There’s so much creative energy coursing through Lee Harvey Osmond’s veins, he can’t contain it all in one form of expression — or even one identity. Which is why the Hamilton, Ontario, man known as Tom Wilson has forged an alter-ego from a pop-culture mash-up of JFK’s killer and the famed family of singing Mormons. That’s in addition to his identification since the ‘90s as a member of now-defunct Canadian rock band Junkhouse and the very-much-alive Americana entity of Blackie & the Rodeo Kings.
His website describes Lee Harvey Osmond’s most recent album, Beautiful Scars, as one “redolent with swooning horns and guitars that bob and weave…” It goes on to say that “Wilson’s voice, forever the hallmark of his sound which spans over three decades of work, is like a warm hand to the forehead, an arm on the arm of the stricken, a comforting growl at the heart of a screaming world.”
Wilson has used the Osmond moniker for three solo albums, including his 2015 Latent Recordings release Beautiful Scars, produced by the Cowboy Junkies’ Michael Timmins. That’s also the title of Wilson’s upcoming Random House/Penguin memoir and the inspiration for his latest collaboration with filmmaker Jeth Weinrich, a trilogy of shorts titled Where the Dirt Ends the Love Begins …, that’s set to music from the album. The “beautiful scars” concept also infuses his large-format paintings; Wilson is an established visual artist whose work suggests influences from Picasso to ancient tribes.
Oh, and he illustrates children’s books (he’s a grandfather of two). And just played God in a film.