Tom Bukovac

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Tom Bukovac
Tom Bukovac at Wacken Open Air 2022
Tom Bukovac at Wacken Open Air 2022
Background information
Also known as
  • Uncle Larry
  • Session Man
  • Starship Trooper
  • Your Sagittarius Buddy from Cleveland
  • Little Tommy (6'3")
  • Larry
BornCleveland, Ohio, U.S.
  • Musician
  • producer
  • Guitar
Years active1980s–present

Tom Bukovac 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 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, Richard Marx, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Kenny Loggins, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, LeAnn Rimes, Florida Georgia Line, Dallas Smith, Lionel Richie, among many others.[3]

Bukovac has toured with 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]

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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 2010 he married songwriter/artist Sarah Buxton. They have two children.[1] In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, he started the YouTube video series, Homeskoolin'. The videos were recorded with an iPhone in Tom's 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 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". 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.