Welcome to One Toke Tom, the personal website of Tom Shipley

Hello, and thank you for visiting my website. I’ve been a content creator all my life, and now have a way to share it with you.

-Tom Shipley

Tom's Latest Stories

Hollywood Part 1


Recently I did a series of stories called “Folkies.” In it, I talked about folk-rock and its origins in the coffee houses of the late 1950s and early 1960s. The stories were surprisingly... Read More

Streets Of America


I do my best to keep politics out of my posts on One Toke Tom and Facebook. There is a song Brewer and Shipley wrote that, like some others, could be taken as... Read More

Go Chiefs


The Kansas City Chiefs. Decades of heartache. The discomfort of wearing a bag over one’s head season after season.  It seemed I had become like an old Chicago Cubs fan. Hoping for the... Read More

Folkies (Part 4)


The time had come to start thinking realistically about my future. I had been looking for a break since I became a musical gypsy after graduation. Where, I wondered, was home. Toronto, Cleveland,... Read More