Tom Blackburn

Tom Blackburn

Tom Blackburn in his own “write”:

This guy is a bona fide FaReek. He loves to play music and plays a variety of styles. He plays mainly electric guitar oriented music like jazz/fusion, but has also been known to play Surf, Funk, Reggae, Ska, Celtic, Country and Contemporary Experimental music.

It all started on his grandmother’s piano in Alamogordo, New Mexico, when he started picking out x-mas tunes and songs from albums that his parents played. Stuff like Henry Mancini, The Beatles, We Five, The 5th Dimension, and The Jackson 5.

Are you starting to see a pattern here?

Anywhoo, a Rock-n-Roll break through occurred when he saw Deep Purple on the TV tube playing at the California Jam summer of ‘73. He promptly took a yard stick and drew frets on it. This so thoroughly embarrassed his family that they bought him a “real” guitar for X-mas at the PX on Reese AFB in Lubbock, TX. It was a $39 Trump guitar with some chip board solid state amp. That Christmas Eve he sat down and learned “Smoke On the Water” and his brother-in-law showed him another song called “Little Black Egg.” He took to the guitar like a duck to water and formed his first band with his junior high buddies, Johnny Ray and Mark Matos. The first song they learned as a band was Pink Floyd’s Astronomy “Dominie.”

From that time to the present he has never stopped playing in bands and occasionally pushing the outside of the envelope. He likes cheese, chocolate and the color orange.

Here’s where you can find Tom’s work.