The music I make has been dubbed "dream folk." Basically, that means quiet, acoustic guitar songs that are fleshed out with echo-laden electric guitars, spacy synths, spooky strings and the like. Here's a descriptive blurb from another site:
"The dream folk music of Tom Hanson has recently been heard on national TV shows (One Tree Hill and Ghost Whisperer) and featured as a Top Editors Pick on CD Baby. Tom crafts quiet, haunting little tunes that have a hypnotic impact: swirling finger-picked acoustic guitar fuses with spaced-out synths and electric guitars and moody, mellow vocals. "
I've been making music like this for longer than I'd care to admit.
I play a handful of shows each year, mostly locally in Madison, WI. In recent years I have also played in Chcago and New York City.
Well, acoustic-based influences include Nick Drake, Elliot Smith, Stephen Duffy & the Lilac Time, Donovan, John White, Bert Jansch, Simon & Garfunkel, Kings of Convenience, Mark Kozelek, Fionn Regan ... you get the idea. Beyond that, there are oodles of great bands and artists that inspire, from the Beatles to My Bloody Valentine to Bach to Coltrane and many points in between.
I have a bunch of recording gear, nothing fancy or too special. My love is acoustic guitars ... my current favorite is a Gibson WM-10 from 1998.