The Bill Thomas Band
Bill Thomas, a preacher's son originally from Texas, now resident in Paris, is a born bluesman. His roots being in the great Blues tradition of the South. Both men of native American blood, Bill Thomas and Jimi Hendrix have one or two things in common. Both favour a 'power trio'. Bill, like Jimi, composes, plays lead, and sings his own unique brand of the Blues. Proud to claim such influences as Buddy Guy, Lightnin' Hopkins, Freddie King, Bukka White and Otis Rush, with a dash of JMH, Bill Thomas is difficult to label.
Without doubt Bill is a luminary in a new wave of Blues Greats! A combination of accomplished tradition, with memorable originality. It should come as no surprise, that he once shared a house with the late and great guitarist, Roy Buchanon. On arrival in Europe, the magazine 'Soulbag' described Bill Thomas as a "fiery and most exciting guitarist". Just the start of many glowing tributes as Bill familiarised himself with a succession of appreciative European venues.
His last CD, aptly named 'Preacher's Son', is a blast of fresh air. Recorded with the ex-Stevie Ray Vaughan rhythm section (alias Double Trouble), Bill Thomas proves himself to be a major creative force.
"A galloping boogie, a Chuck Berry style rock 'n' roll or lamenting the Blues, he immerses you in the roots of that music, without ever losing its essence." Dream, December 1997.
"Preacher's Son is an incredible modern ignition of everything we love, have loved, will love in the Blues and Rock 'n' Roll music." Rock and Folk.
Bill's British band members, are Sam Kelly on drums and Marion Dolton on bass guitar. Sam has quite a following of his own and is known for his exciting and imaginative playing as well as his charismatic personality. He was voted best British Blues/R&B drummer in 1998,1999, 2000 and 2001 by readers of the blues magazine Blues in Britain. Together Sam Kelly and Marion Dolton have built up the reputation of being one of the most exciting and tight rhythm sections in the country, working with various artists including Deacon Jones, Freddie Hughes, Pine Top Perkins and Adrian Byron Burns, on the continent and Ireland as well as in the UK.
The Bill Thomas Band has appeared at blues venues, art centres, festivals and concert halls ie. Burnley Festival, Welsh Dragon Festival, Harvest Festival Monaghan, Turner Sims Concert Hall Southampton, Guildhall Gloucester and Old Vic Theatre Bristol, with audiences loving every minute and promoters asking for return bookings.
During their February 2001 tour the Bill Thomas Band recorded
a new CD for Blue Track Records entitled "Ain't Half Steppin" which
was released on the 3rd September 2001.
Bill was featured in Blues in Britain magazine during May and the Bill Thomas band have been featured live on The Paul Jones Show both on Jazz fm and BBC Radio 2.