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Tom Bukovac

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Tom Bukovac
Tom Bukovac at Wacken Open Air with Ann Wilson 2022
Tom Bukovac at Wacken Open Air with Ann Wilson 2022
Background information
Born (1968-12-20) December 20, 1968 (age 55)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
GenresRock, Country
  • Musician
  • producer
Years active1980s–present
(m. 2010)

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.[1] He previously owned 2nd Gear, a used music consignment shop in South Nashville.[2]


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.[1]

Bukovac has played on over 1200 albums,[1] 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.[3]

Bukovac has toured with Ann Wilson (2022 - Fierce Bliss Tour), Joe Walsh (2017) – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary Tour[4]); Vince Gill (2016); John Fogerty; Faith Hill; Trigger Hippy; Wynonna Judd; Tanya Tucker, and others.[5] 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.

Production credits[edit]

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.[6]

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.

Personal life[edit]

In 2010, Bukovac married songwriter/artist Sarah Buxton; they have two children.[1] In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bukovac started the YouTube video series, Homeskoolin'; the videos were recorded with an iPhone in his garage.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Music Row Magazine Awards[7]

Year Category Result
2005 Session Guitarist of the Year Winner
2006 Session Guitarist of the Year Winner
2007 Session Guitarist of the Year Winner
2008 Session Guitarist of the Year Winner
2009 Session Guitarist of the Year Winner

Academy of Country Music Awards[8]

Year Category Result
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


  1. ^ a b c d Wardlaw, Matt. "Northeast Ohio Native Tom Bukovac Excited to Return to Town with Country Star Vince Gill". Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  2. ^ Smith, Desmond. (November 11, 2016). 2nd Gear Used Music Consignment. Above the Fold. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  3. ^ "Tom Bukovac | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  4. ^ "Legendary Joe Walsh Is Back Out on the Road Today With Tour Dates Throughout Spring and Summer". ymlp.com. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  5. ^ Guitar, Vintage (September 1, 2005). "September 2005". Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  6. ^ "Rounder Records Signs Trigger Hippy". July 31, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  7. ^ "Past Musician Award Winners". May 8, 2009. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  8. ^ LTD., BubbleUp. "winners". Academy of Country Music. Retrieved June 27, 2016.