tom rodwell biography text

Tom Rodwell is a critically acclaimed guitarist and singer performing a hybrid of blues, calypso and spirituals, active as a songwriter, composer and session musician. 

Described as “Sheffield’s answer to Lightnin’ Hopkins,” by the NME, the singer-guitarist has appeared widely in the UK, Switzerland, Holland, New Zealand and the US since 2003, both solo and with his ever- changing band Storehouse. He’s opened for artists including Kitty, Daisy & Lewis,Trinity Roots, Leon Russell, John Butler Trio, Charles Bradley, Son of Dave, C.W. Stoneking, Otis Taylor and Derek Trucks - who remarked, “You don’t hear that anymore; beautiful tunes, beautiful groove!" 

His uniquely primitivist yet dance-orientated take on rhythm and blues music takes influences from calypso, 19th century spirituals, non-Western music, experimental music and 60's pop - making his playing thoughtful, hard to categorise, yet frequently accessible, salacious and surreal. 

"By turns wild, angry, hypnotic and sensual, it’s as uncompromising as it is funky and some of the best live music I’ve seen,” remarked Blues in London.