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Portrait of Tom Principato

Tom Principato

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Man, pullin for you guys in funk! Incredible song!

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Too Damn Funky - too damn good not be on my favorites list!

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wow... LOVE it!!... I have been combing the funk/groove/soul channel and have been doing some judging in this catagory because I dig it so much... I love to leave a show with the funk just a-drippin' off me- like after a greyboy allstars or steve kimock show- and that is what I look for in a funk artist..
you 'bout covered it

thanks for the great music with my morning coffee...

peace and many blessings

sista tee rebirtha

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Nice sound, guys. Nice bio, Tom. Hey, I jammed w/James Montgomery one night in Anchorage ...many moons ago. Peace on y'all.

Portrait of Tom Principato
Principato has long been known as a fine guitar player, but here production and vocals take him to a new level.There's plenty of the stuff you expect from Principato, including funky New Orleans-style rock like "Lock and Key," with horns, organ and precise chording; Fender heaven on the solos. The good news is, with releases like this one, Tom's bringing new and varied music to that realm. -John Heidt  Vintage Guitar Magazin

...Principato is sure talented enough and he's been leaving mouths agape with his classy yet searing guitar pyrotechnics over the United States and Europe for the better part of four decades. A solid new album, appropriately titled "Raising The Roof!", might help spread the word, but he's most at home when peeling the paint from Blind Willie's walls with his slashing solos. Hal Horowitz-Atlanta Creative Loafin

Tom Principato is one of a few naturally gifted guitarists who just plain know how to sing via the instrument – Beck, Clapton, Hendrix, Santana, and Vaughn are others who quickly come to mind. And a little ways into this disc, you know why he named it Raising the Roof. If your tastes turn to masterful R&B with strong jazz, funk, and New Orleans accents, don’t let Raising the Roof pass you by. David J. Cantor Soundstag

All hail the blue Wammy king. And king he is, as Washington D.C.'s longstanding blues fixture. Tom Principato has garnered a truckload of those local WAMA awards in recognition of excellence for everything from "Best Instrumentalist" and "Best Blues Vocalist" to "Best Blues Album" and "Best Blues Group". To date, it's a dynasty built on 22 so-called Wammies--but there's always room for more on the mantle. So all you Capital area bands, beware--consider Raising The Roof! as a current nomination package. Dennis Rozanski  Baltimore Blues Society-Bluesra

Ask any successful blues guitarist to identify his or her favorite peers, and Tom Principato’s name will likely get mentioned. Principato has many fans in Europe, and at 55, he's the rare artist whose musicianship, singing and songwriting continue to improve with age.  Raising the Roof! is one of the best recordings yet from the guitarist-vocalist.  Ed Kopp Jazziz Magazin

On his latest release,  Principato continues to demonstrate his versatility, with a well-rounded set of nine tracks that showcase his fluid playing and vocals. Whether he is laying down Latin rhythms on the catchy Santana-like instrumental cut Bo Bo's Groove featuring absolutely mesmerizing soaring solos, or re-working a jump blues classic such as Louis Jordan's Saturday Night Fish Fry,  Principato hits the mark repeatedly. Raising The Roof! is another in a long line of solid efforts from Principato, an artist deserving of far greater recognition. Dave Ruthenberg Living Blues magazine April 200

DC based bluesman Tom Principato comes out swinging straight from note 1. The band is on fire and burning as they crank out blues tinged funk, jazz rock and straight blues. They jam like Jeff Beck and Elvin Bishop and Principato can unleash Latin spice like Santana.  Everything they do is done with a tasty flair and that includes a moving tribute to NOLA called “Fish Fry” and his equally feeling tribute to LA women in “Lock and Key.” Hoo-hah, this Washington legend belts one past the Beltway in a home run.  9 snaves Doctor Blues – Long Island Blues Society – March 24, 2008

Tom Principato is one of the most exciting guitarists on the contemporary scene today.  Hailing from Washington, DC, he has won just about every award given out by the Washington Area Music Association, and he's played with the likes of Big Mama Thornton, Jimmy Thackery, and Danny Gatton.  His Powerhouse Records release of "Raising The Roof" is an adventurous romp thru nine cuts, (six originals) of a gorgeous gumbo of blues, soul, funk, reggae, and general good times a-rollin'!   Get your copy today and ENJOY!!! Sheryl and Don Crow. Music City Blues Soc. newslette

Don’t be surprised if "Raising the Roof!" also raises the number of Wammie Awards that blues guitarist Tom Principato has collected over the years -- more than a dozen at last count. Principato's new album is a rocking, grooving session featuring Hammond B-3 organist Tommy Lepson. -- Mike Joyce The Washington Pos

Principato, a long-established guitarist in the Washington, DC area, works off a diverse musical palette with blues, and complements of funk, jazz, latin rock and New Orleans R&B. To his credit he projects ease of delivery and gives shape and logic to even his most fierce playing. The former Powerhouse bandleader locates the joy in songs from J.J. Cale, Louis Jordan, and Jimmy Smith, respectively. Frank-John Hadley Down Beat magazine  May, 200


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