San Diego, CA
Date and Time
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 at 9:30pm
Earl Thomas & The Rumboggies 25th Anniversary In the early 1990s, Earl Thomas made the rapid transformation from Humboldt State University music major to instantly successful blues singer/songwriter, a new artist on the block whose original songs were soon covered by blues icons Etta James, Solomon Burke, Screamin Jay Hawkins and Tom Jones. I got into music completely by accident, Thomas recalls of the memorable open mic night that served as his first public performance since a harrowing experience one decade earlier at a sixth grade talent show. Even after a few encouraging open mic nights, Thomas did not decide to pursue a career in music until his debut album BlueNot Blues, a senior project he and his good friend Philip Wootton undertook in their final year of college, was successfully recorded and sold. Following only the instructions in Diane Sward Rappaport's noted "How To Make And Sell Your Own Recording," they wrote the songs, hired the musicians, rented the studio, recorded, and produced the record that eventually landed on the desk of music impresario Herb Cohen who immediately signed Thomas & Wootton to a recording and songwriting deal. Since then, Thomas has gained recognition around the globe for his talents as a songwriter and "rock singer who sings the blues."