Tom Bennett is a folk/blues player from Georgia,he is the founder of Sweet Salt Records in Salt Lake City. Tom plays a Fender resonator guitar, harmonica, a suitcase drum and sings He is touring relentlessly. Having toured 31 states this summer.
He is known for his adventurous tours, everything from staying with east LA gang members, to riding freight trains, taking a greyhound around America and assisting in the wrangling of an 11 foot alligator off the GA coast.
Tom began playing guitar April 7 2013 and since that time has played over 300 shows and is making his living as a full time traveling folk singer. Previously he was a Boys & Girls Club Director and has a strong activist background.
He was recently featured in City Weekly Magazine and Utah Stories Magazine. He performed at the Clean Air No Excuses Rally at the Utah State Capitol where sang his original song "Governor, We Cannot Breathe" for 5000 people.
notable gigs include: -opening for Larry & His Flask -opening for Lukas Nelson (son of Willie Nelson) -multiple shows at Ninkasi Brewing, Eugene OR (fastest growing micro brew in the states) -10th Annual Portland Hempstalk Festival -Fox 13 News Salt Lake City -KUER Radio (Salt Lake City) -multiple performances on Park City Television - KRCL Radio (Salt Lake City) -March Against Monsanto (Salt Lake City Utah) - Clean Air No Excuses Rally at Utah Capitol (5,000 people, U.S.A record) -Moab Utah Music Festival
"A professional through and through, it was a pleasure working with Tom at our street festival. Who knew one man could make such a foot stomping, soul swaying sound?"
D Christian Harrison Organizer, Granary Row Concert Series, Salt Lake City Utah
"As a long time friend, fellow musician, and owner of an arts based non-profit organization I have had the privilege of watching Tom since he first got involved in humanitarian efforts and began learning guitar. I have never seen a musician acquire proficiency and professional gigs as quickly as Tom has, and I have an enormous respect for his dedication to life, music and community causes." -Michael Cundick Executive Director of AFLA (Artists For Local Agriculture)
"As host and producer of the Mountain Views program on Park City Television, I am afforded a panoramic view of the burgeoning Salt Lake City music scene. Talent abounds, but there is something singularly special about Tom Bennett. The combination of his evocative lyrics, haunting voice and the intensity of his true performances that sets him far apart from the 'average' performer. In the main, literature seems a forlorn castoff of the songwriting process. Not so Mr. Bennett. Hear echoes of the great American novelists in Tom's lyrics and close your eyes to landscapes of the Great West. I hope you'll agree that this is a voice for the future of America's artistic veins. The other, surprising facet of Tom's passion is his professionalism and clear work ethic. Not content to escape to the pretender's pose, Sweet Salt Records stands as a testament to Mr. Bennett's commitment to his fellow artists. There is no parallel to Sweet Salt in the annals of SLC music; the continuing development of the artist roster shows clearly that there is a movement afoot in Utah music. Tom Bennett is this movement's standard bearer" -Terry Burden Host & Producer of Mountain Views, Park City Television
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