus Calling, Margin, What's So Amazing About Grace, Red Sky At Morning, Milagro Beanfield War, any Tony Hillerman book, The Bible

Favorite movies: The Kings Speech, Slumdog Millionaire, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story (1 & 3). Braveheart, Silverado, My Cousin Vinnie, The Mission, The Cowboys, Shawshank Redemption, Where Eagles Dare, The Great Escape, just about anything with Russell Crow

Musical influences: The Beatles, Motown, James Brown, The Meters, The Neville Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Copeland

Personal influences: My parents, my wife, my children, my sister, Bob Hamp, Dr. Les Carter, Rev. Jim Ozier and any one of my friends who is kind enough to tell me when I'm being an idiot

Hobbies: Cooking, college football, anything outdoors, traveling and sleeping

I'm most at peace when: I'm on vacation with my family

I'm most irritated when: I'm late

Biggest pet peeve: 1. Liars 2. People who sit on your tail when you're already going 80 in the left lane and there's a car right in front of you.

My last meal: Bread from K-Pauls Kitchen in New Orleans, Tacos from El Paragua (Espanola, N.M.), Enchiladas from La Fogata (San Antonio, TX), Margarita from Hotel Villa Jacaranda's bar (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico), Mexican Flan that I make from The Gulf Coast Cookbook.

More about Tom...

The New Orleans-born singer/songwriter knew by age 5 that music would be the fascination of his life. He graduated from Dallas' Highland Park High School and, after earning a degree in philosophy from Washington & Lee University, settled in Dallas and put together a band, The Coconuts, and achieved rapid regional success. A subsequent move to Los Angeles proved to everyone involved that record company promises can be as ethereal as vapor. Coconuts came home, disillusioned, and the band broke up shortly thereafter.

"I said whatever I do next I'm going to do it for me," he remembers. "I had always wanted to own my own studio and produce my own music. My experience in LA just solidified my resolve to finally do it." He methodically set out to assemble what has become one of the finest state-of-the-art recording facilities in Texas. His intention: to create his album, and hopefully produce others in the process. Faulkner didn't set out to create a concept album, but its inevitability soon became apparent. Lost in the Land of Texico arose from the memories of his travels over the backroads of the Southwest. His unique blend of Texas rock, blues, Cajun and Tejano music is a heartfelt abandonment of musical trends and a passionate embrace of the rich ethnic heritage of "Texico."

What is "Texico"? As Faulkner explains it, the State of Texas grew out of the areas that surround it -- most notably, Mexico, Louisiana and New Mexico. Most of the songs on the album were written in, or near, the places to which they refer. They convey a sense of romance that overwhelms him everytime he travels through a wonderfully diverse world all its own. Producing his own material meant he didn't have to compromise on any of it, and the result is a solid, full-strength collection of Texas rooted music.

"Hopefully each song I create will paint a picture for someone, somewhere... and they can go back to it again and again"