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Tom Wopat joins host Robin Milling to talk about his new CD, I’ve Got Your Number; a cool collection of classic standards, with renditions of artists like Bruce Springsteen (The Meeting Across The River) and James Taylor (Secret of Life); interpreted with his own panache and style. It’s a big band feel with an orchestra that swings; evoking images of the Mad Men era.
Growing up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, Tom tells Robin how he pursued his passion for singing in between milking cows, football practice, and rehearsing for the high school musical. Coming to NYC he discovered a shortage of leading men on the Broadway musical stage and quickly took his place. Who can forget him going toe to toe with Bernadette Peters in Annie Get Your Gun. These days however, he doesn't see much of a future in musicals.
Tom’s not singing the blues with plenty of projects on his plate including a Christmas album collaborating with The Dukes of Hazzards co-star John Schneider, with whom he maintains a brotherly friendship. He envisions duets with John accompanied by a horn section swinging your favorite yuletide classics; possibly recording a rendition of Baby It’s Cold Outside.
Tom's also working on a double vinyl album of I’ve Got Your Number which he describes, ‘one side will be the party record, the up-tempo songs and one will be the bedroom record, the red wine record with the slow songs.’
There is no slowing down for Tom, who at 61 says he still feels like 16. He’ll be touring more dates in the fall for I’ve Got Your Number, performing on stage as the sheriff in A Trip To Bountiful and has an ABC Family television film Lovestruck:The Musical, out in April.
It's good to talk.