Tommy Hannum is the steel guitarist, singer,
songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has led Ricky Van Shelton's band since
1994. Hailing from Maryland outside of Washington, D.C., he was exposed to rock,
country, bluegrass, jazz and developed a love for them all. His start in the
music business came in the 9th grade as lead singer of a rock and roll band.
Picking up the guitar soon after, he moved on to steel guitar while attending
college. Songwriting became a passion during those times, as he spearheaded
several bands with emphasis on original material. Tommy was fortunate enough to
back the legendary Emmylou Harris, and record two albums with regional favorites
The Rosslyn Mountain Boys. Since moving to Nashville, he has moved easily
between the old school, contemporary country and artists on the cutting edge.
Click here recording and live credits to see a partial listing.
"NOT ROCKET SCIENCE" is Tommy's recent instrumental project. Blending
many of his influences in a diverse, engaging set of mostly self-penned
compositions, his steel guitar spans the gaps between bluegrass, jazz, country,
ballads and blues. To read what they've written about this album, please click
here "Not Rocket Science" reviews.
"Page One" is a vintage collection of Tommy songs, mostly country,
and including one instrumental.
"7 1/4" is a fiery album from the RVS band of 1996 who all wore the
same hat size. A show case for the group's singing, writing, and instrumental
"SHELLTONES" was what someone yelled out as an earlier incarnation of
Ricky Van Shelton's band hit the stage to sit in. The name stuck, and the band
recorded some hot, pretty and swingin' instrumentals .
All these collections are available, each for $10.00 + $1.50 shipping from:
Madison, TN. 37115
With a degree in geology from the University of MD., Tommy also enjoys
collecting fossils and gems. Older musical instruments and amplifiers are among
his passions, along with softball and Washington Senators memorabilia.