Tom Billotto | All I Know

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All I Know

by Tom Billotto

A collection of expertly crafted, jazz-inspired songs. With a nod to the likes of James Taylor and Earl Klugh, Tom's smooth tenor vocals and deft fingerstyle guitar-playing shine through, as do the performances of a host of seasoned supporting musicians.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Pop
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1. There's Somethin' 'Bout Me and You
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2. No You
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3. Early Clue
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4. When Springtime Feels Like Fall
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5. Get Lost... With Me
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6. Something New
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7. Your Hands
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8. PM
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9. Oh, Look At Me Now!
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10. One Shining Moment
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11. Toe to Toe
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
More than 40 years of musical evolution, incorporating an eclectic blend of influences, have produced the precise and warm guitar and vocal style of Tom Billotto. A Charlotte magazine voted him “Best Local Acoustic” musician, saying "Tom Billotto plays brilliant guitar and his mellow voice caresses many a song with sweet notes.”

Often described as “classy” and “tasteful,” Tom’s repertoire is diverse and his sound is mellow. At the heart of this sound is Tom’s classical guitar, finger-style technique. 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 a Charlotte NC-based publication referred 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. Tom has performed with Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis, Hugh Taylor (James’ brother) and regularly works with some of the Southeast’s top musicians, including Grammy and Emmy nominated percussionist Jim Brock; Donnie Marshall, Ron Brendle, Tim Gordon and Chad Lawson. Tom's major influences are jazz, classical, James Taylor, Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Chet Atkins, Earl Klugh, Bossa Nova/Latin, Pat Metheny, to name a few .










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Willie Park Jr

VERY Nice!
This is an astonishingly good CD. Tom Billotto’s songwriting skills are perhaps only exceeded by his superb ability to craft both the vocal AND guitar parts of these very listenable new songs. His vocals will remind you of James Taylor, and his outstanding guitar work will remind you of Earl Klugh, Chet Atkins, and Tommy Emmanuel. Billotto’s outstanding musicianship is well-known throughout the Charlotte NC area, and this new CD should bring well-deserved recognition of his burgeoning talent to a much broader geographical audience. Bravo, Tom, well-done!
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Tommy D.

Classy Choice
This CD is an eclectic masterpiece of tunes that features something for everybody. Upon first listening to it, it took me forever to hear the entire album as I kept hitting "repeat" on each song I came across. Having heard Tom play live numerous times, his soothing voice is captured beautifully on this album. My recommendation… Purchase, play and enjoy!
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Tony Billotto

All I Know
If life is truly a flowing river of ideas,memories, relationships and contribution, then Tom Billotto has succeeded in creating a classic album for all the ages. "All I Know" is impeccably produced by Jim Brock[Grammy nominated], who also plays life energizing percussion on the album.Donnie Marshall on drums drives the recording through time with complex and creative rhythms. Mark Stallings' keyboard work is right on point. Ron Brendle's sensitive bass playing provides a solid foundation with timely emotional cues. Tim Gordon on sax, clarinet and flute provides the sweetest reed sounds on the planet. Jon Thornton's horn arrangements, trumpet and flugelhorn playing add soaring power. Mary Youngblood's Native American flute adds a mysterious ambiance. Little Big Eagle's vocals will give you the "chills." This is an album that anyone can listen to and embrace forever...forever.
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Joe M

Beautiful melodies and lyrics
" All I Know" encompasses captivating instrumentals and vocals that tell heartfelt stories. "Early Clue", an instrumental, was definitely a favorite of mine. " No You" is a prime example of the Tom's smooth vocal abilities. "Something New" is a "Samba-esque" number that had me swaying along with the tune... I loved it. And what a surprise with the native American influence in "Toe to Toe". Such diversity of music in one CD that all should enjoy.
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HL

Strikingly Good
When I first heard the CD "All I Know" I was blown away - warm rich rhythms, and meaningful lyrics touched my heart as if the songs had been written for me, about places and people I know. From reading the liner notes this is obviously a highly personal album for Billotto, but one that speaks to every listener and I believe its a must for every collection. My favorite cuts are "There's Somethin' 'Bout Me and You" and "Toe to Toe" - Tom Billotto's beautiful voice and his skillful guitar style capture the music and lyrics he created and , in the end, just make you feel good . Also love his take on the standard - "Oh, Look At Me Now" - know we are looking and listening, Tom, and love what we see and hear! Job well done - can't wait to hear more!
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Ric A

Outstanding CD!
Tom Billotto shows a very rich voice on all the songs, combined with a wide variety of styles. It's easy to imagine Tony Bennett or Sinatra singing the first cut, James Taylor a couple others. "Toe to Toe" ends the CD with a wonderful beat, native American flute and vocal. In all, a masterful performance!
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