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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.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Keith Earl McLaughlin grew up thinking everyone played music. Growing up in a very musical family, he thought everyone was involved with this “music thing” but he quickly learned that was not the case. Motocross was his passion and music was always there until a friend’s band needed a fill-in drummer for the summer, as their drummer had broken his arm. So, at the age of eighteen, Keith decided that this “music thing” was his career path.
Moving first to Virginia Beach and eventually calling Nashville, Tennessee his residence for twenty plus years, Keith now calls Florida home.
He has played for artists ranging from R&B legend Percy Sledge, Hank Williams III, Chris Cagle, Ira Dean and many more. Currently he is holding down the groove with Florida based trio, Fat Tractor and his path continues!