Tomberlin to celebrate CD release at Luverne Library
Published 10:16 am Monday, October 10, 2016
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Luverne native and Grammy, CMA and ACM nominee, Bobby Tomberlin, is releasing a new CD, “Out of Road” next month and to celebrate its release.
The Luverne Public Library will be hosting a CD release party on Thursday, Oct 13 from 4-6 p.m. There will be a question and answer session, and Tomberlin will play a few songs from the project. Tomberlin says this is the CD that he’s always dreamed of making and it’s a perfect representation of who he is musically.
Tomberlin had very special guests on this project including Vince Gill, Opry Icon Bill Anderson, Hall of Fame member Bobby Bare, hit makers Sylvia and Linda Davis, one of the hottest up and coming artists, Mo Pitney and Hank Jr’s daughter, Hilary Williams.
Some of Nashville’s top musicians played on the record, including Willie Nelson’s harmonica player, Mickey Raphael. Some of Tomberlin’s cowriters on the project include Mac Davis, Bobby Bare, Bill Anderson, Dean Dillon, Holly Williams and Sylvia.
Tomberlin also recorded a version of “One More Day, a song that was taken to the top of charts by Diamond Rio, co-written by Tomberlin.
The project was recorded at CURB Studios where artists like Johnny Cash, Hank Jr., George Jones, Eddy Arnold, Blake Shelton and Alison Krauss have recorded.
The CD cover photo was taken by actor Stephen Dorff, while working on a film project with Tomberlin and Kris Kristofferson. In the CD package, he thanks hometown area folks like Joe Rex Sport, Sue Watson, Robert Pritchett and Windham Pittman for playing a special role in his pre-Nashville days.
Tomberlin also thanked Luverne resident, Alan Carpenter, because he often sends Alan a copy of new songs and values Carpenter’s reaction.
Tomberlin is about to enter his 22nd year as a staff writer for CURB Music, where he has had over 100 of his songs recorded by artists like Blake Shelton, Barbra Streisand, Faith Hill, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Mo Pitney and Josh Turner. Some of the other artists that Tomberlin has written with during his career include Lee Brice, Sam Hunt, Pam Tillis, Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee and Phil Everly.
Tomberlin says that his dream was to go to Nashville and get one song recorded. Everything else has truly been icing on the cake.
“I never dreamed while growing up in Luverne that one day I would share a stage with Vince Gill or Little Jimmy Dickens, sing with Loretta Lynn, stand on the Opry stage, have Bobby Bare sing on my record, write a song with Porter Wagoner and Larry Gatlin or be in a movie with Kris Kristofferson,” Tomberlin said.
“God has been so good to me and I am so, so thankful.”
Nashville Songwriter Association President, Bart Herbison, says Bobby loves the music and the music loves him back.
In addition to writing and working in the studio, Tomberlin has had a busy tour schedule with shows all over the U. S. He recently had the honor of singing a duet with Loretta Lynn at a Conway Twitty tribute. He performed on the legendary WSM Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, shared the stage with Mac Davis at the Bluebird Cafe and is filming The Joey Canyon Show, seen on RFD TV. Check out Bobby’s new website at
Tomberlin says Luverne will always be home and he talks about his hometown every time that he’s on stage, whether it’s in LA, Alaska or Washington D. C. He hopes to see a lot of his friends at the release party. Bobby is the son of Hubert and Betty Tomberlin of Luverne.