Tom Smerk: Bass guitar, Drums, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals

Genre: Country, Gospel, Rock

RIYL: Steve Bruno, Jeff Beck, Legacy 5, the Isaacs, Bob Dylan, Bryan Sutton, John Jorgenson, Jim Soldi, Jaime Valle, Mark Augustin, Ricky Ruis, Patrick Yandall

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Inception: San Diego, 1965

Influences: Les Paul, Johnny Smith, Chet Atkins, Steve Cropper, Eric Clapton, Al Caiola, Hank Garland, Bob Dylan, Beatles, Grateful Dead, Beachboys, Larry Carlton, BB King, Roy Buchanan, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Jeff Baxter, Terry Kath (Chicago), Steve Howe (Yes), Scottie Moore (Elvis), Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Duane Eddy, Tommy Tedesco, Roy Clark, Paul Johnson, the Shadows, the Ventures, Raul Reynoso, Andres Segovia, Fernando Sor


Tom Smerk has been playing in bands professionally since 1965. As of 2010, he is appearing as a solo artist at coffee house and other venues in San Diego, as well as playing lead guitar for Rightside, a country gospel rock group. Smerk plays acoustic and electric guitar, and has performed in a variety of bands including, rock, jazz, country & western, folk, bluegrass, swing, blues, classical, gospel, and polka.


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