This edition of our West Marin Guitar Blog features Tommy Odetto. Tommy is a true local, being born and raised in Fairfax and San Anselmo. He’s got serious skills and has won some pretty prestigious awards for his guitar playing. He currently plays and tours with Big Brother and the Holding Company and just toured with Blues legend Sister Monica. Tommy also plays with The Bad Jones – a great rock group who is playing 19 Broadway this weekend, Saturday December 19th. You gotta come out and see these guys, they are awesome!
1. What/who were your earliest teachers/inspirations?
Hendrix Clapton Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan. Local inspiration: Tom Finch, Danny Uzilevsky (We did a guitar blog on both of these guys earlier), Jose Neto, Otis Scarecroe.
2. How has your style/sound equipment evolved over the years?
Hopefully my style has gotten more pure and honest. I always strive to play what moves me
first, and what is honest and from my soul in the moment. I'm still working on it. Gear had always been secondary. A great guitar and a great amp is all you need. I still believe that.
3. What are some of your favorite Fairfax music moments?
There are so many!! I wouldn't be anywhere without the town of Fairfax, and the people in it who have always supported my music. So thankful!
Playing on the street in front of Peri's bar with John Varn was the beginning, and that will always be special to me. Playing the Fairfax Festival Main Stage, getting the opportunity to be showcased at The Kortuzday Jams at 19 Broadway, where I got to jam with the best players and that is where I met Jesse, the lead singer of The Bad Jones. This town Rocks!!