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The WDVX Big Plate – 7/28 – Mike Thomas Band
July 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Mike Thomas is an emerging Country/Americana artist steeped in tradition. Drawing from a wide array of influences and experiences, Thomas’ music has been best described as “eclectic country with a vintage vibe.” Growing up in Knoxville, TN, Thomas’ musical journey has taken an unconventional path. He moved to Nashville in 2004 intent on pursuing a career as a songwriter but quickly grew discouraged and set music aside for an extended period. Thomas recalls, “I didn’t listen to the country music of the day. I had no frame of reference for the types of songs publishers and artists were looking for. I was naïve and learned some tough lessons in those days.”
After walking away from music for ten plus years to start a family and a small business, Thomas eventually got back into the swing of things in 2017 when he was contacted by a booking agency that had discovered some of his older recordings. You’ll instantly hear influences like Tom Petty, John Prine and Merle Haggard in his music, but Thomas will tell you that he’s inspired and influenced by all types of music as long as the songs feel authentic. One listen to Thomas’ music demonstrates the importance of authenticity in his art. Thomas’ raw vocals coupled with his genuine writing style give his songs a nostalgic feel that listeners cannot help but connect with. Mix that carefully crafted lyricism with real-life stories, and fans both old and new are sure to find that the music resonates on a deep level.