“In Tom’s day, there was hard- ly much of a music industry in this country at all,” says Fremlin. “Thanks to him and others that fol- lowed, we enjoy a vibrant music en- vironment today that is the envy of the world.” During a 1990 performance in Tillsonburg, Connors was presented with a plaque of appreciation from the Tillsonburg Chamber of Com- merce. “Stomp on it!” someone in the audience yelled, referring to Tom’s trademark plywood stomp- ing board.

“This is something very special that I’ll hang on my wall,” Connors told the crowd. “And I’ll defy any- body who comes to my house and says, ‘Have you been to Tillson- burg?’” In 1993, Connors selected Frem- lin and Whiskey Jack to record a comeback album with him entitled Dr. Stompin’ Tom Connors eh? The al- bum was followed by a triumphant national tour. In 2004, Whisky Jack and Stompin Tom went on the road together again, culminating the tour with a sold-out show at Massey Hall, and an unprecedented perfor- mance on the Conan O’Brien Show. “It was an honour to share the stage with Tom during the last years of his Canadian musical journey,” says Fremlin. “So we share a lot of first hand tales during our show.” “Whiskey Jack is one of the most celebrated Roots/Country/Blue- grass bands in Canadian music,” says Country 107.3 General Manag- er Carolyn Lamers. “Add the incred- ible music of Stompin’ Tom and it’s a recipe for an unforgettable night of pure Canadian entertainment.”

(Left) Stompin’ Tom Connors released his song, “Tillsonburg” in 1971, recall- ing his short career harvesting tobacco. According to former Tillsonburg News editor Bill Pratt, some of the lines in the song were inspired by a conversation Connors had with radio station owner, John Lamers Sr. (grandfather of current Country 107.3 GM Carolyn Lamers).

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