Tom LePage

Tom LePage

 Salem, Oregon, USA

50's/60's/70's style Blues/Rock and originals. We don't cover songs, we interpret them - placing our personal stamp on everything we touch. If you can imagine the Rolling Stones channeling Bob Dylan, you're pretty close.


Bob Dylan's Grandmother (BDG)

What started as an acoustic duo 2001 has had many incarnations. We've tried keyboards, harmonica, an extra guitar, even a sax player briefly, but the trio format has proven to be the most consistently tight and we kept the same lineup - Tom LePage on guitar, Mike Sessa on drums, and Bill Veley on bass - from late 2005 to the end of the summer of 2009. Sadly, circumstances have retired Mike from drumming. A brief incarnation of the band during the summer of 2010 produced one very high energy show, but ... we lost that drummer to a jazz band. (One is reminded of the running drummer gag in Spinal Tap, eh?)

Currently, I am in hiatus, but hope to form a new band when the right chemistry manifests. I am undecided about whether to re-use the BDG moniker or form a band with a new name. I would like to find a drummer and a keyboard player who share a similar approach to making music. I'm working with a bass player on some duet material, but we have not yet decided on a name nor made any public appearances. Nonetheless, I can be found around the mid-Willamette valley at blues jams and open mics when my schedule permits.

BDG was based on a simple philosophy: only play whatever songs naturally come to life for the whole group. That way, we are always enjoying ourselves and the performance is never forced. Since all songs are in the repertoire by unanimous consensus, nobody holds back. I prefer to play songs that other bands in the area never play. Not to say we avoid all the usual suspects. Indeed, I love to play "Johnny B. Goode" as much as the next guy. But I lean towards the underappreciated gems like Daddy Cool's "Eagle Rock" and Lou Reed's "Rock and Roll." As the name implies, I love Mr. Zimmerman's work, both for his nearly always thoughtful material and for the fact that we can play his songs any way the spirit moves us.

If you love the music of the 60's, but are tired of uninspired covers, keep an eye out for the next lineup and give us a listen. Meanwhile, we leave you with some demos, live snippets, and the material from our EP.
-Tom LePage



Written By: Tom LePage

OLIVIA RAMONA, by Tom LePage 07/05/09

Verse 1:
Yours is the smile that sets a man apart;
Yours is the love a good man would fight for.
You bring healing to a wounded heart;
You are the life a good man would die for.

Olivia Ramona
Look out world, here she comes
Don’t say I … didn’t warn ya!
(2nd chorus: go to ENDING)
(1st chorus only):
Never let it be said that you were born at a bad time.
Whatever lies ahead, your being here
is always a good sign!

Verse 2:
You bring redemption to a guilty life.
For your affection good men will suffer.
You bring hope to uncertain times.
For your attention good men will prosper.


ENDING: (follows 2nd chorus)
Olivia Ramona (x4)

Copyright, 2009, Tom LePage


"A Little Somethin'"
4-song EP recorded in the summer of 2009 containing:
Olivia Ramona
A Friend Like Mine
One Step At a Time
Water Under the Bridge

Set List

We have even more than are shown here, but these are the ones we do often enough to be solid.

Buckets of Rain
Desolation Row
Don't Think Twice
Everything Is Broken
Forever Young
Fourth Time Around
Gotta Serve Somebody
Highway 61 Revisited
I Want You
It Ain't Me Babe
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, …A Train To Cry
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
Just Like A Woman
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
Knockin’ on Heavens Door
Lay Lady Lay
Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat
Like A Rolling Stone
Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
Lonesome Day Blues
Love Minus Zero
Maggie's Farm
Man Gave Names to all the Animals
Man In The Long Black Coat
Mr Tambourine Man
On The Road Again
One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)
Only a Hobo
Positively 4th Street
Queen Jane Approximately
Quinn the Eskimo
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
Shelter From The Storm
Stuck Inside Of Mobile… Again
Tangled Up in Blue
Thunder On The Mountan
Tomorrow Is a Long Time
When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky