“Tom is such a creative writer and musician. Someone like that only comes along once in a lifetime. I call him the white Willie Dixon.”
That’s Buddy Guy, talking about Tom Hambridge, the Buffalo area native who aided Guy in the legendary blues-man’s late-career renaissance, and earned himself a Grammy for the production, songwriting and musical direction he afforded Guy’s 2011 album “Living Proof.”
Hambridge will be in town as part of Guy’s band on Wednesday, for a show at UB’s Center for the Arts, beginning at 8 p.m. Hambridge will also join young blues prodigy Quinn Sullivan for his opening set. (Remaining tickets are available through UBCFA.org.)
A triple-threat – songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist – Hambridge has been the go-to guy for everyone from Chuck Berry and B.B. King to Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top, and has earned abundant respect from his peers and colleagues, who have often publicly praised his ability to bring beaucoup musical chops and significant inspiration to the projects he’s involved in.
While he’s a first-call recording studio man for most of his waking hours, Hambridge has also run a solo career alongside his collaborative gigs, and it is as a solo artist that he’ll come home on Thursday for an intimate evening of stories and songs at the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.) beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets, priced $15, are available now through Sportsmenstavern.net.
– Jeff Miers