Tom Leggett is a guitarist, singer and songwriter from New Orleans, where he’s lived and performed for over 16 years.
After cutting his teeth playing gigs in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, Tom arrived in New Orleans in 1997 with friend and musical collaborator Aaron Wilkinson (Honey Island Swamp Band) to soak up the area’s rich traditions and explore the city’s deep musical heritage.
While studying under legendary guitar instructor Hank Mackie, he and Wilkinson co-founded jazz-funk band idletime in 1999. The band signed with Louisiana Red Hot Records in 2000 and toured nationally, playing up to 200 shows a year, headlining clubs and festivals, and sharing bills with groups like the funky Meters, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, North Mississippi Allstars and others before disbanding in 2005 when hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated New Orleans and scattered the band’s members.
Since then, Tom has worked regularly as a freelance guitarist in a wide range of styles, playing on stage alongside world-class musicians in the Crescent City and on the road including Derrick Freeman & Smoker’s World, Jenn Howard Band, KOAN, Jesse Hiatt Band, The Rockin’ Jake Band, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Clint Kaufmann, Corey Henry & the Young Fellas, Paul Longstreth, Khris Royal, Scott Jackson, Pat Casey, John Fohl, Danny Abel, David Torkanowsky, Nigel Hall, Jonathan Freilich and more.
With the independent release of his debut solo album, Spinnin’ My Wheels, Tom launched his blues and roots rock band to perform original songs. The self-produced album, released on CD and iTunes in 2013, features 10 original songs with influences from rock, blues and outlaw country, becoming core material for live performances by the Tom Leggett Band.
The Tom Leggett Band includes:
Tom Leggett – lead vocals, backup vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, percussion
Brad Klamer – electric bass, backup vocals
Pete “The Foot” Bradish – drums
Kari Norwood – backup vocals
Rockin’ Jake – harmonica
Rik Fletcher – keyboards
Brian Rini — keyboards
Mike “Mikey B3″ Burkart — keyboards
Andy Severino — keyboards
Ashley Pennewill – mandolin
Willie Bonham — mandolin
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