Tommy McLain - I Ran Down Every Dream

 (Limited Edition Emerald Green Vinyl)


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One of the founding fathers of the swamp pop genre

His first new album in more than 40 years!

Limited to 1,000 copies worldwide!

Tommy McLain, one of the founding fathers of the swamp pop genre, returns with his first new album in more than 40 years: I Ran Down Every Dream. Produced by fellow Lil' Band O' Gold member C.C. Adcock, the album features contributions from legendary artists who cite Tommy as a major influence, including Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Van Dyke Parks and Augie Meyers.

Born in Jonesville, Louisiana, on March 15, 1940, McLain was influenced by the sounds of Little Richard, Fats Domino, and Ernest Tubb at a young age. He took those influences and developed his own brand of "swamp pop," combining rhythm and blues, country and western, gospel, and traditional French Louisiana musical stylings into something truly unique. This signature swamp pop sound spread throughout Louisiana and the nation and inspired artists like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Little Feat, and Tony Joe White, among others.

McLain started his own musical career while still in high school in Pineville, Louisiana, forming a trio that played area nightclubs. In 1965, he recorded his version of the Don Gibson-penned classic "Sweet Dreams" on a borrowed tape recorder and had 500 45rpm copies pressed up. It would eventually earn him a gold record, and while other artists, including Patsy Cline and Emmylou Harris, had success with the song, Tommy's recording remains the highest-charting version of "Sweet Dreams" and the only one ever to crack the Billboard Top 20.

At 82 years young, McLain has finally released the album of his career. Ranging from the Americana roots sound of "Somebody" and "Livin' on the Losin' End" to stripped-back, introspective renditions of early Tommy hits like "No Tomorrows Now" and "Before I Grow Too Old," Tommy McLain cements himself as one of the few living legends from the 1960s who is still putting out new music and touring around the world. A beautiful look at a songwriter who (a half-century later) is finally receiving his due. The First Edition LP of I Ran Down Every Dream is pressed on emerald green vinyl and limited to 1,000 copies worldiwde.


1. No Tomorrows Now
2. I Ran Down Every Dream (feat. Elvis Costello)
3. I Hope
4. Livin' on the Losin' End
5. The Greatest Show on Hurt
6. California
7. That's What Mama Used to Do
8. Somebody (feat. Augie Meyers & C.C. Adcock)
9. My Hidden Heart
10. Stand for Something
11. If You Don't Love Me
12. Before I Grow Too Old
13. London Too

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