Michael Scott Thomas~ Born and bred in North Little Rock, Arkansas started singing, playing guitar, and harmonica like lots of artist, around a good campfire and on the banks of rivers and bayous. Taking bits and pieces of his southern culture, and favorite musical influences, Michael developed a sound all his own, a mix of old school honky tonk, down home blues, gritty soul, funk, and rock n roll.
Michael moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2001 and didn’t take long to get into the local open mic scene. After doing that for a few years, he joined up with a couple of guys from work and formed the band “Arkansas and the River Bandits” a blues based rock band that had that distinct flare of what some people referred to as Swamp Rock . The band called it quits in 2013 but the music didn’t stop there.
Now a local singer/songwriter in Seattle,WA, bringing with him a distinct genuine sound of down home blues/soul that can hardly be reproduced. The grit in his voice says it all; to help and free the tired soul, the downtrodden, and the oppressed with sounds that dwell deep within all man kind... the sounds of love and perseverance , the sounds that ache within all of us for better, for freedom of all the things that bring us down. The Blues.
Influences include Otis Redding, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Ben Harper, Tom Waits, Pearl Jam, CCR, JJ Grey & Mo Fro, Hank Williams, and Waylon Jennings!
A much anticipated release of Michael’s debut cd “Guitars, Whiskey, and Fire” is due out mid-summer!