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Pub Rock And The 'Sad Bastard Club' Keep Guitarist Tom Heyman Going During COVID-19

Angela Lilley Bennett
Tom Heyman strums his guitar and sings into a mic in front of bookshelves.

Guitarist and singer Tom Heyman has hosted the "Sad Bastard Club" at the Make Out Room in San Francisco for nine years, featuring local musicians. In this interview, he talks about keeping that show going online and his pub rock album, “Show Business, Baby.”

I called it the 'Sad Bastard Club' as a joke and it stuck.

Tom Heyman grew up in New Jersey where he developed a love for the guitar. He moved to San Francisco in the 90’s and has been rocking it out in the Bay ever since. You may have heard Tom’s music on such shows as “True Blood,” “Justified” and “Damages.”

Watch episodes of the "Sad Bastard Club," which are filmed at the Make Out Room, on Youtube. Check out his album on Bandcamp.

Click the play button above to listen to the interview.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.