Todd Sharp new release single: “Back to 1”
written and performed by Todd Sharp & Stan Lynch
with Kevin McKendree on keys
listen/download (all guitars recorded with the JOAT 20W Combo)
Upcoming Live Dates:
Pat Buchanan (guitar)
Jack Bruno (drums)
Mike Joyce (bass)
Wednesday, May 29th Mockingbird Theatre Franklin, TN
Saturday, June 1st The Music Box Cleveland, OH
Sunday, June 2nd The Barn Avon, OH
Friday, June 7th Douglas Corner Nashville, TN
Friday, June 14th Songbirds Chattanooga, TN
Saturday, June 15th Red Clay Foundry Duluth, GA
There’s a palpable excitement in Todd Sharp’s voice when he talks about his upcoming tour, an opportunity to celebrate the release of his new single “Back to 1” (co-written and recorded with Stan Lynch, of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) not to mention the re-release of his 2002 album Walking All the Way, and most of all, to do what he loves most: Playing music with his friends.
With a career built on touring and recording as a guitarist with Rod Stewart, Hall & Oates, Delbert McClinton and Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Bob Welch – among others, Sharp has played for some of the biggest crowds around, whether a packed Wembley Stadium (capacity 90,000) or the 275,000 or so folks who showed up at California Jam II in 1978. And while playing to massive crowds may be the dream of young aspiring rockers all over the world, Sharp — like many seasoned musicians of his caliber — finds the intimate setting of smaller theaters and clubs to provide a direct, connect-to-the audience experience that is hard to beat.
His backing band, a veritable supergroup of Nashville’s top session and stage musicians who have played to similarly large crowds, share his enthusiasm for intimate club gigs. There’s drummer Jack Bruno, who’s toured extensively with artists such as Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Elton John and Delbert McClinton. Guitarist Pat Buchanan, ACM Guitarist of the Year 2005, has played with Cameo, Hall & Oates, Dixie Chicks and Dolly Parton. And bassist Mike Joyce has worked with Roy Orbison, Vince Gill, Jerry Lee Lewis, Rodney Crowell and Hank Williams Jr.
The real magic of this ensemble will be felt when these four musicians — each one of them respected masters of their instruments — take the stage, where their decades of experience will surely to meld into some electrifying interplay and spontaneity. And for fans of rock guitar, a chance to see Sharp and Buchanan on the same stage, playing off each other, backed by a superb rhythm section and taking the songs to new heights, is a can’t-miss opportunity.
You may also know Sharp as an amp builder (Todd Sharp Amplifiers). He will surely have his signature JOAT amplifiers on stage.
“Playing music is still my first love. I have to fit some rock n’ roll stage time in to stay whole but also to stay connected as a builder. It’s all art to me.” – Todd Sharp