Fresh off another romp through the US, UK, Germany, The Netherlands, and Denmark in 2017, Jefferson took fourteen of the new songs he’d been playing every night and molded them into his new release, PLAY HURT.

Jefferson has always done his best writing while traveling. "When you're on the road, there's just something that liberates your mind from all the crap you DON'T need to be thinking about," he explains.  He penned "Might Be Leaving" in his van in the parking lot of a venue after the soundcheck and went right out and played it in the show before it was really even finished. "Hometown Hotel" came to him while parked in a vacant lot by the old abandoned house he grew up in, where he'd first grabbed one of his father's guitars at the tender age of nine, and much of the song's video ended up being shot there as well. Still another - "Pay For it" - came together just after a particularly raucous show in front of "a thousand drunken college kids."

Ultimately, what was chosen for inclusion on PLAY HURT came together in front of live audiences, a fact of which Thomas is particularly proud. Anything that didn't cut it live didn't make it onto the record. "I call it research-and-development," says Thomas. "If you're gonna write songs, there's nothing better than test-driving them in front of people before you record them. You end up heading into the studio with your strongest stuff, and you save a hell of a lot of time when you get there."

Jefferson Thomas is working on a new release for early 2019 and will embark on another round of tour dates in Europe in the spring, in the US over the summer, then back to Eurpoe and the far east in the fall.

You can get PLAY HURT everywhere you find music. but the "expanded edition" - with alternate versions and live tracks -  is only available here.

Play Hurt (expanded edition)

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  1. 1 Pay For It 03:14
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  2. 2 Almost A Sunny Day 04:49
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  3. 3 Might Be Leaving 03:07
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  4. 4 Dirty Girl 03:34
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  5. 5 All I Ever Wanted 03:30
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  6. 6 Tiny Little World 03:34
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  7. 7 Hometown Hotel 04:19
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  8. 8 Zero 03:28
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  9. 9 All The Way 03:13
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  10. 10 Back At You 03:15
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  11. 11 Looking After Your Lady 04:20
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  12. 12 Big Ocean 03:08
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  13. 13 Runner (cinema version) 06:42
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  14. 14 Come In From The Cold 05:01
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  15. 15 Pay For It (live) 03:35
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  16. 16 Almost A Sunny Day (live) 04:43
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  17. 17 Might Be Leaving (live) 03:17
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  18. 18 Dirty Girl (live) 04:24
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  19. 19 All I Ever Wanted (live) 03:44
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  20. 20 Zero (live) 05:18
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  21. 21 Looking After Your Lady (live) 04:48
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Come Alive

Jefferson Thomas

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  1. 1 Mary's Night Out 03:52
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  2. 2 Come Alive 03:08
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  3. 3 Looking For Cowboys 04:25
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  4. 4 Transmission 01:49
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  5. 5 Waiting For Her Doctor To Come 03:52
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  6. 6 Money Back 04:13
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  7. 7 Long Way Down 04:06
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  8. 8 For A Son 03:08
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  9. 9 Grand Central Station 05:03
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  10. 10 She Don't Like It (When It Rains) 04:12
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  11. 11 Desert Theme 02:56
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  12. 12 Dusty 03:24
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  13. 13 Upstate Again 04:15
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  14. 14 Sing To Me 05:21
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The Yale Sessions

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  1. 1 Weaver's Needle 00:47
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  2. 2 American Ghost 03:00
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  3. 3 Soul Patch 02:51
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  4. 4 Too Fine 03:03
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  5. 5 Rocket Rider 03:54
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  6. 6 She Don't Like It (When It Rains) 04:29
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  7. 7 Grand Central Station 04:03
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  8. 8 Mrs. Sherwood 04:02
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  9. 9 Fade 04:36
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  10. 10 Dusty 03:14
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  11. 11 Don't Keep Me Waiting 04:31
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  12. 12 What Ya Do 02:41
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Western Front

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  1. 1 American Ghost 03:35
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  2. 2 Glory Bound 04:41
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  3. 3 (Border Patrol Skit) 01:01
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  4. 4 Back To Maria 04:26
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  5. 5 That's All 03:20
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  6. 6 Thursday's Girl 03:01
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  7. 7 Remembering Rona 03:13
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  8. 8 Jacksonville 03:22
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  9. 9 Starting To Turn 06:15
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  10. 10 All This Rain 03:30
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  11. 11 Dumb Down 03:18
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  12. 12 Nice Picture 04:02
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  13. 13 Old Red 04:38
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  14. 14 Graduation Day 04:32
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JT hats!
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Devon & Jones ® Cool &Dry black flexfit cap with color JT logo emblazoned on the front (shipping & handling charges included).

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JT magnets!
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six-pack of red refrigerator magnets emblazoned with closeup of JT singing. You can tell people "JT said to STICK IT!" (shipping & handling charges included).

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