Tom Waits remains one of the most distinctive, influential artists in contemporary music. With his trademark growl and dark lyrics, it’s hard to really place Tom Waits in any genre. He mixes jazz, blues, and industrial music with ballads and many of the performance aspects of vaudeville for something that is uniquely Tom Waits.
Tom Waits spent a greater part of his formative years in National City. While Waits currently resides with his family farther north in Sonoma, there’s no denying the influence of his National City upbringing, which has since immortalized the city in such songs as “The Ghost of Saturday Night (After Hours at Napoleone’s Pizza House)” and “I Can’t Wait to Get Off Work (and See My Baby on Montgomery Avenue)”.