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The World You Left Behind (LP)



The Thomas Brothers grew up close to the banks of the Ohio River, outside the southern edge of
Louisville, Kentucky, on a long cold stretch of mystery called Dixie Highway. The eldest brother—
Dave—became a drummer long before he ever had drums. He was playing variations on ‘Wipeout’
with pencils on his school-desk (much to the annoyance of his teachers) long before he held a pair of
real sticks. Middle brother Dean took to the guitar so quickly he was playing songs on the very first
day. Barry, the kid brother, is as natural on bass as Dean is on guitar. His idols are the faceless studio
musicians whose immortal licks are known worldwide.
Separately, in their own bands, they traveled the byways, playing road-houses, pool halls, juke-joints,
cathouses, church dances, dive-bars, and every kind of watering hole there is—all the time soaking up
the sounds that moved the hearts and souls of America—roots music—blues, soul, folk, rhythm &
blues, rock, and (the American music form that encompasses all these) country and western.
The brothers spent many long years on the road, so they didn’t get to play together much until
recently, when after only an hour or two they realized they had written several new songs without
even half-trying. They seemed to effortlessly tap into all those sounds they had absorbed over the
They promptly found a studio and made "The World You Left Behind", an album that evokes the best of
country’s rich tapestry. Dean sings lead and plays the hell out of every guitar he can lay hands on,
Dave harmonizes while playing the trap set, and Barry locks it all into place with his upright bass.
The songs, written by Dean and Dave (with one contribution from fiddler Craig Eastman) are meant
to sound like nothing less than your old favorite country record.
The Brothers have gone on the road with an assembled group of musicians who play on the album—
Jack Rudy (harmonica, vocals), Jesse Harris (pedal steel), and the aforementioned Craig Eastman
(fiddle). The audience response has been overwhelmingly positive. Dean is a natural front-man and an
entertaining storyteller, and the songs instantly connect the way they were meant to, like old friends.
A new tour is being prepared due to the enthusiastic welcome that the Thomas Brothers received
everywhere they played.
In an age when there are so many branches of country, it’s a pleasure to find a group that crosses over
all the sub-groups. The Thomas Brothers play pure country & western music, and have brought you
back to—The World You Left Behind.