Thom Chacon is finally getting the attention he deserves. 2018 saw the singer-songwriter who calls Durango, Colo., home has a song featured on the Townes Van Zandt tribute album and another included on an Appaloosa Records compilation album.
He was awarded “Best New Artist of 2018” by Buscadero Magazine while on tour in Italy, and won rave reviews of his latest album, “Blood in the USA.” That attention is long over due, when one considers what Stew Mosberg wrote in the Durango Telegraph in an article titled, “Durango’s Dylan” almost three years ago:
“In 2014, The Huffington Post/UK referred to Durango singer/songwriter Thom Chacon as ‘an Americana original; one of the most important songwriters of our time.’ High praise indeed, and the statement reflects the opinion of a growing number of fans, both locally and abroad.”
Chacon’s narrative style is influenced by Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt, among others. He also draws influence from a colorful family history and his travels.
His second cousin, Bobby Chacon was two-time boxing featherweight champion and his grandfather was deputy sheriff in Silver City, and part of the posse sent to capture Billy the Kid. Chacon has gone on to tour around the world, opening for artists as diverse as Los Lonely Boys and Jason Mraz, playing shows in Thailand and India, Italy and even one memorable gig on July 4, 2004 at Folsom Prison, shortly after the death of another of his idols, Johnny Cash.
With his current music reflecting a good dose of lifetime experiences, along with the hard-earned wisdom of a man who’s paid his dues both on the land and the water, Chacon is now being touted by the press as “an Americana original” and “one of the most important songwriters of our time.”
Chacon will bring his music Feb. 1 to Fuller Lodge as part of the Live in Los Alamos spring line-up. Music begins at 7:30 p.m., but beer and wine from Bathtub Row and tapas from Secret City Kitchen are available at 6:30 p.m. when doors open.
Tickets can be purchased at Los Alamos Public Schools Credit Union for $15, at liveinlosalamos.com for $17.50, or at the door for $20.