Tom Bukovac

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Tom Bukovac
Born (1968-12-20) December 20, 1968 (age 52)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
  • Guitarist
  • producer
  • songwriter
  • Guitar
  • vocals
Years active1980s–present

Tom Bukovac (born December 20, 1968) is an American guitarist, producer and songwriter. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in nearby Willowick, Ohio, Bukovac picked up his first guitar when he was eight years old. His earliest gigs were played at The Surfside Lounge in Eastlake Ohio, which was owned and run by his widowed mother, Norma.  In 1992, Bukovac made the move to Nashville to pursue a career as a guitarist.[1]

Session man[edit]

To date, Bukovac has played on over 700 albums,[2] including recording projects by:

Into the spotlight[edit]

In the spring of 2020, as the world settled into lockdown, Bukovac launched a YouTube series called Corona Lessons,[3] which was initially intended to be a tongue-in-cheek commentary on all things guitar culture, as well as an offering of free guitar lessons to viewers. Rather by surprise to Bukovac, Corona Lessons quickly developed an audience into the thousands, popularizing nicknames like Uncle Larry, Session Man, Starship Trooper, Your Sagittarius Buddy from Cleveland, Little Tommy (6’3”), King of the Smears; amongst others.

As pandemic-fatigue grew, Bukovac decided to rename the series Homeskoolin’.  In celebration of the 100th episode, he hosted two livestream shows at Nashville’s Third and Lindsley, which sold out almost immediately and were broadcast to his more than 50,000 subscribers.[4]

In 2021, Bukovac is scheduled to release two new albums. Stay tuned!


After 15 years in collaboration with, and as an endorser of, Duesenberg Guitars, in early 2021 the company released “The Session Man” model as part of their Alliance Series. Many of Bukovac’s design features were slightly unusual compared to the company’s other models.[5]

These features include:

-      The guitar has no fretboard inlays, except for “Session Man” being etched into the 12th fret

-      The Session Man is Duesenberg’s first natural finish guitar, with a flamed maple top, two humbuckers and a blendable Piezo pickup

-      The two control knobs are labeled “M’ and “L” for Bukovac’s two sons, Marshall and Leo

2nd Gear

From 2014 to approximately 2016, Bukovac owned and operated 2nd Gear Used Music in the Berry Hill area of Nashville.[6]

Tour work[edit]

Bukovac has toured with:

Wynonna Judd (mid 90’s)  |  John Fogerty (2000)  |  Faith Hill (2007)  | Vince Gill (2016, 2018)  |  Joe Walsh (2017)  | Ann Wilson (2021)

Producers and production credits[edit]

Among the producers who have called upon Bukovac for sessions are: Mutt Lange, Don Was, Matt Serletic, Dan Auerbach, Dann Huff.

Bukovac has himself served as producer for artists like Ann Wilson, Trigger Hippy and Gianna Naninni.

Personal life[edit]

Bukovac has two sons, Marshall and Leo, from his 11 year marriage to songwriter Sarah Buxton. The couple divorced in 2021.

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 Winner


  1. ^ Guitar, Vintage. "September 2005 | Vintage Guitar® magazine". Retrieved 2021-06-25.
  2. ^ "Tom Bukovac | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2021-06-25.
  3. ^ "501chorusecho - YouTube". Retrieved 2021-06-25.
  4. ^ "(SOLD OUT) Tom Bukovac's Homeskoolin". 3rd and Lindsley. Retrieved 2021-06-25.
  5. ^ "Alliance Series Tom Bukovac | DUESENBERG GUITARS". Duesenberg. Retrieved 2021-06-25.
  6. ^ "2nd Gear Used Music Consignment". Retrieved 2021-06-25.
  7. ^ "Past Musician Award Winners". 2009-05-08. Retrieved 2021-06-25.
  8. ^ "Academy of Country Music | Search Winners". Retrieved 2021-06-25.