Tom Bukovac

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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]

Formative years[edit]

Bukovac began playing guitar at age ten, 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

Session Work[edit]

Bukovac has played on over 500 albums,[1] including projects by 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, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Kenny Loggins, Reba Mcintyre, Blake Shelton, LeAnn Rimes, Florida Georgia Line, Lionel Richie, among many others.[2]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Music Row Magazine Awards[3]

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[4]

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 Winner


Bukovac has toured with Joe Walsh (2017 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary Tour[5]); Vince Gill (2016); John Fogerty; Faith Hill; Trigger Hippy; Wynonna Judd; Tanya Tucker, and others.[6]

Production credits[edit]

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.[7]

Personal life[edit]

in 2010 he married songwriter/artist Sarah Buxton. They have two children.[1]

Other Ventures[edit]

In 2014 Bukovac opened a music store in Nashville called 2nd Gear Used Music Consignment, a consignment store that sells used musical equipment.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b c Wardlaw, Matt. "Northeast Ohio Native Tom Bukovac Excited to Return to Town with Country Star Vince Gill". Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  2. ^ "Tom Bukovac | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  3. ^ "Past Musician Award Winners". 2009-05-08. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  4. ^ LTD., BubbleUp,. "winners". Academy of Country Music. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  5. ^ "Legendary Joe Walsh Is Back Out on the Road Today With Tour Dates Throughout Spring and Summer". Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  6. ^ Guitar, Vintage (2005-09-01). "September 2005". Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  7. ^ "Rounder Records Signs Trigger Hippy". 2014-07-31. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  8. ^ "2nd Gear Used Music Consignment Opens in Berry Hill". MusicRow - Nashville's Music Industry Publication - News, Songs From Music City. 2014-02-14. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  9. ^ "2nd Gear Used Music Consignment". 2nd Gear Used Music Consignment. Retrieved 2016-06-27.