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Local musical duo to release EP on Sunday

May 13, 2014

By Scott Seitz, Norwalk Reflector, Ohio

May 13--It's an exciting time for Norwalk residents Tommy Christian and Cory Boomer.

The musical duo, which operate officially under the name, "Tommy Christian," are set to release a brand-new EP on Sunday.

The five-song collection is called "Before" and will make its debut as part of a live performance at 8 p.m. at the Dirtsandwich Music Company, 24 W. Main St.

Clarksfield resident Emily Keener will open Sunday's concert. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door or at The $10 ticket will be good for admission to the show and a copy of "Before."

The EP was recorded and mixed at Dirtsandwich by Chris Castle.

Christian and Boomer just became acquainted in October 2013 -- meeting at the Coffee Station in Milan.

They began playing music together, Boomer on hand drums and Christian on acoustic guitar and vocals, and developed a friendship from there.

Boomer, 25, said they both share the same philosophy.

"We both like the same instrumentation," he said. "We both wanted to keep things as acoustic as possible."

Christian, 22, said he had known drummers who were either very mathematical or technical and others who played by feel.

"Boomer has both," he said. "He has the mathematical mind about what he wants to do, but then at gametime, he brings the raw energy."

Once they worked together a bit, the next logical step was recording.

"It's a necessity," Boomer said about recording.

"It was because of Castle," Christian added. "He really convinced me I should."

The songs cover a variety of topics.

"There's not a grand concept," Christian said. "It's a collection of songs that best represent what we can do right now."

Christian said he and Boomer selected five songs from a number they had been working on.

The EP cover art was done by Norwalk native Jeremy Miller.

Besides Sunday's show, the EP will be available at and the 24 W. Main St. location, as well as a number of online outlets including iTunes.

Christian said plans are already in the works for the future.

"We've already been talking about playing out while it is still nice and then when it gets cold, bunking up and practicing and writing new material for either an EP or full-length album for next spring," he said.

Tony Schaffer, from The Womacks, played bass on "Before" while Castle added some vocal harmonies.

"We'll just keep practicing day in and day out," Christian said. "We want to play as many gigs as possible. We really like performing."

Castle enjoyed recording the album.

"I'm extremely happy with it," he said. "I'm proud of it for a lot of reasons. I like the guys as people and like their music.

Castle, 38, spoke fondly of the song, "Tiny Romance."

"Tiny Romance, that's the song we're pushing as an Internet single, so to speak, that's as good as anything out there," he said.


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