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NB band heading to Nashville to record at GRAMMY WINNING studio

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With a rowdy stadium of proud New Brunswickers singing along, they kicked off the East Coast Music Awards Gala last month, at Harbour Station. It was a feel good moment for the couple from Grand Bay Westfield, who just three years ago were playing local farmers markets.

John and Lisa McLaggan of Tomato Tomato, are at home where ever they find themselves these days. From Australia to The Maritimes, they have seen a whirlwind year of highs and the accolades keep mounting. They just announced their appearances at The Regina and Vancouver Folk Festivals, along with Indian River Festival and The Festival of Small Halls in PEI. They will appear at The Broadbeach Country Music Festival down under, in July and tour the UK for two weeks this fall, among countless other scheduled dates.

So what could possibly be next? 

Tomato Tomato are heading stateside to record in the Grammy producing, Nashville studio; Bomb Shelter with Jon Estes, studio owner Andrija Tokic and a variety of Grammy winning and associated session players. The most recent success from the coveted studio, is the Grammy winning album “Boys & Girls” for the group Alabama Shakes.

Tomato Tomato’s project will be mastered with John Baldwin, who worked as a mastering engineer, editing and assisting on projects by Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, The White Stripes, Ricky Skaggs, Motley Crue, and hundreds of others.

“This is a world class team; a surreal team” 

“I’ve been writing the new album for awhile” says John “it will be great to actually start this process in Music City after months of preparation.” Adds Lisa “…the ECMA audiences heard some of the new material for the first time, and it has been well received, so its time to make it vinyl official!”

The band is sharing a ‘teaser’ live video today to celebrate. Filmed at Heartbreak Boutique in Uptown Saint John this winter, it is affectionately called ‘Kite Song’.


Regional Winners for CBC National Searchlight Competition in 2014, nominated for 6 Music New Brunswick awards and winning 3; they’ve also been nominated for a Roots Trad ECMA in 2015, Fan’s Choice Video of the Year (Toss it All Away) and Songwriter of the Year in 2017. They were winners of the Live Life Arts & Culture Award for Saint John, NB. 

With two acclaimed albums ( So it Goes / I Go Where You Go ) Tomato Tomato are spreading New Brunswick folk music over three continents in the next few months. You just can’t keep a good washboard down.