“Tom is such a creative writer & musician. Someone like that comes along only once in a lifetime. I call him the white Willie Dixon!” (Buddy Guy)
“Tom is a wonderfully talented musician, who has an amazing gift for writing hit songs." (Susan Tedeschi)
MUSIC ROW MAGAZINEE – “Hambridge is a super roots rocker on his new Bang n' Roll CD. He is making noise in Music City as a producer, drummer and passion-packed vocalist. As a songwriter, he has cuts by Lynyrd Skynyrd, George Thorogood, Delbert McClinton, Buddy Guy and Susan Tedeschi, as well as country acts such as Jeffrey Steele and Keith Anderson. If you love Seger, Springsteen, Mellendamp and Petty you're gonna dig Bang n' Roll. A lot.”
What do Buddy Guy, Delbert McClinton, Hank Williams Jr., BB King, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Meat Loaf, Montgomery Gentry, Johnny Winter, Gretchen Wilson, George Thorogood, Susan Tedeschi and Walt Disney Pictures all have in common? Grammy® Award-Winning Producer, ASCAP Award winning Songwriter, & FOUR-Time Grammy®-Nominated Drummer
A native son of Buffalo, New York, Tom started playing drums at the the age of 5 and was in his first band, Undertow, in the 3rd grade. Tom’s formal education began with a scholarship to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he frequently returns as a guest lecturer. After years of touring and performances with the many of the biggest names in the business (Chuck Berry, Roy Buchanan, The Drifters and many others), as well as producing, writing & touring with his own band T.H. & The Wreckage, Tom set his sights on Nashville TN where he lives and works today as a producer, songwriter, drummer & performer.
As a drummer, Tom has recorded and toured with BOSTON, Hank Williams Jr., James Taylor, Delbert McClinton, Ben Orr (The Cars), Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals), Jonatha Brooke and Bo Diddley, and has appeared as drummer/bandleader for Chuck Berry, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas and Roy Buchanan.
As a songwriter, Tom Hambridge is on fire. Tom wrote five songs on Lynyrd Skynyrd's CD Vicious Cycle and has a song on Skynyrd's platinum-selling THYRTY greatest hits collection on MCA. Tom co-wrote two songs on Keith Anderson's Arista CD including his Top 5 hit "Every Time I Hear Your Name" which was the 15th most-played song on on country radio for 2006. Tom has 3 songs on Van Zant's gold selling debut release and has 3 songs, including the title track on their new release, My Kind Of Country and he wrote Van Zant's latest single "Goes Down Easy". Tom has a song on Rodney Atkins platinum-selling debut release, If You're Going Through Hell. He wrote 4 songs on Delbert McClinton's Grammy-winning CD Cost Of Living and wrote two songs on Delbert’s 2009 release Acquired Taste. He has two songs on Susan Tedeschi's live CD and a song on Shemekia Copeland's The Soul Truth. Tom's song "I Fell In Love", sung by Susan Tedeschi, is featured in the film and on the soundtrack for the new movie "Bug". Most recently, 70’s rocker Meat Loaf recorded Tom’s song Boneyard. It is the B side of his latest single Los Angeloser and the BONUS iTunes track from his latest release, Hang Cool Teddy Bear. American Idol Runner-Up Danny Gokey’s RCA Debut CD My Best Days, features Life On Ya; Gretchen Wilson’s New CD features Walk On Water and the title track I Got Your Country Right Here, both written by Tom.
As a Producer, Tom has worked with many of the best in the business. He received a 2011 Grammy® for Best Contemporary Blues Album (Producer of Buddy Guy’s ‘Living Proof’) and 2004 Grammy® nomination for his role as Producer of Johnny Winter‘s recording “I’m a Bluesman.” In 2008, Tom produced a star-studded group of musicians including Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks and Robert Randolph on Buddy Guy’s CD, Skin Deep which was nominated for a Grammy® for Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year. Skin Deep is Buddy’s highest charting record of all time and earned a formidable number of positive reviews as well as winning Album of the Year in 2009 at the Blues Music Awards.
In addition he produced Susan Tedeschi‘s Platinum-selling, Grammy® nominated “Just Won’t Burn” CD. Tom wrote her Top 10 Triple A hits “Rock Me Right” and “It Hurt So Bad.” He has also co-produced and written songs on George Thorogood‘s last three CD’s, one of which debuted as #1 on the Billboard Blues Album Charts. Much to his kids’ delight, Tom has recorded vocals on tracks for two smash DISNEY hits, “Cars” (2006) and “Ratatoullie” (2007.) His latest Disney project entailed producing, arranging and playing drums on BB King‘s smooth and beautiful rendition of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”. Currently Tom’s music can be heard everywhere …. the BB King and Buddy Guy collaboration, ” Stay Around a Little Longer”, which was written and produced by Tom, is a historic first-time studio duet of the two legends. The song appears on Buddy’s newest Grammy® winning album, Living Proof, released October, 26 2010 to critical acclaim worldwide.
And if that’s not enough, Tom has released 5 critically acclaimed solo CD’s (Still Running/1995, Balderdash/2000, Bang ‘n Roll/2004, Tom Hambridge & The Rattlesnakes Live/2006 and Boogieman/2009) and will release a CD in 2011 that’s packed with Tom’s brand of bluesy rock ‘n roll called BOOM! Tom also actively tours with his band, Tom Hambridge & The Rattlesnakes. Tom and the band have toured with the likes of Willie Nelson, Kiss, Black Crowes, Jonny Lang and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Most recently Tom has been touring as Buddy Guy's special guest.