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

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 McEntire, Blake Shelton, LeAnn Rimes, Florida Georgia Line, Lionel Richie, among many others.[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Music Row Magazine Awards[4]

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[5]

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[6]); Vince Gill (2016); John Fogerty; Faith Hill; Trigger Hippy; Wynonna Judd; Tanya Tucker, and others.[7]

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.[8]


With Stevie Nicks

With Kenny Rogers

With Wynonna Judd

With Kenny Chesney

With Joss Stone

  • LP1 (Surfdog Records, 2011)

With Beth Nielsen Chapman

  • Look (Compass Records, 2005)

With Blake Shelton

With Carrie Underwood

With Jennifer Nettles

With Martina McBride

With Jennette McCurdy

With Josh Groban

  • Noël (Reprise Records, 2007)

With Kim Carnes

With Peter Cetera

With Joe Cocker

With Sara Evans

With Rob Thomas

  • Cradlesong (Atlantic Records, 2009)
  • Someday (Atlantic Records, 2010)

With Sheryl Crow

With Faith Hill

With Brian Wilson

With Amy Grant

With Vince Gill

With Billy Ray Cyrus

With LeAnn Rimes

With Bob Seger

With Kelly Clarkson

With Mary Chapin Carpenter

With Ashley Monroe

With Dolly Parton

With Cyndi Lauper

With Tim McGraw

Personal life[edit]

In 2010 he married songwriter/artist Sarah Buxton. They have two children.[1] In 2020, he started the YouTube video series, Homeskoolin'.


  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. ^ Smith, Desmond. (11 November 2016). 2nd Gear Used Music Consignment. Above The Fold. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  3. ^ "Tom Bukovac | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  4. ^ "Past Musician Award Winners". 2009-05-08. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  5. ^ LTD., BubbleUp. "winners". Academy of Country Music. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  6. ^ "Legendary Joe Walsh Is Back Out on the Road Today With Tour Dates Throughout Spring and Summer". Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  7. ^ Guitar, Vintage (2005-09-01). "September 2005". Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  8. ^ "Rounder Records Signs Trigger Hippy". 2014-07-31. Retrieved 2016-06-27.