Tom Bukovac (born December 20, 1968) is an American session musician and producer. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in nearby Willowick, Ohio. He has been a Nashville-based musician since 1992.
Bukovac began playing guitar at age ten, and performed his first shows at age thirteen at his widowed mother’s bar, The Surfside Lounge, in Eastlake, Ohio. He moved to Nashville in 1992 to pursue a career as a guitarist.1
Bukovac has played on over 500 albums, including projects by Steven Tyler, Stevie Nicks, Bob Seger, John Oates, Joan Osborne, Vince Gill, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Hank Williams Jr., Sheryl Crow, Don Henley, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Kenny Loggins, Reba Mcintyre, Blake Shelton, Leann Rimes, Florida Georgia Line, Lionel Richie, among many others.
Awards and Nominations
Music Row Magazine Awards
|2005||Session Guitarist of the Year||Winner|
|2006||Session Guitarist of the Year||Winner|
|2007||Session Guitarist of the Year||Winner|
|2008||Session Guitarist of the Year||Winner|
|2009||Session Guitarist of the Year||Winner|
Academy of Country Music Awards
|2004||Guitar Player of the Year||Nominee|
|2005||Top Guitar Player of the Year||Nominee|
|2006||Guitar Player of the Year||Nominee|
|2007||Top Guitarist of the Year||Nominee|
|2008||Top Guitarist of the Year||Winner|
|2010||Guitarist of the Year||Winner|
|2012||Guitarist of the Year||Nominee|
|2014||Guitar Player of the Year||Winner|
Bukovac has toured with Vince Gill (2016), John Fogerty, Faith Hill, Trigger Hippy, Wynonna Judd , Tanya Tucker, and others.
In 2014, Bukovac produced Trigger Hippy’s self-titled album, which was released by Rounder Records. Featured on this album alongside Bukovac are Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene, Steve Gorman (of Black Crowes) and Nick Govrik.
in 2010 he married songwriter/artist Sarah Buxton. They have two children.
In 2014 Bukovac opened a music store in Nashville called 2nd Gear Used Music Consignment, a consignment store that sells used musical equipment.