Dr. Tom’s Music

Free Music for You and Your Friends

Fresh from the Carrboro Creativity Studio
Locally Owned by Dr. Tom Hoban since 2011

Dr. Tom Pickin’ in 2011

Hip Cats Jammin'

Hip Cats Jammin’ Their Blues Away!!

Here you will find ORIGINAL recordings of songs I have either composed or love the most.  You are free to download and share my music widely with friends and family.  Some are my respectful interpretations of songs most of us already know and like.  I also love jamming along with rare songs on harmonica, guitar or whatever is handy!!  

Here are my latest musical creative excursions.
I am singing and/or playing miscellaneous parts. 

The following tracks were recorded after July 1, 2012.

Dr Tom in Studio with Jimi – 2012

(Learn How Below)

Dr. Tom Singing and Playing all Parts of Famous Songs

Playing Goalie Outside my Front Door

Dr.Tom Playing on Top of Downloaded Drum Loops

The following music tracks were created as original songs by Dr. Tom Hoban.  Starting with free drum loops from the Internet (averaging 12-20 seconds); Dr. Tom added guitar(s) and harmonica.   These were further enhanced through Audacity.  These will provide the basis for artistic music videos (coming soon.)  All are copy-written (c) by Dr. Tom Hoban (2012). 

Sure Would Have Loved to Be There. I did see each individually!!

Dr. Tom Plays Guitar along with Rare Blues Recordings

Dr. Tom Plays But Does Not Sing Famous Songs (Karaoke)

Coming Soon

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The following tracks were recorded on or before August 1, 2011

First you will find me playing all parts on the classic 1966 hit “Born in Chicago” by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band.  It may take time to load.

Click Here for Born in Chicago

Dr. Tom @ 16 (1968)


Next, I combine several of my favorite songs.  Listen here to my versions of “Mr. Bojangles” and some Creedence songs (but “I would not hold out much hope for those tapes Mr. Lybowski.”)

Click to Hear Mr. Bojangles Out My Back Door


Mr. Natural said “Keep on Truckin!!”

The above tracks are relatively recent. 
It is also possible to listen to my older recordings

I keep getting better – faster (geometric progression!)

Click Below to Listen to Me Picking and Singing in Mid-June (2011) and earlier: 

Music and Dance are best seen as  Community Projects!!

RECORDED JUNE 28-29, 2011

These songs are fresh and clean – kinda like my life!!  Seriously, I am pretty impressed with how I sound on the following songs — just me and my guitar!!

The Gulf of Mexico

Steve Earle wrote this wonderful song about the BP Oil disaster in the gulf.  I have slowed it a bit and sung it like Johnny Cash would have.  I also am very mad at the producers of Treme (HBO) that decided to shoot Steve in the face.  Same stupid attitude that caused them to have John Goodman kill himself last season.

Tribute to Janis Joplin

This is my tribute to my soul sister and cosmic lover – Janis Joplin.  I sing and play the great Kris K song “Me and Bobby McGee.”  Then I wrap it up with an A-Capella version of “Piece of My Heart.”

For What it’s Worth – Season of the Witch

These two classic sixties anthems have basically the same chords and rhythm.  Steve Stills wrote “For what it’s Worth” for his new band – The Buffalo Springfield – while watching the Watts riots in 1965.  The other song was by Donovan called “Season of the Witch.”

RECORDED JUNE 15-20, 2011

Here you can experience songs that are mostly just me pickin my Fender Strat-accoustic through my Line 6 amp.  I have a great BLUE microphone.  Mostly I am now using  finger-style pickin (like Lightning Hopkins and Magic Sam – Not to mention Woody and Dylan!!)  Enjoy and share widely with friends!!

Like a Rolling Stone – Dylan & Jimi

Route 66 & Walkin the Dog – Rolling Stones

Tom Joad – Woody Guthrie

Ghost of Tom Joad – Bruce Springsteen

Give Me Three Steps Mister

My Tribute to Muddy Waters

Bob-A-Way My Blues

Dr. Tom Smiling in 2011


The following set of six songs feature Dr. Tom Hoban on vocals and electric guitar.  No overdubs – only some basic audio editing.  I am playing and singing with all my heart and soul.  BTW I first learned to play guitar at age 13 in 1965 (after seeing Beatles and Stones on Ed Sullivan).

I recorded these six songs on in Carrboro, NC on Saturday night (6/4/11) in my home studio.   Pretend I am playing a live concert for you.  The guitar on these tracks is a vintage Fender Strat-Acoustic kickin’ ass through a Line Six Amp.  Technology enables me to make my guitar sound like Jimi, Jerry and anyone who gives me such permission.  After all, as Jerry Garcia said “I am only a channel.”

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Girl from the North Country

This first song was written by Bob Dylan over 50 years ago.  He and Johnny Cash had a big hit with this song from their wonderful collaboration titled Nashville Skyline.   Other awesome versions of this song have been recorded by Sam Bush, Tony Rice, and others.  In my case I am definitely channeling Johnny Cash with my voice and attitude!!

Going Up (Out of) the Country

The above song is based on the classic by Canned Heat – Going up the Country.  They played this at Woodstock.  Lead vocals and guitar at that time were by the “Blind Owl” Wilson who also died @ 27.   I changed it around and jammed to how I want to go OUT OF THIS COUNTRY.  (“We might even leave the USA.)  Here I also play (pay) tribute to the most sophisticated and successful country in the world – the Netherlands (a.k.a., known as Holland.)  The USA need to learn answers to the most pressing problems (e.g., hog lagoons, coastal flooding, crowding, transport and so on.)  The Dutch have the most progressive and responsible political system in the world!!  We all need to start growing our own weed.  Here my rap about that!!

Mr. Natural said “Keep on Truckin!!”

My Uncle

This song was recorded and written by Roger McGuinn and the Byrds.  When I was 18 (in 1970) I was eligible for the Viet Nam draft.  Luckily my lottery number was high.  Otherwise I would acted insane of left the country.

Wild Thing

This song is a classic recorded by “The Troggs.”  My version is done in a Hippie-Hendrix style.

Bob Marley and his Radiant SMILE

Bob Marley Tribute

Bob Marley was a modern day prophet who popularized a whole genre of music – REGGAE.  In this tribute I combine lseveral Bob Marley songs.  I also explain about his life, legacy, music, and death.  CLICK the ABOVE link.

Jamaican Farewell

I used to listen to the last song when I was under ten.  My dad would drink a bit and then put on records.  This classic is from Harry Belafonte.  It captures the spirit of the Islands – Jah Rastafari!!


Here are some recordings I made two days earlier.  Not polished but still sound pretty good 2 me.  The main thing with the songs that I cover have GREAT words.   They will be here and heard in 100 years (that is if humans still are around.)

The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

This is perhaps the most powerful and poignant anti-war protest song I have heard.  This is about the soldiers who were forced to leave their Australian homeland to fight a foreign war (WW I.)  This version is done by the Irish folksinger Clancy Makum

Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport

Another song from “Down Under” that is much more uplifting and happy than the one above.  This version that I jam with is by The Brothers Four.

Big City – Thanks Merle

Merle Haggard provided the Grateful Dead with “Mama Tried.”  He also wrote the Anti-hippie anthem “Okie from Muskogie.”  So put that in your pipe and smoke it.

We R Big BOSS Men

This is an old country song that the Grateful Dead did often while Pigpen was alive.  This is “Deadicated” to Ron McKernan.

Raised on Chicago Blues

I was conceived and raised in Chicago.  I was fortunate to see Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Paul Butterfield and others as a kid growing up outside Chicago in the late 60’s.

Friend of the Devil 4 Jerry

I have played this song many different ways over last three decades.  This is “Deadicated” to Waylon Jennings – as well as of course Mr. Jerry Garcia.

Mr Bojangles and JJTom Joad – Woody Guthries Story

Jerry Jeff Walker is a brilliant musician.  I sing the song he did about “London Homesick Blues.”  He is also very lucky (i.e., Karmicly Blessed.)  After spending some time in a New Orleans jail he wrote “Mr. Bojangles.”  That amazing song was covered in the mid-sixties by Sammy Davis Jr. and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  Since that time Jerry Jeff gets to do what he pleases – either in America or BELIZE.

Hep Cats Jammin'


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