Thanks for coming to 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 Matt Everhart 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.

Tom's Newest CD is out!!!
Live and Still Kickin'!

Enjoy our new 2 disc DVD/CD set "Live & Still Kickin'!" Live at the Barns Of Wolf Trap with special guests Tommy Lepson organ & vocals, Josh Howell Percussion, vocals & harmonica, Joe Wells drums, Jay Turner bass, and a 3 piece horn section led by Chris Watling baritone sax, w/John DeSalme tenor sax and Justine Miller trumpet. Also included are 3 songs filmed on tour in France with Jim Brock drums, Josh Howell Percussion, vocals & harmonica, Jay Turner bass and Renaud Cugny keyboards. The official Worldwide release date is Oct. 2 

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Announcing our release promotion shows:
Sunday, Oct. 11 at Bethesda Blues & Jazz
Fri. Oct. 16 at Creative Alliance in Baltimore

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!

guitars on fire cdFred Chapellier & Tom Principato
"Guitars on Fire"
Tour 2011


"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.

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"Raising the Roof"
Deluxe Remastered Edition


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..."

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“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 Principato EPK on Sonicbids!

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Tom now endorses Curt Mangan guitar strings!

Tom is very pleased to announce that he now endorses Curt Mangan Strings.


Thank you WAMA!

Thanks 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 articles!

Tom is featured in Vintage Guitar Magazine. Lots of great pictures and in depth information in this excellent article. Here's how it starts:

The 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.

"I 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..."

Click here to see the whole Vintage Guitar Magazine article.


VVT made an oustanding custom shop amp for Tom. The President of VVT Amps, Tony Albany, wrote the following letter of thanks.


Designing 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.

Thanks Tom for the opportunity to work with you and look forward to a long and TONEFULL!! Relationship...

Tony Albany
President VVT Amps


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This pic is from the Jeff Sarli Tribute Concert at Chick Halls Surf Club on Tues Oct. 10.

Tom is jamming with Kevin McKendree (of The Delbert McClinton Band) on piano, and Big Joe Maher on drums.

Photo by Linda Parker

Notable Quotes

"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 for me.
--Pat Metheny

The Birchmere was sold out and rockin' with over 500 fans on 2/24/07!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the show to party with Tom, Bill Kirchen, and Tommy Lepson.


Read Tom's interview with BluesWax's Ezine called Sittin’ In With Tom Principato -
Guitar Thrills, Blues, and A World of Music from Tom Principato.

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Tom Principato uses and endorses…
Fender guitars and amps
Seymour Duncan pickups
Curt Mangan Strings
Roger Mayer effects
Fulltone effects

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