Tom Marcellis has been a presence in the music industry for over 25 years with an established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer. During those years, he has played shows with legends such as Allgood Music Company, Widespread Panic, Col Bruce Hampton, Blues Traveler, Indecision, The Black Crows, Bo Didley, Buckweat Zydeco, The Kudzu Kings, The Charlie Daniels Band, Blood Sweat and Tears, Sam Carr and Frank Frost, Melvin Seals and JGB, Crazy Fingers and many others. Tom continues to treat music lovers to his unique brand of melodic improv and internationally acclaimed songwriting.
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Like the lava that dwells beneath the Halema'uma'u Crater Overlook, the Tom Marcellis Band is fiery and authentic. This uniquely accessible improvisational music engages audiences with a narrative style of rock steeped in the eclectic musical heritage of the south.
At the core of Tom’s song writing beats the heart of traditional blues, jazz, bluegrass and other American music adeptly integrated with global cultural styles. Says Tom, “Sometimes the subject matter dictates the arrangement while other compositions exist long before the lyrics arrive. Dog Song developed from a story my uncle told. He used to raise beagles. The music just played in my head like a score while he spoke.”
As a teenager Tom frequented the bluegrass festivals around the south, the Mountain Opry on Lookout Mountain, and many other jam sessions around Chattanooga. He also worked in local bands playing mostly blues, country and rock. While studying music in college, Tom performed at area jazz clubs, and played in jazz fusion bands. His unique voice as an instrumentalist began to gel. As a young adult he started writing songs while playing in original improv based bands. Soon after that Marcellis began to tour, mostly in the southeast, playing venues, clubs, theaters, colleges. festivals and opening for acts like Allgood Music Company, Widespread Panic, Col Bruce Hampton, Blues Traveler, Indecision, The Black Crows, Bo Didley, Buckweat Zydeco, The Kudzu Kings, The Charlie Daniels Band, Blood Sweat and Tears, Sam Carr and Frank Frost etc... These experiences kiln fired his skills as a guitarist, and performer.
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