The Band

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Formed in 2006, three well established musicians from the Tampa Bay music scene came together to form Fat Tractor. The idea was to produce a sound that pushes the boundary of the typical trio. Jammin’ grooves, vocal harmonies, tight riffs, and a set list that is familiar, original and full of surprises!


On acoustic guitar, harmonica, and vocals is Jim Brandenburg. As a performer, Jim has been down many diverse roads such as jazz, blues, funk, country, and alternative rock. He puts life and experience into a sound that is uniquely his own through all the music he has written and the sounds he creates. Jim takes no offense to being called a “redneck southern boy” because he’s playing from the heart and damn proud of it!


On bass guitar, lead and background vocals is Tony Thomas. He was raised in the Midwest but has lived all over this great country, from Kentucky to Connecticut with a long stop over in the Pacific Northwest for good measure. He’s played many instruments over the years but focused on bass in the late 80’s and since then has played everything from jazz to punk, to rock and Americana with a heavy focus on original material. Tony has logged hundreds of hours in the studio as a producer, engineer and musician and is thrilled to be holding down the bottom for Fat Tractor.


Drummer, percussionist Billy Turner grew up in a musical family, located in Northern Kentucky, and received his first drum kit at the age of 10.  Watching and listening to drummers from all genres of music, including country, pop, alternative, gospel, contemporary Christian and rock, developed his self-taught style.  Over the years, Billy’s experiences range from local cover bands to an original trio group, Hoodwink. He understands and appreciates the amount of work it takes to be successful, while having fun playing music. When on stage or in studio, his diligence to allow space, and play what is right for the song continues to evolve as a musician. Currently residing in Palm Harbor Florida, Air Force Veteran Turner spends time with his wife and dogs, multiple off-road communities, and enjoys fishing.  He has been looking to re-enter the music scene and finding Fat Tractor was a great fit!