What do Buddy Guy, Delbert McClinton, ZZ Top, Hank Williams Jr., BB King, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Meat Loaf, Rascal Flatts, Johnny Winter, Rodney Atkins, George Thorogood, Keith Anderson, Susan Tedeschi, Van Zant, American Idol and Walt Disney Pictures all have in common? Four Time Grammy® Award-Winning Producer, Singer/Songwriter & Drummer Tom Hambridge!
Hambridge, who Buddy Guy considers “the white Willie Dixon,” is a four-time Grammy™- winning producer, songwriter, & drummer for his production work on three of blues legend Buddy Guy’s most critically acclaimed albums: Living Proof (2011) , Born to Play Guitar (2016), The Blues is Alive and Well (2018), and for his work on Christone “Kingfish” Ingram’s Album 662 (2022). Tom has also produced nine other Grammy nominated albums.
He has won numerous Blues Music Awards and W.C. Handy Awards, eight Boston Music Awards and several ASCAP Country Music Awards. He’s the recipient of the prestigious KBA (Keeping the Blues Alive) Award in Memphis and has been inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. The list of artist collaborators includes: Gary Clark Jr., Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, B.B. King, Gregg Allman, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, Billy Gibbons, Johnny Winter, George Thorogood and Susan Tedeschi, among many others.
Over 600 of Hambridge’s songs have been recorded (and many top charted) by such diverse artists as Buddy Guy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Rascal Flatts, Eric Burdon (The Animals,) James Cotton, Foghat, Delbert McClinton, Van Zant, and Joe Bonamassa. Tom has also recorded, performed and toured with Chuck Berry, Boston, Hank Williams Jr., Buddy Guy, Bo Diddley, Susan Tedeschi, Johnny Winter, George Thorogood & the Destroyers and Keb’ Mo’, among many others.
Set for release on September 15, Blu Ja Vu is Hambridge’s follow-up to his 2018 tribute to New Orleans, The NOLA Sessions. The album contains songs he has written/co-written and produced, with some of these musical friends featured.
“Ain’t it just like the sun to be followed by the rain… Ain’t it just like joy being followed by pain.” Premiering exclusively on American Blues Scene is “Ain’t It Just Like Love,” a blues shufflin’, honky tonkin’ number that finds Hambridge sharing soulful vocals with Buddy Guy who also lets his guitar do the singing.