Artist: Tom Principato Band
Members: Tom Principato (guitar, vocals); Josh Howell (congas); Tommy Lepson (organ, vocals); Steve Wolf (bass); Joe Wells (drums)
Hometown: Falls Church, Va.
Sound: Some of the country's best blues guitar
Fact: This is Principato's first release of all originals.
Project: A Part Of Me is available now, featuring a ton of great supporting artists
Next gig: CD release parties — Rams Head On Stage, Feb. 17; The Birchmere, Feb. 18
More: tomprincipato.com

"B.B. King's emotional content is what grabbed me about the blues," Principato says. "He played at the old Cellar Door Club in Georgetown in 1969. He did three shows a night, three nights in a row and I was there for all nine shows. It was like attending a church service. It was a life-changing moment. I don't think I knew how I was going to do something that powerful, but I knew it would be the ultimate goal."

"My goal on a nightly basis is to play something I've never played before," Principato says. "I want to play the music of the moment, not something that's pre-learned. I try to free myself up to completely improvise."


Catch Baltimore Unsigned for the full interview at 8 Tuesday night on 89.7 WTMD, listener-supported radio from Towson University. Check out WTMD on the web at wtmd.org.

Photo courtesy of Tom Principato Band