Tom Bekeny

Tom Bekeny
Photo By: Anne Hamersky

Tom Bekeny (mandolin, vocals), who has been playing and singing with Kathy since 1996, is among the most adventurous mandolinists in the music, creating thrilling solos as well as solid backup by using influences ranging from his thorough grounding in blues to his mastery of Jesse McReynolds’ “split string” technique with nods to Monroe, Burns, Wakefield, and hisownself along the way. Tom is a veteran of Laurie Lewis & Grant Street and Done Gone, has appeared with Peter Rowan, David Grisman, and Jerry Garcia, and has been the fiddler in High Country, the west coast’s premier traditional bluegrass band, since 1988. Tom also currently plays in a jazz trio, The Missing Man Quartet; with Bill Evans’ all-star trad ‘grass jam band, Bangers & Grass; and frequently appears with gypsy jazz guitarist George Cole. He has released both a mandolin instruction DVD (Beginning Mandolin) and a highly-regarded CD of jazz standards titled Jazzolin. Tom is also an experienced teacher, giving private lessons on mandolin and fiddle, and as part of music camps including the California Bluegrass Association Music Camp, Camp He Ho Ha (Alberta, Canada), Nimblefingers (BC, Canada), Haapavesi Folk Music Festival (Finland), and Walker Creek Music Camp (California).


DISCOGRAPHY (in addition to KKB and Cut To the Chase):


  • Tom Bekeny – Jazzolin (Dog Boy, 2013)
  • High Country – Sunset on the Prairie (Turquoise, 1995)
  • High Country – The Earthquake (Strictly Country, 1997)
  • High Country – Perfect Companions (Squirty, 2009)
  • The Done Gone Band (Police, 1979)
  • Grant Street String Band (Bonita, 1983)
  • Quake City Jug Band (Cordon Bleu, 2010)
Tom Bekeny
Photo By: Jon Sievert