The Hamilton Spectator
By Jeff Mahoney
Stompin' Tom Connors, like the way Mark LaForme played his songs so well that he produced his new CD.
You'll know what Stompin' Tom was thinking of when you hear True To Form.
LaForme is as strong an interpreter of Stompin' Tom's music as there is. But that's not the whole story of True to Form. There's LaForme's own music as well.
"It all stemmed from us backing up Stompin' Tom on his tour last year." says LaForme, who lives in Hamilton.
"Part of the job was to do versions of some of his songs. He liked our versions and wanted to do something for us."
Did eh ever. True To Form is out now and features such Stompin' Tom hits as Old Glat Top Guitar, Hey Hey Loretta, I Am the Wind and Shakin' the Blues.
It also includes such original LaForme material as Easy For You To Say, The Best Years, and Do What Ya Gotta Do.
LaForme and his band played with Stompin' Tom from July 1 to Aug. 28 last year and they will be reprising the partnership this summer when Stompin' Tom tours from Aug. 1 to Sept. 18. They stop at Hamilton Place Sept. 16 for an 8 p.m. show.
LaForme is the first artist signed on to A-C-T Records, a label started by Stompin' Tom's son Tom Connors Jr.
LaForme, 44, has had a long and distinguised caree in music, both country and rock.
In the '80s he recorded and wrote songs in Nashville and Atlanta and his songs have been picked up by such stars as Dallas Harms and Ronald Reagan's daughter Patti Davis. True To Form will be at record stores soon.