James Thomas Band
Publishing: Andre Ferreri Music
Publishing Affiliation: ASCAP
Album Title: The Loves Of My Life
Record Label: Laser
With the upcoming, highly anticipated release of the James Thomas Band’s latest, perfectly titled album The Loves of My Life and their simmering, heart-tugging new single “Eileen,” the multi-talented, Virginia based soul-blues (with a tinge of country) rocker continues to ride the wave of an inspiring career renaissance.
Greatly encouraged and getting his long set aside creative mojo back, Thomas, Floyd and guitarist Pat Walters formed the James Thomas Band and recorded the multi-faceted concept album The Courthouse and the Redemption. Produced by Thomas, who sang lead and played acoustic guitar, the recording, driven by country rock foundations heavily seasoned with blues/rock influences, earned him an enthusiastic following in Europe – and the unique experience of being a middle-aged musician earning a following dominated by fans of the ages 13-18.
The James Thomas Band’s current success among European listeners is no surprise considering that Thomas – who was born in Durham, North Carolina, spent three years of his childhood in Verona, Italy. His father was a master sergeant in the U.S. Army attached to NATO as their comptroller. Thomas attended an Italian school from first through third grade. Two of the early obstacles he had to overcome were a terrible speech impediment and being trained to switch from being left to right handed. Two years ago, during an interview with the best-known radio DJ in Milan about working on The Loves of My Life, Thomas blew his host away by speaking fluent Italian. He also spent part of his childhood in Boston and Durham.
Making music on my own terms now, I can enjoy my success much more than I could have in those days,” he adds. “Back then, I had no objectivity and I was not as strong and refined a songwriter as I am today. I would just throw out the first thing that popped into my head and go with it. Now I carefully craft every single word and feel like I can communicate my feelings so much better. I’ve always understood the impact of music, but now I understand the power of words and always keep in mind how people will receive and relate to them.”
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