the new millennium, Tom Dowd’s mind was sharp as ever,
but his body began to slow. He did keep a busy schedule, though,
continuing to record veterans and up-and-comers alike.
His 30+ year collaboration with
The Allman Brothers Band continued, serving as a producer,
confidant and friend of the group. He produced A
New Day Yesterday, the debut album for gifted guitarist/singer/songwriter
Joe Bonamassa. Tom also produced
an album for Susan Tedeschi,
the 2000 “Best New Artist”
Grammy nominee, as well as recording with 2, featuring singer
Joe Condiracci. Tom’s
work on an album for Gladys Knight
was nominated for a Grammy, and he continued nurturing and
developing the musical careers of unsigned artists.
Tom was the recipient of a 2002 Grammy for his
seemingly endless contributions to the modern recording industry.
Friends and family gathered in Los Angeles to see him receive
the award in his usual selfless, humble manner.
a lengthy battle with emphysema, Tom Dowd passed away on October
27, 2002. To know the man was to love the man, and none of
us who knew him will ever stop loving Tom Dowd.
The cinematic story of Tom Dowd’s
life, entitled Tom Dowd &
the Language of Music was completed
in January 2003 and premiered at the 2003
Sundance Film Festival. It is slated
to play at film festivals around the globe. The whole world
will now get the chance to know the man, and love him as we