The newest member of Big Brother, the 26 year old guitar virtuoso Tommy Odetto, first started playing at age 13. His first loves in music were the great Rock and Roll legends Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, and Buddy Holly, but then just a few years later, he discovered Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, and The Beatles.
By the time he was 15 he was sitting in with bands at local clubs in his home town of Fairfax CA. Tommy’s first gigs were with Marin County blues legend Otis Scarecroe.
It wasn’t long before his name and the buzz about him started being heard around the Bay. As one the semi finalists in Guitar Center’s King Of The Blues Guitar competition his reputation as a young blues master was getting established.
Soon he was opening for Michael Landau, a session guitar legend and one of his heroes. He was a founding member of the band ‘The Bad Jones’ which has opened for Foreigner, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eddie Money, and Living Colour.
In 2014 Dave Getz heard Tommy one night at a club in Fairfax and in March 2015, after the untimely passing of Big Brother’s guitarist Sam Andrew, Dave asked Tommy if he would join Big Brother; It was a huge honor for him, and when he played his first show with Big Brother there was no doubt that he brought new excitement to the ‘dueling guitars’ sound of Big Brother and was perfect for the band.
Odetto is a 5th generation Fairfax, California native, and couldn’t be more honored and proud, to be a part of The Big Brother And The Holding Company Legacy.