In with the old, out with the new!

It's been unseasonably cool around here, so I decided to warm things up a little.  1961 Epiphone Casino through a late 70's Rat pedal into a 1966 Ampeg Gemini I amp. What's that you say?  Apple just came out with…
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Hang tough, you groundhogs...

It is a long, cold winter. So many of us are sick of it, and some are just plain sick at the moment. I also happen to be in the midst of some very difficult personal things this week, and…

When we say "oldies", we MEAN "oldies"

Incredible. I just found these in a dust-covered box. "Thomas Family" 78rpm vinyl. You probably can't read the date, but it says "February 21st, 1941" - three generations of loud-mouthed-bad-attitude-musicians-named-Thomas ago. You've heard the phrase "Our latest single"? Well, this…
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"Maestro!"

The SECOND most awesome thing in my apartment building is the old Greek lady who walks her little terrier Dmitri (best dog name ever). She'll tell him, in the thickest Greek accent you can muster, "Come Dmitri - do your…
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STUFF IT!

A neat trick when flying with acoustic guitars; you can (carefully) stuff socks and underwear in the body through the soundhole and save a little room in your bags. Of course, it's best to remember to remove them when you're…
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Nature invades the show. And the show STOPS for nature.

Sunday was a gorgeous day - great weather, great audience, great everything.  I was closing out a four-day run, looking forward to a day off.  Suddenly, in the middle of a song, in the quiet breakdown part, I could hear…
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I'm cool. Never forget that.

So there I was, standing there in long leather coat and shades, just minding my own business.  Some little kid, maybe about 6 or 7, standing next to me with his dad looks up, tugs on my sleeve and says…
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"Something's gonna be coming out of somewhere..."

A running gag with us stems from a soundcheck from a couple years ago, when the monitor guy came out on stage and we asked him if we could have certain things coming out of the side-fills and certain other…

I want you all to FAIL in 2014! (Let me explain...)

I WANT YOU ALL TO FAIL IN 2014...NOT AT EVERYTHING, BUT AT SOMETHING.
1.) If you fail, you're most likely trying to do something that's not easy to do.
2.) If it's not easy to do, that means it's…
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My first-ever time in Denmark. Some observations...

1.) Danes are incredibly cool people, and really nice.
 
2.) Danish women have the most exquisite cheek bones in the world.
 
3.) If you tell self-deprecating jokes from the stage to an audience that doesn't speak English, you are nowhere…
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Almost done...

"Hi, I'm Jefferson Thomas, from a strange and distant land called New York. It's actually not that distant, but it sure is strange." That line worked in every city. Eleven shows, six countries, twenty-two days. It all comes to a…