2022 Iowa Blues Challenge Winner: Tom Spielbauer

  • 4000 Mills Civic Parkway | West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Presented By: West Des Moines Public Library
  • Dates: February 11, 2023
  • Location: West Des Moines Public Library
  • Phone: 15152223407
  • Start/End Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Overview

    The Library is very excited to present the winner of the 2022 Iowa Blues Challenge! Tom Spielbauer is a guitarist playing in a delta blues style who plays a foot drum and slide guitar in the style of musicians such as Elmore James and R.L. Burnside. A prolific songwriter, Tom is known for playing boot-stompin blues boogie as the lead player in the Iowa roots band Cedar County Cobras and recently has played as a solo act in Clarksdale, Mississippi and several Midwest venues and festivals.

    In 2005, Tom was diagnosed with advanced macular degeneration at a young age and declared legally blind. Following in the footsteps of blind blues musicians such as Blind Willie McTell & Alan Wilson, he eventually traded his concrete tools for a guitar and a foot drum to play the blues full time.