Dynamic guitar / harmonica duo...formed by a mutual interest of Blues, Rock, & Gospel, Tom Buenger & Teresa Russell have teamed up to deliver world-class guitar, unmatched vocals, & first-rate harmonica. Tom Buenger & Teresa Russell are Ventura & Santa Barbara County's most charismatic rock & blues duo.
Teresa Russell is the only female to ever qualify "in the top eight" for the national finals in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame/Guitar Center’s lead guitar competition, Guitarmageddon. Teresa competed with over 2000 guitarists across the country, and she accomplished this by winning the West regional in Los Angeles where she received "out-of-seat-thumbs-up" kudos from such Grammy award, celebrity judges/guitarists as Steve Lukather (Toto) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol).
Tom & Teresa are currently working on an album, expected to become available late 2018.
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With his vintage approach to music , Milo Sledge mixes traditional Blues, Country, and Americana styles of Lightnin' Hopkins, Johnny Cash and John Lee Hooker. Tom Buenger accompanies on Harmonica with steady rhythm reminiscent of Phil Wiggins or Sonny Terry...as well as delivering a powerful vocal presence, divergent from the pedestrian singing styles of many folk & acoustic blues artists.
Nominated / Winners multiple years as Ventura County's Best Americana Duo, Tom & Milo are sure to leave audiences remembering an era where the blues were played & sung without need for loud electric amps and pedals!
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Tom is currently working on a number of collaborations and solo projects and is always open to collaborating, recording, playing, & learning with other musicians.
Tom has teamed up with other musicians on a variety of projects & performances. Some of those other musicians include:
Ray Jaurique of Ray Jaurique & the Uptown Brothers
Jon Payne of Vanaka
(Santa Barbara, CA)
Ryan Axtell of Common Courier
Jonathon Matthews of the Oscar Ornelas Blues Band
The crew from Wirewood Station
(Colorado Springs, CO)
Thomas' musical journey began early, with a family that appreciated and encouraged an eclectic taste in music. The soundtrack to family vacations ranged from Earth Wind & Fire to R.E.M...to Elton John, Aretha Franklin, & Marvin Gaye. The only requirement...SOUL!
Thomas' strongest musical influences include Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, & the multitude of talented musician-mentors hard at work the in the streets and clubs of Nashville, Memphis, Austin, San Antonio, Denver, Anchorage, & Los Angeles.
Live music isn't possible without the support of the restaurants, clubs, wineries, breweries, etc. who continue to showcase & hire the best musicians from throughout Southern California. Below are links to some venues we have been fortunate enough to play who continue to support live entertainment.
Waterside Restaurant (Oxnard), Boatyard Pub (Ventura), Leashless Brewing (Ventura), MadeWest Brewing (Ventura), Capt Fatty's Brewery (Goleta), SB Cider Company (Santa Barbara), The Red Piano (Santa Barbara), Carr Winery (Santa Barbara), Winchester's Grill & Saloon (Ventura), Lucky Fools Pub (Moorpark), Ojai Deer Lodge (Ojai), The Hut (Ojai), Island Brewing Co (Carpinteria), The Core Pore Festival (Santa Paula), Oxnard Jazz Festival (Oxnard)
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