When Thomas Gardner Jr. plays his guitar, you see a tattoo with the name “Evelyn” facing outward from his inner left arm.
This is a tribute to his late mother, who put a guitar in his hands at age 10 and began his lifelong love with playing music.
As the lead guitarist in various rock bands growing up in his hometown of Warwick, Rhode Island, he began to write and sing his own songs. Gardner made the move to Los Angeles and immediately focused on his own harmony-driven folk project, The Borrower’s Debt. The new quartet quickly rose up the LA music scene ranks, opening for acts like The Monkees, The Lone Bellow, and Nicki Bluhm. Their album also caught the attention of writer/director Cameron Crowe who sent an email saying “Love the music! Your fan, C.” After the band dissolved in 2013, Gardner started his long-awaited solo project.
Gardner's solo work shines in “Songs from the Floor” his EP released Dec 6th, 2016. Already known by his fans for his masterful guitar work, memorable melodies, and love of tight harmonies, his lyrics-forward work shines in the folk-country blend he brings to the new album. Influences cited by the artist include country greats like Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, John Prine, and Todd Snider.