Tommy G from the 509 (Tommy Gantt) has been writing songs, playing guitar and performing on stage since 1976.
His influences are broad ranging. Artists such as James Taylor, Jim Croce, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Eagles, Billy Joel and Harry Chapin had a big influence on Tommy early on; forging the framework for his melodic compositions. Comparisons have been drawn to current artists Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, and the late Bradley Nowell of Sublime.
His debut original album, "Upstarts and Old Farts" was recorded, engineered and produced by Jesse "B Dawg" Bennett and himself in his own studio in Spokane, WA in July 2009.
Tommy is a two-time Spokane's Got Talent Top 20 Finalist. He performed in both the 2009 show at Ichiban and the 2010 show at The Bing Crosby Theatre. He finished 5th in 2009; 7th in 2010.
From April until September 2011, Tommy was the host of "Tommy G's Invitation Jam" at Ugly Bettie's Public House every Thursday Night.
Tommy and his "Legends After Eleven Band", which featured many of the current Nug Jug members, performed at Pig Out In The Park in Spokane, WA and Hempstalk in Portland, OR in September 2011.
Tommy's latest project, "Tommy G & The Nug Jug Band", is currently in the studio and expects an April release of its new album. This band features bassist/vocalist Jason Stoddard (formerly of 18 Shades), lead guitarist Lucas Brown (of Bodhi Drip), percussionist Pat Cantlon, Jonny Harpburn on harmonica and Patrick "The Bard" Stewart on saxophone and vocals. This group's sound is eclectic; combining elements of jazz, blues, rock, pop, reggae, R&B and Hip-Hop.