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Tommy is an incendiary soloist with an unrivaled passion for guitar. Music explodes out of him when he plays. I’m a big fan, and I love watching his musical evolution.
Passion+practice+patience+perseverance+networking+attitude. (P4+N+A). That’s my equation for success. You need serious passion to want to practice and get really good at something. You need patience because nothing usually ever happens exactly when you want it to...so you need to persevere to continue arriving at your desired destinations. Then, you need to network and make connections; put yourself out there so good things can come your way through being in the game. Then you have to have a great attitude because you need to be someone people want to be around:-)Anyone who knows Tommy can say he possesses these qualities. It’s why he’s getting where he wants to go. I’m enjoying watching it all happen for him.
Tommy has the gift of obvious natural ability, combined with thought and tons of soul. He plays for you, not at you.
I know a great musician when I see and listen to one. Tommy Odetto’s future is one of the brightest of all the musicians that I have photographed over the years.
It’s his drive and talent that continues to get the young guitarist invited onstage and in the studio with heavyweights.
Tommy Odetto claims, when he was thirteen years old, I showed him the correct way to play “Sunshine Of Your Love.” I think it’s safe to say he could teach me a thing or two now!