Will Thomas

Will Thomas

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Alabama Music: blues, country, Southern Rock, folk, and soul all fit within his take on the singer/songwriter genre.

Biography

Will Thomas writes Alabama Music; blues, country, Southern Rock, folk, and soul all fit within his take on the singer/songwriter genre. His performing career has taken him from the Mercury Lounge in New York to the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and on multiple tours in Europe, playing on bills with the Marshall Tucker Band, the Radiators, and Koko Taylor.

Will grew up in Alabama and returned to his roots to record two CDs, “I Will Not Look Like Them” (1997) and “Alabama Day” (2000). His latest release is “Live in Copenhagen” (2003) recorded over two shows at Vega Music Hall in Copenhagen with the Southern Fried Danish.

Lyrics

Waffle House

Written By: L. Grant Peeples III, Will Thomas

Waffle House (L. Grant Peeples/Will Thomas)

A short-order cook with a long butcher knife
Chopping up some onions in the egg-yellow light
A waitress with a tattoo, a black eye and a gold tooth
Pouring down some coffee for a couple in a booth
And the woman says: “You never made a damn decision in your life”
And the man says: well, he doesn’t say a thing

The woman eyes the waitress, the waitress eyes the door
The cook he eyes the man who is staring at the floor
And it’s four in the morning. The streets outside are empty
And any love that had a chance has already been made

The cook he breaks the silence like he broke his last fight
The early morning party crowd is home for the night
And the waitress fills the chasm with two orders of scattered, smothered, and covered
And the woman says: “This is going straight to my hips”
And the man says: well, he doesn’t say a thing

A stir in the corner by table five
The waitress looks up and says: “God, you’re alive” and
“I’ll pour you one more, Joe, but after that you’ve got to be moving on”
And the woman says: “Would you look at that old drunk”
And the man says: well, he doesn’t say a thing

There’s something about a diner open twenty-four
That people call it home when there’s no home anymore
And the man thinks that the griddle kind of reminds him of his mama’s kitchen
And the woman says: “I hear there’s a new factory upstate”
And the man says: well, he doesn’t say a thing

Discography

Live in Copenhagen (2003)
Alabama Day (2000)
I Will Not Look Like Them (1997)

Set List

If it is an Originals gig we'll start with the countrier songs and build into the bluesier rock songs towards the end. If it is a Covers gig (Allmans, Stones, Hank Williams Sr) we use the same formula to try and build excitement and usually finish with something like Earth, Wind & Fire or James Brown. The emphasis in any gig is to get people moving and having a good time.