Tom Harding: Award-Winning Producer / Engineer (BB King, Etta James, Buddy Guy)


Tom Harding: Award-Winning Producer / Engineer (BB King, Etta James, Buddy Guy)

In this episode of The Jay Franze Show, we’re joined by the incredibly talented and accomplished music producer and engineer Tom Harding. From humble beginnings in Utah to becoming a sought-after figure in the music industry, Tom’s journey is inspiring.

Tom’s passion for music and recording led him on a remarkable path. Growing up in a military family, he ventured from college to Saudi Arabia and back, driven by the desire to become a recording engineer. His choice to attend Memphis State University set the stage for an incredible career.

During his time at MTSU, Tom’s internship at Elektra Records opened doors he could have never imagined. A chance encounter led him to an assistant’s job at a new sound studio, where he honed his skills and learned from industry legends. Tom’s dedication and talent eventually earned him the role of the first engineer.
As Tom shares his story, we dive into the pivotal moments that defined his career. From producing albums for artists like BB King, Etta James, Buddy Guy, and Cissy Houston to engineering for ZZ Top, Tom’s contributions to the music world are genuinely remarkable.

We’ll also explore the birth of Tombstone Recording, the studio he co-founded and transformed into a hub for creativity. This studio has been the birthplace of countless hits and hosted renowned artists like Burt Bacharach, Brooks & Dunn, and Pam Tillis.

Join us as we delve into the life and career of Tom Harding, a music producer and engineer whose dedication, passion, and talent have left an indelible mark on the music industry. You won’t want to miss this fascinating episode filled with stories from behind the mixing console and insights into the magic of music production. Tune in now!

Show Information

  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Guest: Tom Harding
  • Recorded: September 11, 2023


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