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Tom Rozum

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A long-time fixture on the Bay Area music scene, Tom Rozum is best known for his work with Laurie Lewis. Since joining forces with Laurie in 1986, the two have also recorded three critically-acclaimed duet albums. In fact, The Oak and the Laurel, was nominated for a Grammy in 1996 for "Best Traditional Folk" release. Just about anyone who hears their singing would admit there's something special in the their blend, and the players they chose to support them are always first rate.Tom's singing and playing is additionally featured in over a dozen of Laurie's latest albums.

With the release of Jubilee, Tom Rozum stepped into the national spotlight with an auspicious debut solo album —a deft mixture of bluegrass, old time and western swing. Throughout the album, he lends his mandolin, guitar and vocal talent to a great selection of little-known country music gems by Merle Haggard, The Louvin Brothers and Bill Monroe interwoven with contemporary songs by David Olney and Mark Simos, among others. The CD is marked by Tom's eclectic musical influences. "Jubilee" was co-produced by long-time collaborator Laurie Lewis, and features an all-star cast of musicians including Laurie, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Herb Pedersen, David Grier, Rob Ickes and Todd Phillips.

Originally from New England, Tom Rozum moved to Berkeley from Arizona, where he played many kinds of traditional and original music with Summerdog and Flying South; and San Diego, where he honed his swing chops with the Rhythm Rascals. Since joining forces with Laurie Lewis in 1986 as part of the original Grant Street Band, Tom's versatility and diverse musical influences come to the fore every night on stage with the band. He primarily plays mandolin, but is also an accomplished fiddle, mandola, and guitar player. His rhythmic approach to mandolin especially punctuates the band's repertoire, adding a verve and excitement to their on-stage shows, and has become a distinctive feature of their performances.


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