When Tommy Marsh and Crooked Eye Tommy released Butterflies & Snakes in August of 2015, little did the Ventura County-based blues musician realize how well the band’s debut album would be received. An indication of what lie ahead: Winning “Best Blues Band” at the 2015 Ventura County Music Awards this past Summer. Tommy’s third consecutive VCMA is quite the accomplishment, considering the number of talented blues artists who call Ventura County their home!
In less than five months, Butterflies & Snakes has ascended as high as #30 on the National Roots Music Report Blues Chart, a strong barometer for radio airplay where hundreds of on-air deejays submit their weekly playlists to. For the week beginning December 6, B&S was a very respectable #21 on the RMR Top 50 California Album Chart. Two singles off the record - “Crooked Eye Tommy” and “I Stole The Blues” - were at #14 and #38 respectively on the California RMR Blues Singles Chart (Week of November 29). Butterflies & Snakes is making waves Down Under, too, moving up to #5 on the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Charts International Blues Chart for the month of November, 2015 up from #8 in October.
In September, Butterflies & Snakes was featured on back-to-back weeks by nationally-syndicated radio show, Blues Deluxe, heard on over one-hundred terrestrial stations with a 1.5 million listenership. “Depend on Crooked-Eye Tommy to set you straight about great blues and good music!”, said Blues Deluxe Host, David Johnson.
Most Recently, Influential taste-maker Blues 411 bestowed Butterflies & Snakes with a “Best Debut Release” nomination, while also making their “Baker’s Dozen” for the week of December 7, 2015. “Crooked Eye Tommy and his release ‘Butterflies & Snakes’ will please ya in a rockin’ soulful way”, asserts Blues411 head honcho, Chefjimi Patricola.
Butterflies & Snakes made waves in the UK this year, as well: the eleven-song disc is nominated for a 2016 Doc’s Blues Award in the “Best Band” category.
In January, Butterflies & Snakes proudly represents the Ventura County Blues Society in the “Best Self-Produced CD” category at the 2016 International Blues Challenge (IBC), the famed yearly competition in Memphis bringing the world’s best blues artists from sixteen countries across the globe together where they compete for “best of” honors.