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Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Tom Bukovac (born December 20, 1968) is an American session musician and producer. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in nearby Willowick, Ohio. He has been a Nashville-based musician since 1992.He previously owned 2nd Gear, a used music consignment shop in South Nashville.
Bukovac began playing guitar at age eight, and performed his first shows at age thirteen at his widowed mother's bar, The Surfside Lounge, in Eastlake, Ohio. He moved to Nashville in 1992 to pursue a career as a guitarist.
Bukovac has played on over 1200 albums,including projects by Dan Auerbach and The Black Keys, Kid Rock, Morgan Wallen, Ann Wilson, The Struts, Steven Tyler, Stevie Nicks, Bob Seger, John Oates, Joan Osborne, Vince Gill, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Hank Williams Jr., Sheryl Crow, Don Henley, Carrie Underwood, Richard Marx, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Kenny Loggins, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, LeAnn Rimes, Florida Georgia Line, Lionel Richie, among many others.
Bukovac has toured with Ann Wilson (2022 - Fierce Bliss Tour), Joe Walsh (2017 – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary Tour); Vince Gill (2016); John Fogerty; Faith Hill; Trigger Hippy; Wynonna Judd; Tanya Tucker, and others. Bukovac is currently a member of The Jim Irsay band.
Bukovac has also won the Academy Of Country Music guitar player of the year award four times – 2008-2010-2016 and 2021
Visit Tom Bukovac's official website at thesessionman.com
In 2021, Bukovac released, Plexi Soul, produced by Chris McHugh and recorded and engineered and mixed by Shannon Forrest @ REELRECORDING1
In addition, Bukovac released the Trip the Witch instrumental record, in 2021, along with Dean Deleo, from STP. The record also includes a track called, Saturn We Miss You, with a vocal performance by Jon Anderson of Yes.
In 2014, Bukovac produced Trigger Hippy's self-titled album, which was released by Rounder Records. Featured on this album alongside Bukovac are Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene, Steve Gorman (of Black Crowes) and Nick Govrik.
In 1999, Bukovac produced Kathleen LaGue's self-titled alt rock debut album, released by Lioness Records. Bukovac makes a rare vocal appearance on "When Will You Learn", which he also co-wrote.
In 2010, Bukovac married songwriter/artist Sarah Buxton; they have two children.In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bukovac started the YouTube video series, Homeskoolin'; the videos were recorded with an iPhone in his garage.
Music Row Magazine Awards
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Academy of Country Music Awards
|2004||Guitar Player of the Year||Nominee|
|2005||Top Guitar Player of the Year||Nominee|
|2006||Guitar Player of the Year||Nominee|
|2007||Top Guitarist of the Year||Nominee|
|2008||Top Guitarist of the Year||Winner|
|2010||Guitarist of the Year||Winner|
|2012||Guitarist of the Year||Nominee|
|2014||Guitar Player of the Year||Nominee|
|2016||Guitarist of the Year||Winner|
|2021||Guitarist of the Year||Winner|
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