July 2018 News


Black Bamboo Recordings is very excited to share the good news regarding the prerelease Indiegogo fund drive for Allan Thomas‘ 6th CD ‘Two Sides To Every Story‘.

To donate and check out perks plus a music video directed by Stephen Barncard please visit:


The record is available for downloads now at the Bandcamp website:


‘Two Sides To Every Story’ contains 15 songs comprised of eight vocal tracks and seven instrumentals. Ranging from a solo acoustic slack-key guitar instrumental to full-blown ensemble settings with some of the world’s tastiest musicians.


Several compositions aim to lighten things up a bit entering the smirk-inducing territory of ‘The Dating Game’ – a dude’s-eye look into some of the head-scratching aspects of on-line dating, and ‘Geezer Talk’ – a lighthearted laundry list of the daily ailments thrust upon unsuspecting baby boomers. A few tunes present the wistful and wishful thinking of one who dreams big as in ‘Is That Asking Too Much?!’ and ‘If Only’. While ‘Troubled Times’ takes an unflinching look at a few of the darkly disturbing aspects of the present world we find ourselves in.


Many of the tunes have been written recently, but the instrumental ‘In Search Of…’ goes all the way back to Malibu California, 1973. Some things take a while…

Instrumentals and vocals. Humor and deadly serious. Two sides…


Produced and recorded by Allan Thomas

Mixed by Paul Northfield and Allan Thomas



Allan Thomas – vocals, acoustic, nylon string, electric guitar and percussion.

Bryan Kessler (Hawaiian Style Band) acoustic and electric guitar.

Kirk Smart (Donald Fagen, Donavon Frankenreiter) bottleneck slide and electric guitar.

Jim Kimo West (Weird Al Yankovik) acoustic guitar.

Jimmy Johnson (James Taylor, Steve Gadd) bass.

Keith Carlock (Steely Dan, Sting) drums.

William Kennedy (Yellowjackets, Herbie Hancock) drums.

Joel Taylor (Joe Sample, Allan Holdsworth, Rock Band video game) drums.

Michael Ruff (Bonnie Raitt, Rickie Lee Jones, David Sanborn) keyboards.

Russell Ferrante (Yellowjackets, Joni Mitchell) acoustic piano.

James Raymond (Crosby Stills and Nash, Jackson Browne) keyboards.

Charles Judge (David Bowie, Miley Cyrus) keyboards.

Michael Whittaker (the Bottom 40 Band, Keith Carlock) acoustic piano.

Judd Miller (Michael Brecker, Danny Elfman) EVI muted trumpet, pads, chromatic harmonica, flute.

Sylvain Carton (Mitch Marcus Quintet) tenor sax.

Kate Markowitz (James Taylor, Don Henley, Shawn Colvin) backing vocals.

Karen Blake (Randy Newman, Michael McDonald) backing vocals.

Amanda Frazier (The Keepers) backing vocals.


With deep gratitude to Paul Nortfield, Bryan Kessler, Stephen Barncard, Bill Gillette, Jeff Richman, Eric Bronstein, Ed Haaker and Charleen Dyer


CD front cover artwork Bret Linford

Photography Aaron Feinberg

Inner CD sleeve Jordan Thomas


In memory of Michael Shipley.


Two Sides To Every Story CD front cover artwork

Two Sides To Every Story CD front cover artwork