Tom Atkins Band
A stewy gumbo of classic rock and shreddED punk with a DASH of power blues
Label: High Strung Productions LLC (Independent)
Genre: Hard Rock/ Guitar Instrumental
Hometown: Albany, NY
Influences: Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Soundgarden
Sounds Like: Joe Walsh, Smashing Pumpkins, Ten Years After, Joe Satriani
The Tom Atkins Band is made up of three talented musicians who have a tremendous passion for performing their own blend of Hard Rock, Progressive, Blues and Classic Rock music. Collectively the Tom Atkins Band have over 20 years of performing all over the United States, Canada and Europe.
Members of the Tom Atkins band have opened up for a multitude of diverse international touring acts such as Blue Oyster Cult, Breaking Benjamin, Molly Hatchet and David Allen Coe, and most recently, Cory Glover of Living Color. While this current lineup of the Tom Atkins Band is celebrating its second year, Tom and Bob have been performing together in different bands since 1997. The Tom Atkins Band regularly performs at parties, entertainment venues and festivals featuring a cover set list of several hundred songs as well as over sixty of their own originals. Guitarist and vocalist Tom Atkins is also frequently featured the capital district's open mic and blues jams on Thursday and Sunday nights. Tom has performed with guitar legends Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, and Vernon Reid, just to name a few.
Drummer Bob Napierski specializes in a very interactive and entertaining style of drumming every time he performs in public, often using anything hittable within arm's reach in an inspiring and musical manner. The Tom Atkins Band is one of the only bands in the Capital District that regularly features a compelling and entertaining drum solo, featuring medleys of famous songs from Led Zeppelin, The Who, Rage against the Machine and Santana. This medley features Bob's raw power and technical skill that provides a modern snapshot into the ongoing historical importance of the drum set.
Bassist Mike Persico has performed all over the Upstate New York music scene, playing everything from Jazz and Blues to Rock and Country bands. Inspired by the works of Jaco Pastorius, Mike adds his steadfast and reliable musical presence as a perfect complement to Tom and Bob's experimental musical tradeoffs which results in an unforgettable musical performance.