"Best of 2011 for Los Angeles based Americana Music" Turnstyled, Junkpiled’s Los Angeles Americana Music Awards
"A truly gifted singer- songwriter whose songs capture the imagination of anyone that listens. It is a journey into a deeper awareness of ourselves."
"Derek is a very talented singer-songwriter, Nashville should be a major part of his career."
“SKYLINE DRIVE/Topanga Ranch Motel: “Mind blowing retro country rock/folk that takes you back to the day when you could have an FM hit that didn’t have to be a single and good vibes would be flowing in it’s wake. A great writer, front man/leader Derek Thomas finds the sweet spot Whiskeytown, Ryan Adams and the rest have been looking for. Thomas also finds the magic spot where you can do a bunch of down tempo songs without them being depressing. This cat is the singer/songwriter leading the nu charge. Killer stuff.””
" These are very well thought out songs that sound absolutely great."
"His music is soulful, uplifting, forlorn, infectious and well crafted"
"These are songs that pull us in and affect us emotionally"
"Thomas writes well and has a perfect wound voice. There are good lyrics here, not to mention it is pedalsteelen really evocative."
"I know I've said it before, but if Nashville would quit churning out pretty faced, no-talent, auto tuned hacks and look to the Indie/Alt country scene and groups like Skyline Drive, as a whole I think the country music industry would be in a much better place. "