The Sound… More than 35 years of musical evolution incorporating an eclectic blend of influences have produced the precise and warm guitar and vocal style of Tom Billotto. “Charlotte’s Best” magazine voted him “Best Local Acoustic” musician… “Tom Billotto plays brilliant guitar and his mellow voice caresses many a song with sweet notes.”
Tom’s sound is often described as “classy”…”tasteful”, and certainly his extensive musical training and influences contribute to these descriptions. At the heart of this sound is Tom’s Classical Guitar – or “finger-style” – technique which uses the right hand fingers to individually pluck the strings, supplying complex melody, rhythm and bass lines simultaneously. Tom’s sound took flight during formal music studies in college, culminating in a Music Performance Degree in Classical Guitar and Voice. Further influenced by the genius of Chet Atkins and countless jazz and classical virtuosi, and with vocal idols such as James Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, no wonder Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood Association’s newsletter refers to Tom as “…the finest professional acoustic guitar player in town…”
Based in Charlotte, North Carolina since 1988, Tom Billotto passionately pursues a full-time music career, averaging more than 200 performances per year in: restaurants; concerts; festivals; country clubs; private, corporate and fundraising events; wine dinners/tastings; weddings; radio and TV. Tom has performed with Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis, Hugh Taylor (James’ brother) and regularly works with some of Charlotte’s top musicians, including: Vocalist Kim Carper; Percussionists Donnie Marshall, Jim Brock, Rick Murray and Chris Garges; Guitarist/Ukuleleist Jimmy Bookout and Saxophonist Tim Gordon.
Repertoire … Classical, Spanish/Latin American, Jazz standards, classic pop, Chet Atkins James Taylor, Beatles, Sinatra, TV/movie themes, well-crafted originals … A Tom Billotto performance can feature vocal and instrumental or exclusively instrumental works…in either case, always classy and classic, showcasing a versatile collection of works by some of the greatest composers. In addition, Tom is very proud of his many original arrangements of popular songs and jazz standards.