2018 Blues Hall of Fame Artist


Blues Rock Journeyman, Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter


New Album: "World of Broken Hearts" Coming February 14, 2020

Host of popular blues podcast www.ChasingTheBluesPodcast.com


2018 CT & NY Blues Hall of Fame Inductee

"Rock on. Proud to have been with you every step of the way!"   

Beehive Queen of Rock n Blues Christine Ohlman (SNL House Band)


Tom The Suit Forst, a lifelong musician whose style has been called a cross between Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Joe Walsh, will release his new album "World of Broken Hearts" on Valentines Day, February 14, 2020. The 5-song EP features guest vocalists Christine Ohlman, Ethan Isaac, guitarist Paul Nelson (Johnny Winter Band), guitarist Ryan Hommel (Amos Lee Band), blues harp player James Montgomery, and drummer Travis McNabb (Sugarland, Better Than Ezra).


A music video for "Late Night Train is to be released in January 2020. The video, co-directed by Marc Alan with Director of Photography John Shyloski, was filmed in the streets of Harlem, and in the New York City subway. A second feature video has been filmed at the historic Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, CT, stylized as a modern take on "The Last Waltz." The song and video feature a duet vocal performance by Tom Forst with vocal powerhouse Christine Ohlman.


Tom The Suit Forst is an artist with an impressive resume for someone who didn't start his professional music career until the age of 57. He had been a corporate media executive for a major television company until the day he and his wife paid the last college tuition bill for their children. With that, Tom enacted a plan that was several years in the making - he became a full time musician and recording artist.


His unique story, which has been chronicled by Forbes Magazine, as well as by television news programs, radio and newspapers, has included a solo album produced by Grammy winner Paul Nelson, and being inducted into the New York and Connecticut Blues Hall of Fame. In 2018, he started a weekly podcast called "Chasing the Blues," which just completed its fiftieth episode, the finale of its Season One. The podcast, endorsed by the Blues Foundation, explores the history and impact of the blues as world music, and features interviews with other blues artists such as Mike Zito, Anthony Gomes and Joe Louis Walker.


At 69 years of age, Tom The Suit Forst has no intention of slowing down. With the release of "World of Broken Hearts," The Suit, as he is often called by fans, plans to tour straight through 2020, including a second tour of China, where he first visited in 2018. Tom is currently endorsed by Occhinerri Guitars, Eastwood Guitars, and JoYo Technology.

I live every note that I play and breathe every lyric that I write. To have others be touched by my music is the ultimate reward."   

Tom The Suit Forst

American Bluesman and Blues-Rock Journeyman, Guitarist and Songwriter Tom The Suit Forst is one of the most riveting and electrifying performers on the modern blues scene. 

"I live every note that I play and breathe every lyric that I write. To have others be touched by my music is the ultimate reward."   Tom The Suit Forst

"Rock on. Proud to have been with you every step of the way!"   Beehive Queen of Soul Christine Ohlman (Saturday Night Live Band)


News From The Suit

December 18, 2019

In a special 50th episode of his popular weekly podcast "Chasing the Blues," Tom Forst celebrated the end of season 1, along with announcing plans for Season 2 to begin in January 2020. The episode featured interview clips from throughout the first season, with blues artists like Mike Zito Anthony Gomes, and Albert Catiglia. The podcast also included a leaked song from Tom's new album "World of Broken Hearts," which is to be r...

April 2, 2019

Tom The Suit Forst is proud to announce a new endorsement deal with guitar pedal and musical equipment manufacturer Joyo Technology.

"The thing I have to say about Joyo is that I actually use their product on my touring pedal board. I look for pedals that have a unique or natural sound character. They're also not really expensive, which makes them accessible to anyone, but they're well made, with interesting design features, so...

March 13, 2019

Tom The Suit Forst's song "Cross Your Border" is now available on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify and other streaming outlets. The video for the song has passed 12,000 views and continues to build steam.




Featuring daunting images of the US-Mexican border wall, as well as people cau...

January 12, 2019

Nuevo Videoclip “Cross Your Border” ya disponible en Youtube

El ultimo videoclip del guitarrista y compositor del salon de la fama del blues, Tom “The Suit” Forst, es una canción llamada “Cross Your Border”, ya disponible en Youtube.

El video contiene imágenes del desalentador muro en la frontera entre Estados Unidos y Mexico, como también personas afectadas por las secuelas políticas de ambos lados del muro. La canción y el vid...

January 8, 2019

Music artists today are getting quite used to the sight of fans holding cell phones during shows, either to capture photographs or moments of the show on video. But only in Beijing, China has Tom The Suit Forst experienced a fan he never met before being inspired to sketch the performance on paper. The artwork is quite amazing, some of which was given to The Suit, and some of which he autographed for the very skilled, deservin...

January 5, 2019

The latest music video from Blues Hall of Fame guitarist and singer/songwriter Tom The Suit Forst is for a song called "Cross Your Border," now available on YouTube.

The video features daunting images of the US-Mexican border wall, as well as people caught up in the political fallout on both sides of the border. The song and video, however, are less a political statement than a reflection of the human struggle at the heart of t...

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