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the official homepage for guitar legend Tom Principato.
Tom has been setting the telecaster
on fire all across the globe with some of the finest performers
for over 25 years.
Tom has performed on dozens of blues recordings
and is still making ground breaking american music enjoyed
by fans across the world.
The Tom Principato band enjoys the passionate virtuosity of Jay Turner on bass, Joe Wells on drums and Josh Howell on Congas, percussion and vocals and harmonica. Tommy Lepson also appears frequently as a guest with the band on organ and vocals.
Newest CD is out!!!
Robert Johnson Told Me So
The new CD features return guest appearances by Chuck Leavell, (Stones, Allman Bros., Sea Level, John Mayer) Willie Weeks (bass, Eric Clapton) and Jim Brock (drums Kathy Mattea) as well as some of the best musicians from the Washington, D.C. area including members of Tom's current performing and road band: Tommy Lepson- keyboard & vocals, Joe Wells-drums, Josh Howel -vocals & percussion, Steve Wolf bass, and two different horn sections led by arranger/baritone saxophonist Christ Watling. This CD is comprised entirely of original compositions.
Fred Chapellier & Tom Principato
"Guitars on Fire" • Tour 2011
We are proud to present Fred Chapellier & Tom Principato "Guitars On Fire" Recorded live at the famous French Club Chez Paulette on their last tour together in 2011.
Look for Tom & Fred to tour Europe this July 2012 to promote the CD and do more Smokin' shows together!
Fred Chapellier & Tom Principato
"Guitars on Fire"
"Raising the Roof ~ Deluxe Remastered and Remixed Edition
We are pleased to announce the re-mixed & re-mastered edition of the Tom Principato Classic CD "Raising The Roof!". There's a much more "organic" and clearer sound to the recording, re-mixed by Bob Dawson and re-mastered by Mike Monseur at Bias studios Springfield, Va., and there are different versions of some of the songs. Included is a bonus cut: a live version of "Don't Wanna Do It" from the band's appearance at the Montreux, Switzerland Jazz Festival this past July, re-done art work and new and "greener" & environment friendly digipak packaging.
"Raising the Roof"
Deluxe Remastered Edition
MONTREUX SWITZERLAND JAZZFEST HUGE SUCCESS!!!
Tom and the Band (Joe Wells drums, Josh Howell congas & percussion, Tommy Lepson organ & vocals and Steve Wolf bass) just returned to USA from a bang up show at the Montreux Jazz festival at the "Music In The Park" stage for a crowd of about 2,500!
Praise for "A Part of Me"...
"From the first chord to the last, the guitar master Tom Principato’s latest studio release, “A Part of Me,” is a winner in every sense..."
--->Read the complete review here!
“In the Middle of the
Night” from Tom's Raising the Roof CD is available to
listen to and for free download now!
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TPB just won the "Gary
Allen's Best Song in the World" contest for
"Don't Wanna Do It"! This excellent song features
Sonny Landreth & Chuck Leavell. Here's
what Gary Allen (The Charlie Daniels Band/JJ
Cale/Stonewall Jackson) had to say:
"I couldn't agree more
that if Eric Clapton packed it in and turned over the pick
to a successor, that could easily be Tom Principato.
I love the clever, bluesy cover of JJ Cale's "Lies".
I wouldn't be surprised if next month I was writing Tom
up as my Sonicbids contest winner. I told him the competition
was as stiff as Al Gore but it didn't scare him any. The
performances are dynamic and bombastic and Tom's voice has
that fullness and body that his friend Stevie Ray Vaughan
and Clapton possess. If I had the cash to buy one new blues
artist CD this year, I would proudly hand it over for The
Tom Prinicipato Band."
Tom now endorses Curt Mangan guitar strings!
Tom is very pleased to announce that he now endorses Curt Mangan Strings.
to WAMA for honoring the Tom Principato Band with a Wammie
Award for best Blues Recording for "Raising the Roof."
Vintage Guitar Magazine interviews Tom in one their feature
is featured in Vintage Guitar Magazine. Lots of great pictures
and in depth information in this excellent article. Here's
how it starts:
Tom Principato Band recently released Raising the Roof and
Principato sat with Vintage Guitar to discuss his history
and the instruments he has used while creating it. He has
resided in Boston, Pittsburgh,and Austin and is now settled
back in D.C., where he came of age listening to local legends.
really got interested in guitar from listening to my parents
records," he recalled. "Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Charlie
Christian. My parents were in their 30s when I was born and
there was a lot of swing music in the house when I was growing
up. I started playing the guitar when I was 11 and struggled
with it on into high school..."
here to see the whole Vintage Guitar Magazine article.
FROM VVT AMPS PRESIDENT
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of VVT Amps, Tony Albany, wrote the following letter of thanks.
and building an amplifier worthy of Tom’s already impressive
collection of Vintage amps, proved to be quite a challenge.
With Tom's design concept and the builders here at VVT Amps,
I am happy to say both Tom and I couldn't be more pleased
with his new Custom Shop VVT.
Tom for the opportunity to work with you and look forward
to a long and TONEFULL!! Relationship...
President VVT Amps
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to learn more.
pic is from the Jeff Sarli Tribute Concert at Chick Halls
Surf Club on Tues Oct. 10.
Tom is jamming with Kevin McKendree on piano, and Big Joe
Maher on drums.
by Linda Parker
"Music reminds us of the best that we are about"
--Wynton Marsalis on Emeril Live 8/21/06
"While I acknowledge that my primary function on Earth
is to be a musician, I also see that music is nothing more
than the essential component of humanity-it is all the same
material. My feeling is that the more I can learn about music,
the more I learn about other things. So far, it has worked
Birchmere was sold out and rockin' with over 500 fans on 2/24/07!
to everyone who came out to the show to party with Tom, Bill
Kirchen, and Tommy Lepson.
Tom just did an interview
with BluesWax's Ezine on February 9, 2005 called Sittin’
In With Tom Principato -
Guitar Thrills, Blues, and A World of Music from Tom Principato.
Tom's Anniversary DVD Celebrating 40 Years of Roots Guitar
This DVD features videos of Tom Principato in performance
from 1976 to 1998, captured on professional and amateur video.
It includes great moments of Tom with guitar greats like Albert
Lee, Danny Gatton, Duke Robillard, David Hidalgo (Los Lobos),
Little Jimmie King, and Pete Kennedy.
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• Fender guitars and amps
• Seymour Duncan pickups
• Curt Mangan Strings
• Roger Mayer effects
• Fulltone effects
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