Minneapolis, MN (4-25-17)

 Minnesota’s history with artists recognizable by one name are grooming a new singer-songwriter in Minneapolis’ Winterland recording studio.  “Tomika.”  Tomika was born in Iowa lived in Iowa and Florida for a few years before she returned to the family roots of the Great White North.  Tomika is a self taught musician, She writes, plays and sings. Tomika has a growing catalog of songs culled from her varied life experiences.Tomika told me she prefers to be close lipped as to the content of her upcoming record. I was asked to promise not post any of the video from her recording session. Tomika agreed to allow Live Gig Shots to post her first release from the yet to be titled record.  What I can say is that the 2 songs she worked on as I was in the studio echo an early Grace Potter and The Nocturnals. Even that may not sit well with Tomika who does not identify with any genre or a fan of comparisons. 

Tomika is working with Winterland Studios producer, engineer Todd Fitzgerald on her debut recording.  Todd and the staff at Winterland have worked with artists such as Alanis Morissette, Average White Band, Gypsy, David Grey, Elvis Costello, Brian Setzer,  Jon Wayne and The Pain, Lenny Kravitz, Martin Zellar and Mike Gordan of Phish.

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George Burrows' fascination with live music began in the 60's. He saw Cream on October 14, 1968, at Vets Auditorium in Des Moines, One year later Burrows attended The Denver Pop Festival in Mile High Stadium. He witnessed The Jimi Hendrix Experience's final gig on June 29, 1969. His list of artists included many who have shaped music for decades. Around 1993 Burrows become friends/colleagues with people in the music industry. He had developed an impressive networking resume which he used it to his advantage and began a concert photography website. He worked for free through multiple live music websites designed to promote live music and the often struggling artists and venues. His shoot for no pay was an obstacle with other photographers. Burrows’ sole purpose for LGS was for the art, not monetary means. He lived in the music environment and soon developed name recognition. After the loss of his brother, a professional drummer, in 2014, he became serious about becoming a drummer. Burrows began drum lessons. The LGS website, contributors and his studies did not match. In 2016 he was about to pull the plug on LGS and embrace drumming. After a chance consultation with one of the most highly regarded session drummers and programmers today he got his answer. Start a website featuring only drummers. With help, he launched https://www.drummersphotgrapher.com. Burrows added his passion for drumming with his expertise of live music photography by launching Drummer Photographer LGS.

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