I Know What Youre Thinkin
Tip of the Iceberg
In the Clouds
Blues Over the Years
Live and Kickin’
Not One Word…
Live in Europe 1988
Fingers on Fire
House on Fire
Raising the Roof
A Part of Me
Told Me So
For 4 decades now "Roots Music For Your Soul" has been the mission as Tom and his band deliver passionate performances of Funky Roots music with Scorching Guitar... As one reviewer mused: "Be careful, or Tom Principato could easily topple one of your current guitar heroes from their lofty pedestal..." After 45+ years and a career that boasts 18 albums, 29 "Wammie" awards in numerous categories from the Washington, DC Music Assoc. and over 5,000 gigs which includes over 50 tours of Europe, Tom Principato has been taking his Indie infused eclectic roots mixture of Rock, Blues, Funk, and Latin Sounds all over the World...
Principato has spent the last 40+ years as a guitarist
and singer based in his hometown of Washington, D.C.
In the 1970's, Tom was leader of the legendary band
Powerhouse, an East Coast phenomenem who released an
album "Night Life" to critical acclaim. Tom
also did a one year stint with Geoff Muldaur and recorded
an album "I Ain't Drunk" (Hannibal/Island
Records 1980) with the band Geoff Muldaur and His Bad
Feet members of which included Andy Stein (Asleep At
The Wheel), Mark
Kazanoff (Earl King) and Sarah Brown (Lou Ann Barton).
Partners In Crime
|| Tom has also done brief stints with
various acts including Billy Price And The Keystone Rhythm
Band, Big Mama Thornton, Sunnyland Slim, James Montgomery,
and a group called The Assassins with Jimmy Thackery,
former guiatrist with The Nighthawks. Tom appears on two
albums with the Assassins, "No Previous Record"
(1986) and "Partners In Crime" (1987) which
won a "Wammy Award".|
| In 1984 Tom began a solo career, notably
recording a live album with the late Washington guitar
legend Danny Gatton titled "Blazing Telecasters".
This album was considered by The National Academy Of Recorded
Arts And Sciences (NARAS) for a Grammy Nomination.
Since 1984 Tom has released:
The band has toured clubs and festivals
extensively in the U.S., Canada, and Europe including Norway,
Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, France,
Slovenia, Finland, Italy, Sardegna, Corsica, Spain, Portugal,
Majorca, Menorca, St. Croix, and even Greece and Turkey!
In addition to winning first place in the WHFS/Harmony Hut
"Guitar Talent Hunt" (1980) Tom has won a total
of 22 "WAMMY" Awards from the Washington Area Music
Association. In 1986, "Smokin'!" won three Wammy
Awards; Best Blues Album, Best Male Vocalist-Blues, and Best
Blues Instrumentalist. In 1987 Tom won four Wammy Awards;
Best Artist/Group-Blues, Best Male Vocalist-Blues, Best Instrumentalist-Blues,
and Best Recording-Blues for The Assassins "Partners
In Crime" album. In 1988 Tom won three more Wammies;
Best Blues Recording-"I Know What You're Thinkin'...",
Best Artist/Group-Blues, and Best Instrumentalist-Blues. Tom
also won Best Instrumentalist-Blues in 1992, 1995, 1996, 1999,
2000, and 2001, plus Best Male Vocalist-Blues in 1997. In
1999 "Live & Kickin'" won Best Blues Recording,
and Tom Principato Band won Best Blues Group. In 2003 "House
On Fire" won Best Blues Recording. In 2006 "Guitar
Gumbo" won best Blues Recording and Tom won Best Blues
Vocalist. Tom Principato Band was also voted "Blues Act
Of The Year"-1997 and "Blues Act Of The Month"
for Oct. 1997 by the listeners of "Talkin' Blues Radio"
Koln, Germany and Gitarre & Bass Magazine.
Since the 1990's Tom has signed endorsement agreements with
Fender Electric Guitar Co., DR String Co., Seymour Duncan
pickups, Roger Mayer effects pedals. (Roger Mayer personally
made effects pedals and experimental electronic gadgets for
Jimi Hendrix), and Soundseat: "The most comfortable music
seat ever built."
Tom's 1992 Recording "Tip Of The Iceberg" was co-produced
by Chuck Leavell, a keyboard player who has played with Eric
Clapton, George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, The Allman Brothers
Band, and Sea Level. Chuck also appears on Tom's "Really
Blue" CD. In 1995 Tom's song "In The Clouds"
was considered for another Grammy nomination.
In 2000 Tom's book "Open-String Guitar Chords" was
published world-wide by Hal Leonard Corporation.
Tom Principato's websites are: www.TomPrincipato.com