Nashville Songwriter Series: Tom Hambridge

A lot of Nashville songwriters work in other areas of music, but Tom Hambridge may well be the city’s triple-threat king. As a writer, Hambridge has had cuts by top names in the blues industry (Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Shemekia Copeland) as well as by such country artists as Montgomery Gentry, Billy Ray Cyrus, Gretchen Wilson and Keith Anderson. He’s also had cuts by Danny Gokey, the JaneDear Girls, and Meat Loaf, and his music has been featured in numerous movies and television shows. That kind of success alone would be a great thing for most of us. But add to that the fact that Hambridge has produced and/or played drums for many of the blues artists he writes for, in addition to drumming for such heavyweights as Boston, Chuck Berry, and the late Telecaster legend Roy Buchanan. He also actively tours with his own band, opening for George Thorogood, Lynyrd Skynyrd and others. In fact, on a tour stop with Skynyrd and the Doobie Brothers, performing material from his new CD, Boom!, is where Hambridge was when he found a couple minutes to talk with American Songwriter. Most people don’t think of Nashville as a blues town,…

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