Keeping The Blues Alive

Tom Hambridge is The White Willie Dixon

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Oftentimes, many of us only pay attention to the musician on the stage or the one whose name is on the album cover. We may notice the song credits but only see an unknown name we don’t care about who wrote the song. But, we should care about those individuals because without them, our favorite songs wouldn’t exist. Recording and performing music all the time is challenging work and adding the struggle of coming up with a whole catalog of songs on your own makes the process very demanding. That’s when you employ a talented music composer, and, in the blues, you should look no further than Tom Hambridge.

Tom Hambridge has been into music since before he can remember, picking up the drums at age five and “playing his first gig at a Bar Mitzvah in third grade.” His passion for music led him to go to Berklee College of Music and he decided to purse this path as a career.

He worked professionally with the blues Telecaster pioneer Roy Buchanan for three years as his drummer and vocalist before starting his own band that saw some minor success. Then by the mid-nineties, Tom Hambridge realized that he had an affinity for the writing side of music and he was really good at it. This started a now over twenty-year career as a producer and songwriter that has led him to work with musicians all over the spectrum. Some of the notable names he has written songs for include Susan Tedeshi (Nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album), Bernard Allison, Ana Popovic, Johnny Winter, Jeffrey Steele, Steve Crooper, Buddy Guy, Quinn Sullivan, Devon Allman, and I could keep going on and on.

This is one impressive musician who Buddy Guy has referred to as “The White Willie Dixon.” Of course, this is a huge compliment because Willie Dixon wrote a majority of our favorite blues songs in history. Look out for Tom Hambridge has he reemerges from behind the writer’s desk to join Joe Bonamassa on the fifth Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea Cruise.

Patrick Ortiz 

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