Tommy Odetto is a fifth-generation resident of Fairfax, California, the famed music mecca in Marin County. His early love of music had him discovering the magic of rock and roll through the likes of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and The Beatles. At the age of thirteen, Odetto immediately became obsessed with guitar after hearing Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and Led Zeppelin all within a matter of months. From that moment, Tommy knew he wanted to dedicate his life to music, and the dream of moving people with the power of music, and his guitar. As a young teen, Odetto infamously stood outside the windows of the local Fairfax bars. He studied his local heroes, and Marin County Ace guitarists Otis Scarecroe, Danny Uzilevsky, and Tom Finch; learning all that he could from the other side of the glass windows of Peri’s Bar and 19 Broadway.
Tommy broke out on the local Marin County scene at 15 years old with his band Soul Pie, which evolved into the Bad Jones a few year later. They experienced success sharing the stage with many notable artists such as Foreigner, Eddie Money, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Living Colour, Leon Russell, to name a few. Other early accomplishments include his crown as “King of the Blues”, a title bestowed upon him from the Guitar Centers of the Bay Area. And, and in 2013, he was featured in Guitar Player magazine as a guitarist to watch.
Being a successful solo artist and part of a thriving band with The Bad Jones wasn’t enough for Odetto’s dedication. He was also a recurring member of the legendary San Francisco band that launched long before he was born, Big Brother And The Holding Company. Big Brother started as Janis Joplin’s supporting band in the late 60’s. After the unfortunate passing of original guitarist, Sam Andrew in 2015; founding drummer Dave Getz, asked Tommy to join the band after hearing him play in downtown Fairfax.
In the Summer of 2015, Tommy recorded his debut as a solo artist. The two-song EP, Euphoria, was recorded in Seattle, Washington and produced by Brett Eliason (Mad Season, Pearl Jam, Heart).
Since going solo, Tommy has headlined The Roxy’s after-party for the unveiling of the Lemmy Kilmister (Mötorhead) tribute statue at the historic Rainbow Bar & Grill. He has also opened for Tommy Castro, The Shams, The Stone Foxes, Coco Montoya, Walter Trout and Chevy Metal. At the end of 2017, Odetto and his band spent a week in the studio writing and recording his most complex music to date.
This year, 2018, should prove to be a big one for Odetto. You will find him performing at many festivals, including BottleRock Napa Valley. He will be featured in the April/May issue of Relix Magazine; and, his first single RUNAWAY will be included on the Relix CD/Spotify sampler due in late March. RUNAWAY will be the first release from the upcoming EP, CURSES AND REVELATIONS; recorded at Foo Fighters’ Studio 606, in Los Angeles. Produced by John Lousteau, and Co-Produced/Mixed by Ethan Turner; this hard rock release is jam-packed with dynamic songwriting and searing guitar prowess. Odetto has committed all of his time to honing his craft and feels blessed every day to spread the power of music, and Rock and Roll.