Earl Thomas (USA & UK) 
 

A TWENTY FIRST CENTURY BLUES MAN!

Deemed "one of the most important blues artists of this decade" by the Best of Blues Awards, Earl Thomas began his professional career when he migrated to southern California after graduating with his degree in Music from Humboldt College a small private school in northern California.

He started playing Sunday afternoons at Winston's, a small bar in Ocean Beach just west of San Diego and is now recognized for his musical talents on four continents. Making his European debut at the renowned Montreux Jazz Festival in 1992, Earl successfully built a solid international reputation and fan base. A four time San Diego Music Award winner, he has also taken home some of the highest honors at the Best of Blues Awards, including Best Male Vocal, Best Contemporary Blues Artist, Best Album, and Best Songwriter.

His songs have been covered by icons such as Etta James, Solomon Burke, Screamin" Jay Hawkins, and Tom Jones, as well as by contemporaries like Janiva Magness, Big Lou Johnson, Tracy Nelson, blues queen Shemekia Copeland and most recently by up and coming British blues rocker Will Wilde. With his music featured on over 500 blues radio stations in the United States and around the world, Earl Thomas is a genuine blues star. His most recent release Introducing The Blues Ambassadors (2011) peaked at #12 on the Billboard Blues Chart and reached #1 on Sirius XM"s B.B. King's Bluesville.

In addition to Earl's live performance, recording, and touring schedule, he still maintains his long-running residency at San Francisco's Biscuits & Blues with the tight multicultural band The Blues Ambassadors. He has, in recent years, also grown familiar with the film industry. In 2004 he was invited to sing the title track on the DVD updated release of the 1971 concert documentary Soul To Soul starring a host of 1970s Soul stars including Ike & Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, and Santana. In 2006, Thomas contributed compositions to the national blockbuster In The Mix and the Sundance Film Festival award-winning Forty Shades Of Blue. A few years later, Earl once more endowed his music to film when his songs were chosen for the hit television series E.R. in 2009 and In Plain Sight and Bones in 2012.

Most recently, Earl has engaged in collaborations with The Blues Foundation to work towards raising the funds necessary to build a Blues Hall of Fame museum in Memphis, Tennessee. To reach this goal, Earl and his friends from around the globe have put together concerts devoted to celebrating the blues. Featuring artists across all musical genres, these special shows encourage musicians not typically known for singing the blues to give it a go and potentially discover new musical skills or passions.

Earl Thomas considers himself a "21st century bluesman." "The first bluesmen and women were slaves and sharecroppers," he says, "the third were urban factory workers, but the 21st century bluesman is college educated, sophisticated, world traveled, and wears Brooks Brothers'"

July 2014 dates will feature:

  • Pat Levett - Drums, Musical Director
  • Earl Thomas - Vocals
  • Eddie Angel - Guitar
  • Kevin Allwhite - Bass
  • Joe Glossop - Hammond Organ
  • Bob Dowell - Trombone
  • Neil Waters - Trumpet
  • Joe Auckland - Trumpet

 

 

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