Q: How many songs do you have to work from?
A:"About a thousand. I cover a lot of the old standards, the classic rock, the classic country and the classic blues. I play easy listening, do a couple of flamenco things and play a few bluegrass tunes. I also have a lot of my own material.
"I get bored with stuff, I think, long before the crowd does. I think the best compliment I've ever been given is they don't get tired of listening to me. That's a great compliment."
Q: Are there any songs you have to do every week or almost every week?
A:"I usually do something from Gordon Lightfoot just about anywhere I go, and there are certain people whose music I play from: Gordon Lightfoot, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Seger.
"And I have some original songs I play. I've written one called 'West Virginia Calling Me Home.' I'm hoping to get that one out there. I just want people to hear it."
Q: With playing at two very different places, is what you play different?
A:"At Los Agaves, especially when I play out on the patio, it can get a little more rambunctious, but I'm playing outside.
"Robert Wong, wonderful guy, the man who started the Bistro, I didn't know him until I started playing there. He came down one time to Los Agaves, I think, with his father-in-law. Anyway, he caught one of the later, higher energy sets, and he told me, 'Tom, you can do that at the Bistro in the last hour?' And I do if the energy is there, if that's what people want."
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.