One word can be used to describe Jefferson Thomas' music: American. It is quite literally a “melting pot” – of the places he’s been and the things he’s seen, heard, and felt. "I listen mostly to new people making new music, and there's a lot of great stuff out there. I also love to listen to old music; retro R&B and soul, vintage country, classic rock, whatever," Thomas muses, "but I don't just want to parrot that stuff. I'm not a fan of the whole tribute-band thing. Those classic records are classic for a reason - they were good. If we want to honor them, let's all try to make new good music. If we're lucky, maybe somebody will be listening to us twenty-five or fifty years from now."
Jefferson started out in his father’s footsteps as a guitarist in his teens, playing professionally all around the US. With the money he had packed away from gigs and a music scholarship, he headed off to college, where he discovered vintage R&B and soul after somehow winding up being the lead vocalist in a nine-piece horn band. A thousand gigs later he had refined the “blue-eyed soul” vocal style that today sits atop his rich amalgam of retro fingerstyle-guitar, alt-pop, and indie rock.
While in college he also interned in the music school’s recording studio and practically lived there while recording his first release. “I was nineteen when I put out my first CD”, says Thomas. “It's probably still out there somewhere, which makes me feel queasy. I don't think I even still own a copy."
Jefferson’s live video of his song "Jacksonville" from an NPR broadcast went viral and introduced him to audiences worldwide. As a result, he embarked on his first European tour, and has subsequently toured overseas every year since, constantly breaking new ground and growing his fan base.
Jefferson is n the studio preparing a new release for summer 2022.. Stay tuned!
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