Let’s celebrate Tommy Bolin’s birthday with a little guitar history lesson about six degrees of separation . In the 70's, Joe Walsh recommended a phenomenal guitar player named Tommy Bolin to replace him in The James Gang. A year later, Tommy moved on to replace Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple and his legacy grew. After his death, I met his brother Johnnie when we both played with Black Oak Arkansas. That friendship led to playing with Johnnie and Glenn Hughes for the Tommy Bolin Tribute tours and a great musical performance was released from that experience! We had such a rockin' good time working together that Johnnie offered me one of Tommy's acoustic songs that had never been released for my upcoming Miracle album and Johnnie played drums on it! Slow Driver is that song and as they say...the rest is history! Thank you, Tommy!
YES! That is Tommy Bolin jamming with Lynyrd Skynyrd on his Explorer.