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Tom Cunningham

Tom Cunningham is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Tom performs as a solo, bandleader and sideman with several bands on fiddle, mandolin acoustic and electric guitars. Tom's acoustic string band, TCB, gives listeners a mix of Americana, Country, Bluegrass, and Western Swing. Tom is also one of the worship leaders for the “Country Gospel” venue at North Coast Church in Vista CA.

Tom’s songs have made it to the big screen and small screen having written and performed the theme song for RFD-TV network’s Cowboy’s Kitchen, (Tom appears on the show as the musical and comedic sidekick to famed Texas chef Grady Spears),and three of Tom’s original songs are featured in the Lions Gate movie "Cold Storage".

San Diego visitors and locals may remember Tom as the Dolphin Show Host at Sea World of California, opening and emceeing the show for thousands of visitors each day for several years.

Going back to the mid 1980s, Tom played lead guitar and fiddle with both the KCBQ and KSON Flatbed Bands and opened for virtually every major country act that came to San Diego. In 1993 Tom was honored with CCMA’S Fiddler of the Year award. (California Country Music Association, San Diego Chapter)

Earlier years:

Tom began playing in elementary school and was playing gigs while still in high school. Learning guitar from all his siblings, especially his brother Barrie, who is also a successful professional musician. Discovering bluegrass in the early 70’s, Tom began concentrating on fiddle, mandolin and flat-pick guitar styles. He honed his skills while playing with The Daydreamers Ball, a well loved bluegrass band in Northern California playing the acoustic hot spots in San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa.

Current bands:

TCB: An acoustic Americana string band.
Lighthouse: A traditional Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel band.
Grassology: A Bluegrass trio that has done hundreds of shows for San Diego County Schools through Young Audiences, a national organization bringing the arts into the schools.
Superstars of Country: Country tribute show.
Hot August Nights: Neil Diamond tribute show.
Adventures in Parrotdise: Jimmy Buffett tribute show.