Allan Thomas / Bio
My musical adventure began in Brooklyn NY when, at age 12, I joined an A Capella vocal group, performing at local events. At age 18, I signed my first solo record deal with noted producer Huey P. Meaux, who released my first single on Scepter Records.
Becoming a songwriter at 19, I soon played the coffee house circuit in Greenwich Village, and in 1971 Sire Records released my first album of original songs ‘A Picture’. I then toured the US opening for acts such as Cannonball Adderley Quintet, Weather Report, Richie Havens, Mark Almond Band, and elder blues men Bukka White and Arthur Crudup.
In 1972, I was invited to improvise vocals on the Cannonball Adderley Quintet song ‘Behold’ and also sang improvisational vocals with the quintet at the Troubadour and Lighthouse clubs in Southern California.
In the late seventies I was a staff songwriter for ABC Music, and moved to Kauai in 1983. I released my second album ‘The Island’ on my own Black Bamboo Recordings label in 1989.
1997 found me releasing my third album ‘Coconut Culture’, which was produced, recorded and mixed by industry veteran Mike Shipley. The CD featured a duet with Graham Nash of Crosby Stills & Nash on the song ‘The Navigator’.
In 2005 I was assistant engineer on Donald Fagen’s (Steely Dan) third solo CD ‘Morph The Cat’. I also had the great fun playing rhythm guitar and singing backing vocals for both Fagen and Todd Rundgren in a benefit concert in March of 2005.
In October of 2007 I released my 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.
In August of 2010 Black Bamboo Recordings released ‘The Downturn’ as a single-song download – the first completed song from the upcoming CD.
I’m currently recording 'Deep Water', my sixth album, and recording and producing other artists, while surfing and windsurfing as much as humanly possible.
- Band Members:
- Allan Thomas, Graham Nash, Michael Ruff, Bryan Kessler, Jimmy Johnson, Tris Imboden, Kirk Smart, Ken Emerson, Joel Taylor, Russell Ferrante, Judd Miller, Zeke Z
- Artist Name:
- Allan Thomas
- Home Page:
- Rock / Blues / Island Soul
- Kalihiwai, HI