Allan Thomas

Allan Thomas

BandFolkAcoustic

I am a long-time singer songwriter with many years of experience. My music is a blend of singer songwriter, blues, folk rock, and light jazz. People have compared my vocals to Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs, and Marc Cohn. People have compared my sound to CSN, Bruce Cockburn and James Taylor.

Biography

Thomas's musical adventure began in Brooklyn NY when, at age 12, he joined an A Capella vocal group, performing at local events. At age 18, he signed his first solo record deal with noted producer Huey P. Meaux, who released Allan�s first single on Scepter Records.

Becoming a songwriter at 19, Thomas soon played the coffee house circuit in Greenwich Village, and in 1971 Sire Records released his first album of original songs "A Picture" produced by Richard Gottehrer. To support the album he toured the US opening for acts such as Weather Report, Richie Havens, Taj Mahal, Dion, Bill Monroe, and elder blues men Bukka White and Arthur Crudup.

In 1972, Thomas was invited to improvise vocals on the Cannonball Adderley Quintet song �Behold� which appeared on the groups �Soul of the Bible� concept album featuring Cannonball and Nat Adderley, and George Duke. Allan also sang improvisational vocals with the quintet at the Troubadour and Lighthouse clubs in Southern California.

Allan was a staff songwriter for ABC Music in the late seventies, and moved to Kauai in 1983. He released his second album �The Island� on his own Black Bamboo Recordings label in 1989. The CD was produced and mixed by Stephen Barncard, and featured Russell Ferrante of The Yellowjackets on piano and keyboards.

In 1997 AT released his third album �Coconut Culture� produced, recorded and mixed by industry veteran Mike Shipley, featuring a duet with Graham Nash of Crosby Stills & Nash on the song �The Navigator�. On this record Allan begins using several alternate guitar tunings that were gifts from David Crosby.

From 1998 to 2004 Thomas moonlighted as a DJ at KKCR Kauai Community Radio.

In 2005 Allan was assistant engineer on Donald Fagen�s (Steely Dan) third solo CD �Morph The Cat� which earned Fagen a 2006 TEC award for outstanding creative achievement for best record production album from Mix magazine, and a Grammy for best surround sound CD. Thomas also played rhythm guitar and sang backing vocals for both Fagen and Todd Rundgren in a benefit concert in March of 2005.

In September 2007 Allan Thomas released his fourth album �Making Up For Lost Time� joined by Graham Nash singing backing vocals on the song �Ray Of Hope�, along with James Taylor�s bassist Jimmy Johnson, and Tris Imboden of Chicago on drums. The CD also features Kauai musicians extraordinaire Ken Emerson on slide guitar and lap-steel, and Michael Ruff on keyboards and backing vocals.

David Crosby has this to say about Allan Thomas: "Allan Thomas is a singer and a songwriter, but he's more than that... He's an Islander, he's a Windrider. He's been there in that sun and in that sea, long enough to have soaked it up into him, into his heart... and it comes out in his songs. He's a really fine songwriter!" DAVID CROSBY, NOV. 1996

Lyrics

The Navigator

Written By: Allan Thomas

I AM THE NAVIGATOR OF THIS SHIP
SINGLE-HANDEDLY I PILOT EVERY TRIP
TRYING TO SIDETRACK THE DEMONS ON MY TRAIL
I SET SAIL I SET SAIL

I AM THE NAVIGATOR HERE AT SEA
WHERE NO LAWMEN CAN GET THEIR HOOKS IN ME
RATHER THIS FREEDOM THAN LANGUISH IN SOME JAIL
I SET SAIL I SET SAIL

I’M OK ON THE OCEAN BUT I’M LOST ON DRY LAND
NEED THE WIND AND THE MOTION AND THE WHEEL IN MY HAND

I’M THE SOLE SURVIVOR ON THIS DECK
I’VE HAD SOME CLOSE CALLS BUT I NEVER SHIPWRECKED
WHENEVER I MAKE LANDFALL THERE’S TROUBLE WITHOUT FAIL
I SET SAIL I SET SAIL

AND IT’S TAKING A LIFETME ON THIS JOURNEY ALONE
ALL I WANT IS A PEACEFULL PASSAGE AND A PORT TO CALL MY OWN

AS I LAY HERE IN MY WATERY DEN
WONDER WOULD I CHOOSE TO DO IT ALL AGAIN
GOD KNOWS WHERE I’M GOING YOU CAN’T FORWARD ANY MAIL
I’VE SET SAIL I’VE SET SAIL

I AM THE NAVIGATOR OF THIS SHIP
SINGLE-HANDEDLY I PILOT EVERY TRIP
TRYING TO SIDETRACK THE DEMONS ON MY TRAIL
I SET SAIL I SET SAIL I SET SAIL

Everybody Gets The Blues

Written By: Allan Thomas/Michael Ruff

WLAKIN’ DOWN A RAOD DRIVIN’ IN YOUR CAR
NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO IT’S NEVER VERY FAR
YOU CAN’T GET AWAY FROM THE ROAD YOU CHOOSE
EVERYBODY GETS THE BLUES

MIGHT BE FEELING TEN FEET TALL
EVEN HUMPTY DUMPTY TOOK A LITTLE FALL
HERE COME THE RUG FROM UNDER YOUR SHOES
EVERYBODY GETS THE BLUES

I’M GONNA TELL YOU HOW IT’S GONNA BE
BLUES ARE GONNA COME FOR YOU THEN THEY’RE COMIN’ FOR ME
SOME GONNA WIN SOME GONNA LOSE
EVERYBODY GETS THE BLUES

I’VE BEEN UP I’VE BEEN AROUND
I’VE SEEN LOVE AND MONEY COME TUMBLING DOWN
IT’S GONNA HAPPEN NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO
EVERYONE GETS THE BLUES

I’M GONNA TELL YOU HOW IT’S GONNA BE
BLUES ARE GONNA COME FOR YOU THEN THEY’RE COMING FOR ME
SOMETIMES YOU WIN SOMETIMES YOU LOSE
EVERYBODY GETS THE BLUES

ONE DAY SUNSHINE NEXT DAY RAIN COME DOWN
WHETHER YOU’RE RICH OR POOR NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE
EVERYBODY GETS THE BLUES

THERE’S ONE THING YOU CAN BE SURE
COME ONE MORNIN’ THERE’LL BE A KNOCKIN’ ON THE DOOR
OPEN UP BABY SAY HOW DO YOU DO
EVERYBODY GETS THE BLUES

I’M GONNA TELL YOU HOW IT’S GONNA BE
BLUES ARE GONNA COME FOR YOU THEN THEY’RE COMING FOR ME
MIGHT AS WELL FACE IT WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO
EVERYBODY GETS THE BLUES EVERYBODY GETS THE BLUES

WHETHER YOU’RE RICH OR POOR NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE
EVERYONE GETS THE BLUES

Leap Of Faith

Written By: Allan Thomas


BACK IN FEBRUARY I WAS KING OF THE WORLD
MY FEET HARDLY TOUCHED THE GROUND
YOU’RE A COOL RAIN FALLING ON DESERT SAND
AND WHAT CAN I DO
I FELL FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU

YOU’RE A FLAME I CAN’T RESIST
I FEEL THE HEAT AS I COME CLOSER
NOTHING ON EARTH MORE POWERFUL THAN THIS
AND WHAT CAN I DO
I FELL FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU

AND WHAT CAN I SAY
TO MAKE YOU WANT
TAKE THAT LEAP OF FAITH
LEAP OF FAITH

HEADLONG I RUSH TO THOSE POOLS OF BLUE
NO TELLING WHERE IT WILL LEAD US TO
FELL FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU

I WANT TO BE YOUR SANCTUARY
A SAFE HARBOR IN THE STORM
I WANT TO BE THE ONE YOU COME TO YES
AND WHAT CAN I DO
TO MAKE IT HAPPEN WITH A GIRL LIKE YOU

AND WHAT CAN I SAY
TO MAKE YOU WANT
TAKE THAT LEAP OF FAITH
LEAP OF FAITH

Remember The Best

Written By: Allan Thomas/Bryan Kessler


CAN’T SAY I NEVER SAW IT COMING
ALL THE SIGNS POINTING DEAD AHEAD
WOULD’VE GONE THE WHOLE NINE YARDS
BUT I’M GETTING OFF HERE INSTEAD

BEFORE WE KNEW IT CAME UNGLUED
KEPT ON LOSING ALTITUDE
WE DID THE ONLY SANE THING
REMEMBER THE BEST FORGET THE REST

PEAS IN A POD
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
FOUND OURSELVES IN HEAVY WEATHER
COULDN’T LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE
NOW IT CUTS DOWN TO THE BONE

BEFORE WE KNEW IT CAME UNGLUED
KEPT ON LOSING ALTITUDE
WE DID THE ONLY SANE THING
REMEMBER THE BEST FORGET THE REST

FADE TO THE LEFT WEAVE TO THE RIGHT
SWIM OR SINK BELOW
ROUND PEG SQUARE HOLE

BEFORE WE KNEW IT CAME UNGLUED
KEPT ON LOSING ALTITUDE
WE DID THE ONLY SANE THING

IT CAME UNDOINE TIME TO CUT OUR LOSSES AND RUN
WE DID THE ONLY SANE THING
REMEMBER THE BEST FORGET THE REST

Discography

I have recorded four albums of original material:

1971 - A Picture - produced by Richard Gottehrer on Sire Records.

1989 - The Island - produced and mixed by Stephen Barncard on Black Bamboo Recordings.

1997 - Coconut Culture - produced, recorded and mixed by Mike Shipley on Black Bamboo Recordings.

2007 - Making Up For Lost Time - produced and recorded by Allan Thomas and mixed and mastered by Mike Shipley on Black Bamboo Recordings.

Radio News for 'Making Up For Lost Time'

March 2008:

3/3/08 - DJ Gerrit Vermeij whose show Muziek Venster, of The Dutch National Radio station Beverwijk, has added 'Remember The Best' to it's March playlist. http://www.muziekvenster.nl/

3/11/08 - DJ Sylvie of Canberra Australia's Community radio station 2XX, has added 'Old Dog New Trick', 'Butterfly Jesse', and 'Leap Of Faith' to her show, and will do a phone interview with AT later this week.

3/16/08 - DJ Peggy of Fayettville North Carolina’s WFFS-FM is playing tracks from new CD.

February 2008

2/1/08 - Peter Holmstedt of Hemifran in Sweden has posted 'Making Up For Lost Time' as album of the week, and included Italy's Francesco Lucarelli's CD review. http://www.hemifran.com/album.html

2/1/08 - 'Making Up For..' is now available through Village Records. http://www.villagerecords.com/product_info.php?products_id=4720

2/2/08 - DJ Doug Young of KRCL-FM in Salt Lake City Utah, has played 'Ray Of Hope' and 'The Real Thing'.

2/2/08 - DJ Eclectic aka Ajay Chandriani of the live365.com show Mixed Bag Music out of Rosemont Pennsylvania, has also started spinning the track 'Making Up For Lost Time', in addition to 'Remember The Best'. http://www.live365.com/stations/djeclectic

2/10/08 - DJ Jeff Wignall of WPKN-FM in Bridgeport Connecticut, will be featuring tracks from both 'Making Up For Lost Time' and 'Coconut Cutlure' CD's on his February 19th show @ 2:30pm.

2/12/08 - Dagensskiva.com, one of the most important "entertainment sites" in Scandinavia, gives a short "news flash" about 'Making Up For Lost Time' with a link to AT website. "A great mix of blues, jazz, latin and more..." http://dagensskiva.com/2008/02/12/postboxen-2008-02-12

2/16/08 - Massachusetts - Marthas Vineyard radio station WMVY-FM has added "Leap Of Faith" to the playlist of their non-commercial web-streaming Local MusiCafe Show. http://www.mvyradio.com/local_musicafe/

2/18/08 - www.Rootsy.nu a Scandinavian Americana Website has listed 'Making Up For Lost Time' as one of it's top five CD's this week. From Peter Nordgren, one of Sweden's premier "roots-rock" writers: "...with a laidback feel; a lite Steely Dan sound of a single songwriter with supreme musicians in competence."
http://www.rootsy.nu/medarbetare.php?id=38

2/22/08 - DJ Big Al Watts of Melbourne Australia's Progressive Broadcasting Service, has been playing tracks from 'Making Up For Lost Time' on his blues and roots show Rhythm Roundup - http://www.pbsfm.org.au/Documents.asp?ID=651&Title=Rhythm+Round+Up

January 2008

DJ Roel Stabler of the Dutch radio show 'Country File-Rootsy Flavored' @Havenstadt-FM Netherlands recommends 'Making Up For Lost Time' as one of the top five best CD's for the first week of January 2008 to Euro-Americana Chart and Freeform American Roots Chart. Roel is still spinning 'Remember The Best'.

The Dutch Americana CD review website 'Hanx' reviews 'Making Up For Lost Time'.
http://www.hanx.net/recensieimg/december07/mannen.htm

WVGN-FM Public Radio in the Virgin Islands is playing tracks from 'Making Up For Lost Time'.

The Dutch Roots Radio show 'Songriver' hosted by Berrie Koetsier in the Netherlands has added the song 'Ray Of Hope' to its playlist on 1/4/08. And on 1/11/09 Berri added the song 'Remember The Best.
http://www.dutchrootsradio.com/songriver.htm

The Dutch website 'The Country Startpage' - which features many US Country and Americana artists - has added 'Making Up For Lost Time' as a CD to watch out for.
http://www.countrystartpage.com/

Freddy Cellis very cool Belgian Americana/Roots website 'Rootstime' has reviewed 'Making Up For Lost Time'. http://www.rootstime.be/

Ron Wiley DJ at KQNG-FM Kauai has been playing 'Ray Of Hope'.

1/14/07 - Launch of new internet based music download site Nova Tunes, featuring a 7 song downloadable version of 'Making Up For Lost Time' with artwork and a three minute music video shot by Jim Shea. Other artists on site include Graham Nash and Jackson Browne. www.novatunes.com

Blues Deluxe - the syndicated blues radio show out of Arlington Texas - adds the song 'Everybody Gets The Blues' from the 'Coconut Culture' CD to the playlist for the week of January 27th to February 2nd. Broadcast to over 103 stations nationwide, and on the internet @ http://bluesdeluxe.com/_wsn/page2.html
www.rootsmusicreport.com

Takashi Ito of the 'Westcoast Music' website 'Adult Contemporary Music In Japan' has recommended 'Making Up For Lost Time' as one to get.
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Set List

I perform mainly original material from my 4 records, plus a host of others I have not recorded yet, some in altered tunings.

I also perform songs by Bonnie Riatt, Ray Charles, the Beatles, Mose Allison, Marc Cohn, Willy Dixon, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Sting, Curtis Mayfield, Antoinio Carlos Jobim, the Drifters, Van Morrison, Sam Cooke, Ben E King, Big Mamma Thornton, Steely Dan, and plenty more.