Tom Murphy picked up the guitar at age 11 in St. Louis, and didn’t put it down until he received a mandolin for high school graduation. Shortly thereafter, he heard the David Grisman Quintet’s first album, and the mandolin quickly took center stage in his life. His inventive mandolin solos, driving rhythm, and tight harmony vocals add color to a variety of bands in his present hometown of Bozeman, Montana. Current bands include: Two Bit Franks (Original/Bluegrass/Americana) Thermal Grass & Stormy Creek(Bluegrass/Newgrass/Jazz), The John Lowell Band (Bluegrass), Hooligans (Rock/Dylan/Dead), Lone Mountain Trio (Bluegrass/Americana), Little Jane and the Pistol Whips (Americana/Country), and singer-songwriters Jim Averitt, Chris Cunningham, and Connor Garvey.
Tom has been invited to share the stage with Rodney Crowell, Tony Trischka, Sam Bush, John Mayer, Jeff Hanna of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Billy Payne of Little Feat and Brewer & Shipley.