Tom Principato Band

Tom Principato Band

 Falls Church, Virginia, USA
BandRockBlues

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...

Biography

As one reviewer mused: "Be careful, or Tom Principato could easily topple one of your current guitar heroes from their lofty pedestal..." After 38+ years and a career that boasts 17 albums, 27 "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, Funk, Blues and Latin Sounds all over the World----all along the way leaving audiences wowed and slack jawed with his virtuoso talent.

Audio clips here are from Tom's new CD "Robert Johnson Told Me So" and his "A Part Of Me" CD with special guests Sonny Landreth, Chuck Leavell (Stones, Allman Bros.), Brian Auger, Willie Weeks (bass, Clapton) Memphis Horns, and Jim Brock (drums Kathy Mattea, Don Dixon)

Recent events for the Band:
June/July 2013 A 4 week tour of France & Belgium 28 dates in 32 days, and an appearance for 7,000 with ZZ Top at Wolf Trap Filene Ctr. for the Arts Vienna, Va.
Oct. 2012 a tour of South America: Argentina & Chile
March 2011: Tom and Band is booked to play MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL July 15, 2011 at the Parc Vener Stage...!

May 2010 Tom's Song "Don't Wanna Do It" wins Gary Allen's "Best Song In The World" Contest on Sonicbids:
..."I couldn't agree more that if Eric Clapton packed it in and turned over the pick toa successor, that could easily be Tom Principato. I love the clever, bluesy cover of JJ Cale's "Lies". I wouldn't be surprised if next month I was writing Tom up as my Sonicbids contest winner. The performances are dynamic and bombastic and Tom's voice has that fullness and body that his friend Stevie Ray Vaughan and Claptonpossess. If I had the cash to buy one new blues artist CD this year, I would proudly hand it over for The Tom Prinicipato Band."-Gary Allen (The Charlie Daniels Band/JJ Cale/Stonewall Jackson)

"...whether he's singing or playing or just abusing his fretboard on "A Part Of Me", Tom Principato proves to be a soulfully charismatic and veteran journeyman of the highest order." Brian M. Owens Metronome Magazine Feb. 2011

"Principato plays a wonderful electric guitar throughout the stompin with fantastic lead interludesand Chuck Leavells Hammond work makes the entire effort a veritable Mardi Gras.Bottom line - this is great stuff. Looking back I have come to one ultimate truth that arose from our attempt to categorize guitarists. We all must find our own guitar Gods. This week Tom Principato is mine."http://ripplemusic.blogspot.com

"Principatos guitar-work here is fluid, tasteful, passionate and expertly executed. His vocals are wonderfully gruff and authentic." J. Blake/American Blues News

"Tom Principato is one of those excellent guitarists who plays great music that just happens to be deeply rooted in the blues, even though it may not always sound like classic blues music. The Washington D.C.-based musician has a new album, "A Part of Me" which brings in great sounds from all over the musical map in eight original songs, from flowing liquid jazz licks to fiery, bluesy solos and it all comes together in a package that showcase Principato's songwriting skills and guitar excellence.If you'd like a change-up from straight blues, you should check this out for its pure musicality and great musicianship." Jim White Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Tom Principato has built himself a huge and somewhat legendary status as one of the best Guitarists in the biz. Now with the release of "A Part Of Me" we all get a great opportunity to get acquainted with the magic that is, Tom Principato. All in all, "A Part Of Me" is an extremely well rounded offering from an Artist that has learned his trade very well over the last 40 years. Great lyrics and great music all rolled together into one of the finest releases so far this year and although it may be early in the New Year, I got a feeling that this Album will still be on a lot of our minds at years end. "A Part Of Me" was a thoroughly enjoyable listen and an Album that I will be listening to plenty. Fo rfans of extraordinary guitar playing, with a lot of extra goodies thrown in for good measure, "A Part Of Me" is a must have Album". John Vermilyea (Bl

Lyrics

PART OF ME

Written By: Tom Principato

PART OF ME
copyright 2008 Tom Principato

YOU'VE BEEN GONE SO LONG
YOU'RE JUST A FADED MEMORY
BUT DEEP DOWN INSIDE YOU MEAN SO MUCH TO ME
EVERY NOW AND THEN IT ALL COMES POURING OUT
A PLACE IN TIME I FORGOT ABOUT
CAN I RECONCILE MY PAST?
AND THESE MEMORIES THAT LAST
I TELL MYSELF IT'S JUST A DREAM BUT IT WAS
SO MUCH MORE THAN IT EVER SEEMED

I'VE GOT TO TRY AND GET THROUGH
IT'S TAKING A LOT THOUGH, TO DO
MELANCHOLY IS MY NAME
'CAUSE I'VE ONLY GOT MYSELF TO BLAME
WHEN WILL I LEARN NOT TO CRASH AND BURN
EVEN THOUGH IT'S MAY IT'S JUST ANOTHER RAINY DAY
HURTING REAL BAD I HATE BEING THIS SAD
IT'S JUST THE WAY I'VE BEEN MY WORLD IS CAVING IN

THERE ARE SOME THINGS
I JUST DON'T WANT TO SEE
BUT STILL THE TRUTH REMAINS
YOU'LL ALWAYS BE A PART OF ME
DAY AND NIGHT, NIGHT AND DAY
AND IT WILL ALWAYS BE THAT WAY
YOU'RE WITH ME ALL THE TIME AND IN THIS HEART OF MINE
HOW MUCH TIME WILL IT TAKE?
IF I CAN'T BEND I'LL SURELY BREAK

THERE ARE SOME THINGS I JUST DON'T WANT TO SEE
BUT THE TRUTH REMAINS YOU'LL ALWAYS BE A PART OF ME

DON'T WANNA DO IT

Written By: Tom Principato

DON'T WANNA DO IT copyright 2008 by Tom Principato

DON'T WANNA DO IT
BUT I HAVE TO LET YOU GO
DON'T WANNA DO IT
BUT I HAVE TO LET YOU GO
NEVER FELT SO DOWN NEVER FELT SO LOW

DON'T WANNA SAY IT BABE
DON'T WANNA SAY I TOLD YOU SO
DON'T WANNA SAY IT BABE
BUT I BELIEVE I TOLD YOU SO
BUT YOU WOULDN'T LISTEN
THERE WAS NOTHIN' YOU DIDN'T KNOW

DON'T WANNA DO IT
BUT NOW I HAVE TO SAY GOODBYE
DON'T WANNA SAY IT BABE
BUT NOW I HAVE TO SAY GOODBYE
IF ONLY YOU'D HAVE LISTENED
TO ALL THE REASONS WHY
BUT YOU WOULDN'T LISTEN
AND NOW WE HAVE TO SAY GOODBYE

In The Middle Of The Night

Written By: Tom Principato/Tommy Lepson

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT I CALL YOUR NAME
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT I CALL YOUR NAME
MY MEMORIES OF YOU ARE ALL THAT REMAIN

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY I DREAM OF YOU
BUT ALL OF MY DREAMS HAVE BEEN BROKEN IN TWO
I CAN STILL SEE YOUR FACE IN EVERYTHING I DO

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT I SING MY SAD SONG
OF HEARTACHE AND PAIN AND ALL OF THE WRONG
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT I KEEP HOLDING ON

Sweet Angel

Written By: Tom Principato

SWEET ANGEL

Chorus: Sweet Angel sent down to me
Just in time for my hour of need
Sweet Angel gonna watch and see
That nothin' bad gonna happen to me

Blessed life is that my Angel lives
So intent on love and give
Pick me up when I fall
Never pays no mind at all
If I should stray into dark from the light
Sweet Angel will make it right
Show the way and guide me
Help me to my destiny

Help me up when I'm down
Sad and lonely with no one around
And if I'm needing company
Sweet Angel there to comfort me
Pure love does my Angel give
I've never known as long as I live
Just in time for my hour of need
Sweet Angel sent down to me

Chorus: Sweet Angel sent down to me
Just in time for my hour of need
Sweet Angel gonna watch and see
That nothin' bad gonna happen to me

What would I do if my Angel flies
Back up above to the Heavenly skies
Walk in darkness the rest of my days
All alone until I pass away
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Discography

TOM PRINCIPATO "Robert Johnson Told Me So" rel. 9/17/13
TOM PRINCIPATO "A PART OF ME" POW-129
TOM PRINCIPATO-"RAISING THE ROOF!'-POW-130
TOM PRINCIPATO-GUITAR GUMBO-POW-123
TOM PRINCIPATO-HOUSE ON FIRE-POW-117
TOM PRINCIPATO-NOT ONE WORD-POW-110
TOM PRINCIPATO-REALLY BLUE-VDCD-115

TOM PRINCIPATO/DANNY GATTON-BLAZING TELECASTERS POW-4036
TOM PRINCIPATO-LIVE & KICKIN'-POW-109
TOM PRINCIPATO-IN THE CLOUDS -POW-4203
TOM PRINCIPATO-TIP OF THE ICEBERG-POW-6102
TOM PRINCIPATO-SMOKIN'! - P-101
TOM PRINCIPATO-I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE THINKIN' P-103
TOM PRINCIPATO-IN ORBIT-POW-4032
TOM PRINCIPATO-LIVE & KICKIN'-POW-109
TOM PRINCIPATO BAND-LIVE IN EUROPE 1988-POW-112
TOM PRINCIPATO-/PETE KENNEDY-FINGERS ON FIRE-POW-113
TOM PRINCIPATO-ANNIVERSARY CD-POW-119
T. PRINCIPATO/D. GATTON-OH NO! MORE BLAZING TELECASTERS- POW-121
POWERHOUSE - NIGHT LIFE P-100/102 Provogue PRD 70182

DVD'S
TOM PRINCIPATO/DANNY GATTON-BLAZING TELECASTERS-POW-6152
TOM PRINCIPATO-ANNIVERSARY DVD-POW-6153

Tom Principato Festival/Venue list Europe:
Montreux Switzerland Jazz festival 2011
Canal Street Blues & Jazz Festival Arendal Norway 2007 2009
Carlisle Blues Festival U.K. 2009
Sierre Switzerland Blues Fest 2009
Le Moulin Paris, France 2009
Blues en Bourgogne Creusot, France 2009
Torrita di Siena Italy Blues Fest 2009
Meridien Jazz Club Paris, France 2009
Kamgarn Blues Festival Kaiserslautern, Germany 2008
Oss, Holland Blues Fest 1990  2008
Lyon France Blues Fest. 2008
Grand Blues Festival Lahti, Finland 2008
Two Rivers Festival Dordrecht, Holland 2007
Les Arcs France Blues Festival 2007
Marseille, France Garde'n Blues Festival 2007
Blues'd Up Festival Bierbeek, Belgium 2007
Bellinzona, Switzerland Blues Fest w/Dr. John 2005
Rovigo, Italy Blues Fest 2005
Bremanger Norway "Rock Weekend" 2005 2009
Schouwburg Blues Festival Cuijk, Holland 2004
Sestri Levante Blues Festival Italy 2004
Cerdanyola, Spain Blues Fest 2004
Chiari, Italy Fest. w/Los Lobos 2003
Nice, France Blues Festival  2003
Ecaussinnes, Belgium Blues Fest. 2002
Ajaccio, Corsica Blues Fest. 2002
Atlantic Blues Fest La Teste de Buch France 2000
Jazz in Der Burg Dreieich, Germany 2000
Westendorp Blues Fest Arnheim, Holland 1999
Orense, Spain Blues Fest.1999
Slovenian National Radio Broadcast Ljubljana, Slovenia 1999
Roth, Germany Blues Festival 1998
Caramagna Kanister Fest., Italy 1998
Nuvolariliberatribu' Cuneo, Italy 1998  2004
Isola Del Liri  Blues Festival Italy 1998
Lago Maggiore w/Jeff  Beck & Tower Of Power 1998
Salaise Sur Sanne France Blues Festival 1998
More Blues Festival Zottegem, Belgium 1997
Blues Night Burglengenfeld, Germany 1997
"Blues Club" Athens Greece 1997
Lamezia Terme Blues Festival Italy 1996
Astaffort, France Guitar Festival 1996
Big Mama Rome, Italy 1995
Evreux  France Rock Festival 1995
Printemps Festival Bourges, France 1995
Hell Blues Festival Hell, Norway 1995
El Sol Madrid, Spain 1994
Sardegna, Italy Jazz Fest 1994
Rhineburg Germany Blues Festival 1994 2004
Hertogenbosch Festival Holland 1993
Thessaloniki & Athens, Greece 1993
Club Franz Berlin, Germany 1993
La Boit Barcelona, Spain 1993
Ohne-Filter TV Baden-Baden, Germany w/Albert Lee 1993
New Morning Paris France 1993-present
Eindhoven Holland Blues Fest. 1991
Paradiso Amsterdam Holland 1991
Amsterdam, Holland Blues Festival 1989
Istanbul, Ankara, & Izmir, Turkey 1989
Ilosaari Rock Fest, Joensuu Finland 1989
Brugge, Belgium Blues Festival 1988
Leverkusen, Germany Blues & Jazz Festival 1988
Cruise Cafe'-Oslo, Norway 1988
Peer, Belgium Blues Festival 1988
Notodden, Norway  Blues Festival 1988
Jyvaskyla, Finland Blues Fest 1987
Tavastia Klub Helsinki, Finland 1987
Rackis Club Uppsala, Sweden 1987

Tom Principato Venue/Festival list USA/Canada:

Mississippi Valley Blues Fest. Davenport, Iowa 1990 2007
Club Siboney Toronto, Canada 1988
Rainbow Bistro Ottawa, Canada 1988 1989 1990
Club Hey Hey Houston, Tx. 1988
Night Stage, Cambridge, Mass. w/Dr. John 1988
The Village Gat

Set List

our set list is 90% original material. A funky ecclectic roots mix---Rock, New Orleans Funky R n' B, Smokin' guitar instrumentals, soulful ballads.