Tom Ballister

Tom Ballister

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Folk - Country | Truckee, California, United States
Total Song Plays: 5,444   
Member Since: 2004
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Started playing and writing music as a youth in Spartanburg, SC, as well as into radio broadcasting. Did a number of dumb things in those days (but also jammed) with high school fraternity brothers Tommy & Toy Caldwell, who eventually formed Marshal Tucker Band.

Went off to the Navy at 17 (actually, I got thrown out of the house for being an idiot.) I learned many years later that a Tommy took over at bass for the Esquires, the band I was in at the time. We all miss those boys.

At 21 re-formed a band called the "Mauroks" that had come together while stationed in Asmara, Ethiopia (Africa). Had a record out called "Susan" on De-Lite records. Unbelievably someone posted it to YouTube (search for Mauroks). My last name was Kaup at the time, my step father's, and shows up on the label.

De-Lite was the same label that Kool & The Gang broke out on. We once did a promo tour with them, and also played a High School Prom :-) with Joe Walsh and the James Gang back when they were pushing their first album. What a freakin' kick that was.

Later got into production, then built and operated a studio on Long Island for a few years. In that process realized how much I didn't know about how stuff works and went back to school to study Electrical Engineering. Before finishing I got a job opportunity at Bell Telephone Laboratories (where the Transistor, Laser, Fiber Optics and a lot of and other stuff was invented). Have gone on to help form a number of technical start up companies, but have never lost the compulsion to write and produce.

I'm on to re-kindling those endeavors.