Jefferson Thomas

Jefferson Thomas

 Elmhurst, New York, USA
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A contagious virus of rock, twang, pop, and funk - driven home by Jefferson's blue-eyed soul vocals and out-of-control guitars. And a live show where anything can happen...and usually does.

Biography

Your earliest memories are of a nightly ritual, played over and over again, ten thousand times. Waking up just before dawn to the old man's headlights shining in your bedroom window. The familiar bang of a guitar amp slamming against the front door, followed by a reassuring string of four-letter words. Good. He made it home again. You drift back off to sleep, only to be awakened just a few hours later by your mother, who is a singer. You smell coffee and you hear the stereo roaring to life, beckoning you into a world with never enough money, but more wealth than anyone could imagine.

Some kids might be able to fight the currents of such a childhood, but by his eleventh birthday, Jefferson Thomas had thrown up his hands and surrendered, sitting in on bass for the old man's gigs. Within a year the kid had switched to guitar and was writing his own songs. At fifteen he was playing clubs, fairs, and festivals all over the northeast, and soon after he was bringing his unique blend of modern rock, pop, and alt-country to audiences all over the U.S. Radio finally caught wind of Jefferson in 2003, as GRAND CENTRAL STATION, the first single from Jefferson's HEAVY ROTATION CD, spent the winter consistently beating out new offerings from U2, matchbox twenty, Creed, Pink, and Bon Jovi in Adult Contemporary radio playlist adds, according to Friday Morning Quarterback. GRAND CENTRAL STATION started the new year off in the top 40 on the FMQB AC chart. At press time it was at #23 with over 1200 plays per week nationally, and has just passed the 10,000 play mark at commercial radio across America. And now Jefferson is making waves internationally, charting on radio stations as far away as Ireland, Germany, and the Pacific Rim, and playing for our fighting men and women overseas.

Jefferson’s powerful vocals and killer guitar stylings are augmented by drummer Neil Nunziato (from the NYC band Mr. Henry, whose debut album was produced by Counting Crows’ guitarist David Bryson), veteran NYC session and live bassist Eric Mauriello, and transplanted-Texan guitar and keyboard phenom Anthony Garcia. Together, they serve up a breathless evening of Jefferson’s songs as well as some well-chosen cover tunes, the kind that make you say “Whoa, I remember that song!” And then you’re in trouble, because chances are
you’ll end up singing it onstage. Jefferson Thomas blows away that “wall” between performer and audience; he’ll suddenly run out and do a song in the middle of the audience with an acoustic guitar, playing and singing without power. And suddenly, you can hear a pin drop in what was a noisy club just a second ago. Or he’ll grab a mandolin and the band will suddenly turn the funk tune they were doing into a double-time bluegrass romp. You just never know…

Hometown audiences have discovered what all the fuss is about at live shows in New York venues like the Hard Rock Café, Arlene Grocery, Washington Square Park, and Central Park. They already know what everyone else across the nation and around the world is now finding out: American rock and pop is alive and well, and its name is JEFFERSON THOMAS.

Lyrics

Mary's Night Out

Written By: Jefferson Thomas

MARY’S NIGHT OUT

She didn’t go to her reunion ‘cause the best is yet to come
There’s some mighty fine things in this life and she’s gonna get her some
But the money goes out and the money don’t come in
She hates it when she gets this way, and here she is again

Let me tell you all about Mary’s night out
They say she was a good girl, but I have my doubts
Now it’s three AM and Mary’s drunk again
And she’s catching a ride home with the fourth wise-man

Now, Mary don’t like the music and the crowd in here
So she’ll take a drink and close her eyes and make us disappear
She’s a little princess; she’s not like you and me
She don’t come cheap and she don’t come easy, and she don’t come for free

(chorus)

Now Mary, she don’t love no one, but she’d love to try
She likes to dance with nothing on and she likes to get real high
If she don’t get it right, she’ll get it any way she can
She don’t come cheap and she don’t come easy, but here she comes again

(chorus)

words and music ©2005 Jefferson Thomas (BMI)

Rocket Rider

Written By: Jefferson Thomas

ROCKET RIDER

I’m just another snake on the edge and on the make
Slither off to the desert and go back in time
You got good taste and time’s a-wastin’
Come on, set me up so you can knock me down

I really want to kiss her, but who knows where she’s been?
I want to take her home, but I can’t go back there again
I tried to mind my business, but she would not let me be
She wants to ride my rocket and that’s all right with me

It’s all a big mistake; the kind I always make
Fishnets and whiskey and the best of intentions
Another night inside her; little Miss Rocket Rider
This ain’t no trick and I ain’t no John, so I guess it must be love

She really wants to kiss me, but who knows where I’ve been?
She wants to take me home, but then we’d wake up all her friends
I tried to mind my business, but she would not let me be
She wants to ride my rocket and that’s all right with me

I really want to kiss her, but who knows where she’s been?
I want to take her home, but I can’t go back there again
She really wants to kiss me, but who knows where I’ve been?
She wants to take me home so I can sleep with all her friends
I tried to mind my business, but she would not let me be
She wants to ride my rocket and that’s all right with me

words and music ©2005 Jefferson Thomas (BMI)

She Don't Like It (When It Rains)

Written By: Jefferson Thomas

SHE DON’T LIKE IT
(WHEN IT RAINS)

She loves the morning
Sugar and cream, she remembers the dreams she had
And she don’t need no warning
She’ll die like a saint but she’ll sing how it ain’t so bad

But she don’t know, no she don’t know how to change
She may not like to complain
But she don’t like it when it rains

She loves the sunshine
She’ll let it slide through the Great Divide again
And she runs the bloodline
And the tears you shed and the blame and the red on your hands

(chorus)

She loves the evening
She likes to pace herself with the grace of the city
And here she comes again
Getting high while the time goes by, what a pity

(chorus)

She’ll try to stand the strain
But she don’t like it when it rains

words and music ©2005 Jefferson Thomas (BMI)

Discography

New CD, "COME ALIVE" drops internationally, Septmber 2005 - single "Grand Central Station" from the previous CD has logged over 15,000 plays nationally to date on commercial AC radio.

Set List

There is a lot of crowd interaction and open-ended jamming in our sets, so whereas the typical 45-minute set might include 11 songs, our show might be only 7 or 8. Occasional covers include "All Right Now by Free, "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane, and "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2.