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 a couple months. From that moment, Tommy knew he wanted to dedicate his life to music, dreaming to move people with the power of music, and his guitar.
Tommy spent many years locked up in his bedroom practicing hours upon hours, every day and night, hoping to one day being able to play like his heroes Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Odetto infamously stood outside the windows of the local Fairfax Bars, every night of the week. From the ages of 13 to 20 years old, he studied his local heroes, and Marin County Ace guitarists Otis Scarecroe, Danny Uzilevsky, and Tom Finch. Studying and learning all that he could from the other side of the glass windows of Peri's Bar and 19 Broadway.
In those formative years, Tommy had several highly developmental moments in his career. Such as a vital and living mentorship from Marin County legend, Otis Scarecroe, and being invited to jam with Carlos Santana at his home in San Rafael, California. Santana had personally invited Tommy over after hearing about the young talent. Tommy broke out on the local Marin County scene at 15 years old with his band Soul Pie, founded in 2004, and went on to enjoy much local success.
Other 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.
In his early 20's, a chance meeting with the extremely talented singer-songwriter, Jesse Ray Smith, struck an immediate musical bond, and brotherhood. It was the perfect recipe for the partnership that became The Bad Jones. The Bad Jones was rounded out by John Varn; Tommy's best friend, musical right hand man, and keyboardist of Soul Pie. Tim Baker added his dynamic and talented skills on Bass. The Bad Jones has experienced great success, and has shared the stage with many notable artists such as Foreigner, Eddie Money, Kenny Wayne Sheperd, Living Colour, Leon Russell, to name a few. The Bad Jones has a self-titled five song EP and is gearing up for their full length debut album due in fall of 2016.
Being a successful solo artist and part of a thriving band with The Bad Jones just isn't enough for this dedicated talent. Tommy is also a full time member of the legendary San Francisco band that launched before he was born, Big Brother And The Holding Company. Big Brother started as Janis Joplin's supporting band in the late 60's. Tommy was asked to join in 2015 after the unfortunate passing of original guitarist, Sam Andrew. Founding drummer Dave Getz, asked Tommy to join the band after hearing Tommy play in downtown Fairfax.
In the Summer of 2015, Tommy recorded his debut EP as a solo artist. "Euphoria" was recorded in Seattle, Washington and Produced by Brett Eliason (Mad Season, Pearl Jam, Heart).
In 2016, one of Tommy's musical dreams came true. He shared the stage with one of his biggest heroes - Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Them Crooked Vultures) at a festival in Thousand Oaks, California. Tommy is currently writing material for his next solo effort, as well as heading back into the studio to record with The Bad Jones. Tommy is very busy with gigs all over California. He has committed all of his time to honing his craft, and feels blessed everyday to spread the power of music, and Rock and Roll.