Tom Principato


Tom Principato , for a long time partner of Danny Gatton within Blazing Telecasters and of Jimmy Thackery with the group The Assassins is considered as one of the masters of the bluesy electric guitar. He created a very personal sound, and the lightest of his solos is carefully thought and built.

Known for a long time as one of the most precious guitarists at the world level, Tom principato continues, album after album, to suprise by his level and his capacity to be renewed. Tom received during his career not less than 22 Wammies (Awards decerned by the Washington Area Music Association : WAMA) such as “Best Blues Guitarist”, “Best Blues Recording” and “Best Bluyes Vocalist”. Tom Principato band built moreover his international reputation by tourning constantly in the USA but also through all Europe. The band of Tom Principato also includes John Perry on bass too, Joe Wells on drums and Josh Howell (Congas and percussions).

For this new album, Tom Principato was joined by Tommy Lepson who brings the support of his orgue Hammond B3 full of feeling and by some others guests who come enrich the texture of the ensemble.

“Raising The Roof” proposes 9 titles among wich 6 original which show the extent of Tom’s influences which go of Blues to Jazz by way of Rock, Funk, Reggae and rythms of New-Orleans. The three “covers” choosen for the album are “8 Counts For Rita”, one title Jazzy by Jimmy Smith, “Lies” by J.J. Cale and the famous classic of R&B “Fish Fry” by Louis Jordan, whom he brings funky and jamaïcan spices.

In addition, a live title of the master of the Telecaster to watch on computer.

Tom Principato will be soon on roads, clubs and festivals to present on stage his new opus. Don’t miss out!


Raising the roof

Label: Dixifrog
Release date: March 13, 2008

On Raisinn’ the Roof, the Tom Principato Band is joined by long-time DC-area favorite Tommy Lepson, who contributes his soulful Hammond B3 organ playing and vocals, as well as several other special guests. The new album showcases nine songs (including 6 originals) that demonstrate the breadth of Tom’s musical influences ranging from blues, jazz and rock, to funk, reggae and New Orleans sounds.The three covers include a jazzy workout of Jimmy Smith’s “8 Counts for Rita,” a cooking take on J.J. Cale’s “Lies,” and a new version of Louis Jordan’s “Fish Fry” that brings on the funk and Jamaican flavors to this R&B classic, a long-time staple of the band’s live shows.

The Tom Principato Band will begin a world-wide tour in support of Raising the Roof shortly after its release, including showcase club dates and festival shows. Don’t miss it.

Tom Principato - Raising the roof