Tom 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).
Tom has also done brief stints with various acts including Billy Price
And The Keystone Rhythm Band, Big Mama Thornton, Johnny Adams, Sunnyland
Slim, James Montgomery, and a group called the Assassins with Jimmy Thackery,
former guitarist 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".
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 recorded eleven solos albums as well as two collaborations:
"Smokin'!" (1986), "I Know What You're Thinkin'..."
(1988), "Live In Europe 1988" (2001), "In Orbit" (1989),
"Blazing Telecasters" (1990), and "Oh No! More Blazing
Telecasters" (2005), "Tip Of The Iceberg" (1993), "In
The Clouds" (1995), "Really Blue" (1997), "Live &
Kickin'" (1999), "Not One Word" (2000), "Fingers On
Fire" with Pete Kennedy (2002), "House On
Fire" (2003), "Guitar Gumbo" (2005), and two DVD's: "Blazing
Telecasters" from a show recorded for Maryland Public Television
in 1984 with Danny Gatton, and "Anniversary DVD", a career retrospective.
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, Luxembourg, 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 21 "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, 2001, and
2005, 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.
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
Since the 1990's Tom has signed endorsement agreements with Fender Electric
Guitar Co., DR String Co., Seymour Duncan pickups, and Roger Mayer effects
pedals. (Roger Mayer personally made effects pedals and experimental electronic
gadgets for Jimi Hendrix).
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.
In addition to being a Master crafstman on the Guitar, Tom is a prolific
composer, having composed over 50 songs which have been published through
BMI by French Lady Music
Tom Principato's website is www.TomPrincipato.com
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