Tobin Sprout

Tobin Sprout is an American artist and musician, born on April 28, 1955, he is best known for his contributions as a member of indie rock group Guided by Voices. A self taught musician, Sprout played with and was a major collaborator to the Dayton, OH band Guided By Voices. Employing a four-track recorder and a home studio he contributed to the unique lo-fi sound of Guided by Voices and he was a member of the band from 1987 through 1997. The band frequently recorded in Sprout's home studio, and as a member of the band he contributed as a co-writer, multi-instrumentalist and studio engineer. Guided by Voices songs written by Sprout include "It's Like Soul Man," "Awful Bliss," and "Atom Eyes". Since the 1997 split he has appeared on three Guided by Voices recordings. Contributing piano to the Isolation Drills song "How's My Drinking?" and guitar to the Half Smiles of the Decomposed tracks "Girls of Wild Strawberries" and "Huffman Prairie Flying Field" the latter of which was the final track on the album. Although a visual artist by trade, he has continued to write his own music, releasing Carnival Boy in 1996, Moonflower Plastic in 1997 and Let's Welcome the Circus People in 1999.


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