T O M F E L D M A N N
"a c o u s t i c c o u n t r y b l u e s"
Tom Feldmann drives a 1978 Volkswagen Bus, plays a steel-bodied National
Reso-Phonic guitar and is attracting a lot of attention in the acoustic world
from people like veteran acoustic bluesman "Catfish" Keith who said, "You
don't hear many great young musicians playing and singing in the old blues
style, but Tom is definitely an exception."
Tom was born and delivered at home by his father on May 25, 1978. His
father, a car dealer, worked while his mother stayed home and cared for him
and his three older brothers.
Causing trouble, getting into accidents and struggling through school took up
most of Tom's time throughout his adolescence and when it was finally time to
graduate he left school never to look back.
Teaching himself to play the guitar at the age of 17 from the music of such
legendary bluesmen: Bukka White, Lightnin' Hopkins, Mississippi John Hurt,
Fred McDowell and many other delta area musicians, he began to perform at
local Minneapolis bars, saloons and nightclubs by the age of 18.
Spending three years toning his skills as a guitarist, singer and finally a
performer, Feldmann stepped into the studio at the age of 21 and recorded his
debut solo acoustic blues album "Lay It On You." The album has received
praise from both fans and critics like Blues Access Magazine, who said that,
"Feldmann plays a nice steel flattop, his style could gain him wide
Promoting the album has brought Tom to perform in over 30 states in the past
8 months at folk/blues venues and festivals. He has opened for and/or
performed with such great artists as Jimmy Lafave, Ellis Paul, "Catfish"
Keith, Peter Mulvey, Lisa Moscatiello, Larry Joe Taylor, Brian Burns, Joe Pat
Hennen, "Catfish" Hodge and Michael Fracasso.
Tom is currently sponsored by D'Addario Guitar Strings and is preparing for
his second solo album to be released on Maple Island Records this coming
spring. Feldmann continues to perform as a solo artist throughout the U.S.
and Canada and will be touring with folk/blues legends Roy Book Binder, Dave
Von Ronk and Guy Davis in the spring/summer of 2001.
Telling tales of strange encounters, long bar room nights and life on the
road, Tom Feldmann delivers one hell of a show. Whether you catch him
performing at folk/blues venues, festivals or the occasional street corner,
you will be treated to some of the finest slide and fingerpicking country
blues guitar around.
Tom Feldmann sings and plays with the fierceness of the legends that he
learned from, and although he may be young, when you see him perform you'll
see a show like you've never seen before.
"You don't hear many great young musicians playing and singing in the old
blues style, but Tom is definitely an exception."
-"Catfish" Keith, 1999
"Feldmann plays a nice steel flattop, his style should gain him wide
- Blues Access Magazine CD Review, July Issue, 2000
"You can just close your eyes and listen to Tom sing and swear you were
down in the Delta."
- David Rangel, Pulse Magazine CD Review, March Issue, 2000
- Richie Havens, 2000
"His singing and playing are blustering, like gusts of wind from the Gulf of
- HipFish Arts & Entertainment Magazine, July Issue, 2000
"Great singer and slide guitarist."
- A.J. Croce, 1998
"His guitar work reminded me ever so much of John Fahey"
- John Wolfe, Colorado Bluegrass Music Society, CD Review, October Issue 2000
"Hollering the old style blues as Tom does, will no doubt make the old guard
legends like Buddy Guy smile."
- Mt. Express Arts & Entertainment, July 12 Issue, 2000
Maple Island Records