Wow, this was an unbelievable evening! It was a “who’s who” of some of Nashville’s best studio and performing musicians. All willingly offered their time and tribute to a man who was much more than just an incredible musician, (although he was that for sure!) he was their friend. He touched many lives by being his loveable self. He befriended many as they started out in the music scene here in Nashville, offering his assistance and help to anyone he could. This was a way for some of them to give back and in their own way say “thanks” to him and Mel his wife who so willingly shared him with them.
I offered to document this for Mel so she will have some images to remember this night long after the music fades. I felt honored just to be there. The music was easily the best music I’ve heard since I’ve been in Nashville. I think it was because the players weren’t just playing…they were paying tribute to a dear friend! Tom was a part of “The Alternator’s,” they were just too much fun to listen to. They made we want to jump up and play along! They acted as the house band for many of the solo artist’s that “needed” back up. The truth is that they didn’t really need back up, but it sure made their performances that much better. Ricky Skaggs was a close personal friend of Tom and Mel’s, his presence there was very special. (On a personal note, he is a great photographer too!) Phil Keaggy (a fellow Buckeye) was there and he was nothing short of amazing. Many others I wish I knew their names, but you see that wasn’t important to them. They were there for Mel and to pay tribute to Tom. I had only met him one time, I planned to take some percussion lessons from him But, Almighty God had other plans. Although difficult for those of us left, I’m sure it’s fine with Tom.
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Tom owned a ton of percussion instruments. Many of them are one of a kind and all are now for sale, just click here to see the list and for instructions on how to by them. I’ve already bought the coolest rain stick I’ve ever heard! I have my sights set on a set of bongo’s next. All the money goes to Mel, so it is a great cause.