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 will be in the studio for the winter preparing a new release for 2022, and worldwide touring to support it will resume in the spring. Stay tuned!
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