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Tom plays rhythm guitar and splits the lead and harmony vocals with his sister, Julie. He is the proud father of three grown boys and grandfather to five boys and a girl. Tom lives on land that has been home to the Venne family since the 1800's. The former farm is nestled in the Saranac river valley in the foothills of the Adirondacks. With the exception of a four-year stint in the US Navy that ended in 1974, this always has been, and always will be, home.

After graduation from SUNY Plattsburgh, Tom gained employment with the Federal government. This employment allowed him to see many different parts of the country and world and also allowed him to pursue his love of music. He has been very happily retired since 2011.

Tom grew up listening to traditional roots country and bluegrass. He has never strayed from the music that captured his soul years ago. Tom's first and most important musical influences were his mother and father. Some of his earliest memories of music were of them practicing with their band, Clem Hawkins and the Wagoneers. They taught him that the most important people at a show were not the band or the promoters, but the fans that spent their time and hard earned money to come and listen to the music.

Tom was inducted into the New York State Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999 while playing with a band called, appropriately, The Upstate New Yorkers. Tom also sings in the church choir on Sunday mornings.

The most important things in his life are family, music, laughter and food, not necessarily in that order if he is really hungry!

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