We are a groove oriented classic rock jam band, and we play the songs you love in a way you didn't realize you would love better. We aren't your usual bar band in several ways: First, we take our musicianship very seriously, from Billy’s impeccable raggedy velvet voice to the relentless precision and pop of the killer rhythm section. Second, we play songs most bar bands don't play. Third, no matter what we play, it has a groove that will make you dance, whether you want to or not. Those who are inclined to dance, will, regardless of whether there is a dance floor or partner available. Those who are not dance-inclined will usually start shaking some body part(s) while sitting on their bar stool. This all good and is nothing to be frightened of.
The Billy Thomson Band was born at Leadbetters in Fells Point when Billy needed a bass player one July weekend in 2007. A mutual friend put him in touch with Edward, a recently un-retired jazz bassist who liked to hang out in dive bars. When that weekend was over they decided to keep it going to see where the project would go. One year later, after tearing up the Fells Point bar scene with over 40 shows, Edward conned his jazz compatriot Kent, a R&B drumming giant in Baltimore, into sitting in for a gig on Halloween night - the most magical night of the year in Fells Point! Infatuated with the infectious grooves Billy and Edward laid down to songs he didn't remember having a groove when last heard on the radio, Kent decided to stay, and at that point there was no turning back.
For the next three years Billy, Edward, and Kent played hundreds of shows in Baltimore, Columbia, the Maryland Eastern Shore, and some places we don't really remember - including the big stages of Baltimore's Artscape and the Reisterstown Festival - using a rotating cast of all-star lead guitar monsters that included Frederic Tepper, Manny Martinez (featured on our album Live at Tyson's Tavern), Jeb Baynum, Kevin Robinson, Barry Prosser, Larry Dennis, and Mark Kreiser, building a sound and literally infecting a loving fan base with a passionate need to hear The Groove!
The last pieces of the puzzle finally fell into place In 2012 when we discovered that the mysterious blues/rock-god imbued lead guitarist Alan Marcus shared actual parts of our musical brains, and one-time 80's white-jumpsuit wearing local keyboard legend Fred Leffler had a layer of depth to add to the groove that we didn't even realize was missing until we heard it. So, the journey continues. Ever growing, ever evolving, and ever spreading that Groove Infection. Be careful because once you get it, it’ll never go away.