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September/October 2018 News

 



September/October 2018 News

 

Allan Thomas

 

Black Bamboo Recordings – 21 degrees north 159 degrees west – Island of Kauai – Hawaii – earth – third planet from the sun…

Aloha from Kauai. Some updates regarding AT’s’ 6th album release ‘Two Sides To Every Story‘.

*The BBR team spent August contacting and mailing CD’s to over 175 community and public radio stations across the US. While Peter Holmstedt of Hemifran in Sweden has started his ‘Two Sides…’ promotional campaign for Europe. http://www.hemifran.com

*Because WTF, we submitted ‘Two Sides…” to the Grammy selection committee in several categories. Will send out a news flash if the album is accepted.

*Radio News in the U.S.

Two Sides To Every Story‘ has started to catch some overhead airwaves at the following locations: KKCR-FM Kauai Hawaii – KQNG-FM on Kauai Hawaii – KMNO on Maui Hawaii, KRCB-FM in Santa Rosa California, WXPR-FM in Rhinelander WisconsinKUOS-FM in Sedona Arizona – WQNR-FM in Auburn Alabama – **KAFM** Grand Junction Colorado – – WEFT-FM Champaign Illinois – WXOJ Northampton Massachusetts – KMUD Humboltd California – WHFR-FM Dearborn DetroitKAOS Olympia WashingtonKZMU Moab, UtahKBUT Crested Butte Colorado – Stay tuned for updates…

*Radio News Elsewhere:

*DJ Brian Mullen of the BBC Northern Ireland show Caschlár plays ‘El Sueno De Repitido’ ~ https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/m0000m32   Caschlár

*DJ Massimo Ferro of the Italian  Radio Voce Spazio show Highway 61 plays ‘If Only’ ~ http://radiovocespazio.it/podcast/highway-61-puntate-settimanali/

*DJ Anita Luchies of the Dutch radio show Undercurrents playing ‘If Only” ~ http://www.rootsparadise.com/undercover/index.php

*DJ Roberto Rossi of the Italian radio show Mystery Train on Ascolta PNR FM radio plays ‘El Sueno De Repitido’ ~ http://www.radiopnr.it/programmi.html

*DJ Paul Van Gelder Dutch radio Show Muziek En Toch – playing ‘Geezer Talk’ ~ http://www.americanaradio.nl/playlists.htm

*DJ Bertwin Bijleveld Dutch radio show Blues & Friends on RTV Baarn FM, Netherlands playing ‘Could’ve Been Worse’ ~ https://www.facebook.com/bertwin.bijleveld/posts/1126821744139851

*DJ Jean Philippe Réjou of radio/podcast West Coast Rendezvous sur WKFM Paris, France has been playing ‘Could’ve Been Worse’ ~ https://www.facebook.com/westcoastrendezvous/?__xts__[0]=31.[644824087%2C%22intro_card%22%2C%7B%7D]

*DJ Kamasami Kong of FM Cocolo in Osaka Japan playing ‘If Only’.

 

*Quotes:

Keith Carlock Steely Dan drummer: “Man, this stuff sounds so great! YOU are a bad mo fo! Love it. Thanks for having me be a part of it! Great songs, lyrics and production, love it man… Thank you Keith”

Jack Tempchin songwriter for the Eagles hits ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’ and ‘Already Gone’: “Fantastic songs amigo. ‘Geezer Talk’ killed me!!! Super great album. You have a sound and as far as I know no one else sounds like your records… I love them. thanks, Jack”

Sylvia Tepper blues singer: “I am thoroughly enjoying my copy of the new CD! Outstanding musicianship; lovely compositions (as expected); that familiar, smooth, silky tenor voice (You still got it, Dude); clever, relevant lyrics spiced with a wise sense of humor; the horn section! – oh, Baby!; guitar licks and tones extraordinaire; the snazzy jazzy vibe – – Great job, Allan. Kudos”

Brian Elie DJ @ KRCB Northern California Public Radio: “We have been playing this cd over and over at our house. Rarely do you get a cd of music with this much variety and depth, with this kind of superior song writing and superb musicianship all in one package. Then there are the instrumentals that you the listener get to interpret yourself, they take you wherever you want to go. ‘In Search Of…’ totally knocks me out, feels the the heart is speaking. Well done Allan and friends! I will feature this cd next Monday night on KRCB 91.1 FM KRCB.org”

*Thank you David Lucarotti for including my song ‘Good To Go’ on your amazing playlist/podcast LATE NIGHT DREAM Presents The Border from Paris, France https://hearthis.at/late-night-dream-ag/late-night-dream-presents-the-border-by-david-lucarotti-ep2s2/

*Big thanks to Kenneth Bremer & Henrik Bohm at Blue DesertThe World of West Coast Music – in Denmark, for spotlighting ‘Two Sides…’ CD release along side such greats as Michael McDonald and Steve Lukather! https://www.westcoast.dk/allan-thomas-two-sides-to-every-story/  

 

*’Two Sides…’ can be heard and purchased here:

Bandcamphttps://allanthomas.bandcamp.com/album/two-sides-to-every-story

CD Baby website: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/allanthomas5

Apple Musichttps://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/allan-thomas/7399212

SpotifyTwo Sides To Every Story

Pandora: https://www.pandora.com/station/2757586686123840010

 

*’Two Sides…’ insights:

Blending elements of rock, blues, jazz and soulful vocals the album 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 including players from Steely Dan, the Steve Gadd/James Taylor bands, the Yellowjackets and Crosby Stills and Nash. Plus many other studio luminaries from Kauai, Nashville and Los Angeles. ‘Two Sides To Every Story’ was mixed in Montreal by multi-platinum engineer Paul Northfield (Rush, Dream Theater).

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

Associate producer Bryan Kessler

Mastering Paul Northfield

Featuring:

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, Graham Nash, Ed Haaker and Charleen Dyer and Margaret Gill

CD front cover artwork Bret Linford

Photography Aaron Feinberg

Inner CD sleeve Jordan Thomas

In memory of Michael Shipley.

 

More News: *The cool and diverse web-based radio show/podcast Late Night Dream based in Paris, France named ‘Two Sides To Every Story’ album of the week: https://www.latenightdream.com

*Thanks Calle Magnusson of Ervik Surfshop in the Stadlandet Peninsula, Norway for using the track ‘If Only’ on your new music video: https://youtu.be/hAY03nyHML0www.erviksurfshop.com

*‘Two Sides…’ review in Belgium magazine/website Rootsville (in dutch):

http://www.rootsville.eu/2018%20album%20reports/reports/allan%20thomas.html

New Spotify Playlists featuring AT Tracks:

Major thanks to Pekka Martikainen of Finland for adding ‘El Sueno‘ and ‘Aquadesiac’ to his wildly successful Smooth Jazz – Instrumental Spotify playlist.

Vic Cracknell adds ‘Halfway Round The World’ to his ‘Around The World’ Spotify playlist.

Susan Moss adds ‘The Navigator’ to her new ‘Paradise Coffeehouse’ Spotify playlist.

Denis Turbide adds ‘Makani ‘Olu ‘Olu’ to his ‘Relaxing Instrumental Music’ Spotify playlist.

Thanks Tracy Colletto for adding ‘In My Automobile‘ to your ‘Acoustic Road TripSpotify playlist.

Thank you Vic Cracknell for adding ‘Fall In Love To Easy’ to your ‘Lazy Acoustic Vibe’ Spotify playlist.

Thanks Tracy Colletto for adding ‘The Navigator’ to your new thought provoking ‘Acoustic Journeys’ Spotify playlist.

Mahalo Susan Moss for adding ‘Way Of The Heart’ to your moody and heart felt ‘Sing Me To Sleep/Into Sweet Dreams’ Spotify playlist.

Mahalo Susan Moss for adding ‘Coconut Culture’ and ‘The Island’ to your sizzling ‘In A Tropical Fantasy’ Spotify playlist:

Thanks Susan Moss for adding ‘If Only’ to your sizzling ‘Cool For The Summer/ Hot For The Winter’ Spotify playlist:

Thanks Barry McLaughlin for adding ‘Makani ‘Olu ‘Olu” to your ‘Acoustic Autumn’ Spotify playlist:

Thanks Barry McLaughlin for adding ‘In Search Of…’ to your ‘Acoustic Winter’ Spotify playlist:

Emilio Bonito’s Spotify playlist Fingerstyle Favorites features ‘Makani ‘Olu ‘Olu’.

Thanks to Daryl Shawn for adding ‘In Search Of…’ to his This Week in Fingerstyle playlist on Spotify:

Thanks to Burro Borracho Records for adding ‘Makani ‘Olu ‘Olu’ to their Instrumental Folk playlist on Spotify:

Mahalo Matt C White for adding ‘Makani ‘Olu ‘Olu’ to his Relaxing Acoustic Folk playlist onSpotify:

Mahalo two-times to Matt Carl White for adding ‘In Search Of…’ to his sweet Rainy Day Acoustic Guitar Spotify playlist.

Mahalo Spotify for creating a new Hawaiianish Spotify playlist featuring ‘In Search Of…‘ for its title and including 5 AT tracks from two albums.

Another new cool Hawaiian playlist on Spotify featuring ‘15 Minutes’.

Thanks Theo Tol for adding ‘In Search Of…’ to your chillaxing Instrumental Ambient Spotify playlist.

Thanks Steve@talkaboutpopmusic for adding ‘Fall In Love Too Easy’ to your Sunday: Sombre, Sad but Satisfied Spotify playlist.

Emilio Bonito adds ‘In Search Of…’ to his deep and beautiful Instrumental Delight Spotify playlist.

Great to have my song ‘Island Girl’ included on the the eclectic Hawaiian compilation I’ll Weave A Lei Of Stars For You Spotify playlist:

Mahalo Magnus Murel for adding ‘Makani ‘Olu ‘Olu’ to your Beautiful – Solo Instruments Spotify playlist:

Thanks to Serissa Records for adding ‘In Search Of…’ to your moody and thoughtful Spotify playlist Acoustic Instrumentals:

Thanks Will Moore for adding ‘Makani ‘Olu ‘Olu’ and ‘In Search Of..’ to your Will Moore Curates: Acoustic Fingerstyle Spotify playlist.
Thanks Peter Holmstedt for adding ‘Geezer Talk’ to your cool Hemifrån 2018 Spotify playlist.
Mark Joesph Lennons adds ‘The Navigator’ to his Folks and Strokes Spotify playlist
Sherry Finzer adds ‘In Search Of…’ to her Spa Retreat – Music to Massage the Body Mind and Soul Spotify playlist.
Susan Moss adds ‘Dating Game’ to her Brand New Music You Must Hear Spotify playlist
Line Munch-Peterson adds ‘Coconut Culture’ to her With A Happy Smile Spotify playlist
Line Munch-Peterson adds ‘El Sueno’ to her October – Most Popular Music Spotify playlist

 

Two Sides To Every Story CD front cover artwork

April 2018 News

Kalihiwai, Hawaii.

Couldn’t wait another minute to tell you how excited I am about finishing the recording phase of my 6th album ‘Two Sides To Every Story’. It’s taken six years to get here but I believe it’s worth the wait to have found the right tunes and the most amazing array of musicians to play on them. Releasing an album never gets old, and I’m drifting on cloud ninety-nine listening to this collection of tracks, the whole of which is the culmination of releasing a record every decade since the 60’s. Regarding the the driving need to keep writing and recording after all these years, allow me to quote Donald Fagen: “It’s what I do, what I do. It’s not some game I play, it’s in my DNA, it’s what I do.”

The record 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. Humorville and deadly serious. Two sides…

Now to the business side of things: Soon I’ll be announcing an on-line Kickstarter fund drive to raise the dough for the last phase of this release: Mixing, mastering and manufacturing. I’ve never asked for financial help to release a record before, but that was then and this is now. For those of you, my legion of longtime AT advocates, groupies and fans who would like to help ‘Two Sides To Every Story’ see the light of day, this would be a good opportunity to show us the love if you feel so inclined. For anyone wishing to get on board the fundraising effort sooner please contact me at allant6@gmail.com for directions on where to deliver that car full of cash. I’m hoping for a July or August release date. Please stay tuned for the formal Kickstarter fundraising campaign launch replete with some sample tracks from the record and a music video or two directed by Stephen Barncard.

Produced and recorded by yours truly with a lot of help from my friends.

Featuring:

AT – 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.

Two Sides To Every Story CD front cover artwork

‘Two Sides To Every Story’ CD front cover artwork    Bret Linford

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 many, including Bryan Kessler, Stephen Barncard, Bill Gillette, Jeff Richman, Ursula Lamberson and Eric Bronstein.

In memory of Michael Shipley.

 

April 2017 News

Greetings from Kalihiwai @ 21 degrees North by 159 degrees West.

**First of all we would like to thank to Optima Strings for endorsing Allan Thomas. We’ve been employing the strings on our latest sessions and are very pleased with the results. http://optima-strings.com

**There’s been a surge of momentum here at the home of Black Bamboo Studios with the production of Allan Thomas’ 6th studio album. At this date seven vocal and seven instrumental songs are in various stages of production on this five-year journey.

Long time pal and music collaborator Bryan Kessler was seen – more than once – jumping on a plane from Oahu to Kauai then whisked away to a recording studio on the north shore. There, it is reported, he wasted no time in laying down electric and acoustic guitar parts on a vast number of Allan Thomas tracks including one altered tuning instrumental they’d written together back in 2002.

We are ever-so happy to report bass ace Jimmy Johnson has added his signature sound on 9 tracks thus far with more to follow. Mr Johnson has been traveling the world holding down the bottom in the James Taylor band for many years, and we felt extremely lucky that he could find the time between gigs to add his groove mastery, presence and tone to the project. This is the 3rd CD collaboration for JJ and AT.

Back in the drum chair for the new AT record are Joel Taylor, and William Kennedy of the Yellowjackets, both of whom played on the Deep Water CD. There remains persistent rumors of yet another deep-groove drummer from one of AT’s all-time favorite bands joining the fray. Stay tuned for more..

We had the good luck and great fortune of having world-class backup singers Kate Markowitz (James Taylor Band) and Karen Blake add their sweet and soulful harmonies to two tracks on the new record.

Another Allan Thomas band stalwart, the electrifying Kauai north shore guitarist Kirk Smart, has been laying down tracks for the new record, adding his unique blend of jazz, blues and rock to the mix.

Recording keyboards on said new CD are long time music collaborator Michael Ruff, displaying his wizardry on nine tracks thus far. Also on keyboards is Crosby Stills Nash band member James Raymond. Reprising his role playing the EWI (electronic wind instrument) is Judd Miller, who also recorded tracks for us on The Island CD in 1988. And once agin we had the pleasure of having tenor player Sylvain Carton join us on two tracks.

Much thanks to all the players for bringing the dream closer to fruition.

Also in the news:

Long-time buddy and AT champion Stephen Barncard was back on Kauai to film seven music videos, all from the new album in progress. Some of these videos will be used as teasers for our 2017 Kickstarter campaign.

Digging back in the archives we found a rare gem of a live performance at Casanovas on Maui in 2008. The show the first stop on the AT ‘Making Up For Lost Time’ CD world tour, and was a fundraiser for Maui community radio station Mana’o radio 91.7. The recording features scorching performances on vocals and nylon string electric guitar by AT, and longtime music partner Bryan Kessler on acoustic guitar. As a result of this serendipitous discovery Stephen Barncard is now mixing the first Allan Thomas live album. The record will feature12 songs with the working title Allan Thomas and Bryan Kessler Live at Casanovas. For now we plan on releasing it as a download only on the great Bandcamp website. Stay tuned for release date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 2016 News

Greetings from the North Shore of Kauai 21 degrees North by 159 degrees West.

Lots of good news happening here at the home of all things Black Bamboo. First off we are neck deep in the production of two new AT studio recordings. CD#6 is a new vocal album with 5 songs in production. CD# 7 is our first all-instrumental record with 8 songs in production. Look for releases sometime in 2017.

Long-time buddy and AT champion Stephen Barncard was recently on Kauai where we filmed seven music videos, all from the new albums in progress. Some of these videos will be used as teasers for our 2017 Kickstarter campaign to raise money for said records. Check back for updates.

Digging back in the archives we found a rare gem of a live performance at Casanovas on Maui in 2008. The show the first stop on the AT ‘Making Up For Lost Time’ CD world tour, and was a fundraiser for Maui community radio station Mana’o radio 91.7. The recoding features scorching performances on vocals and nylon string electric guitar by AT, and longtime music partner Bryan Kessler on acoustic guitar. As a result of this serendipitous discovery Stephen Barncard is now mixing the first Allan Thomas live album. The record will feature12 songs with the working title Allan Thomas and Bryan Kessler Live at Casanovas. For now we plan on releasing it as a download only on the great Bandcamp website. Stay tuned for release date.

Back in February Black Bamboo Studios had the pleasure of recording voice overs with ex-vollyball star and model Gabby Reece for her hosting duties on the NBC TV special ‘Strong’.

AT has been performing regularly at the Happy Talk Lounge in Princeville, Kauai at the Hanalei Bay Resort. Check the Gig link for updates.

July 2015 News

7/16/2015 – Latest dispatch from 22 degrees north latitude by 159 degrees west longitude ~

*In honor of the upcoming 50th reunion of the class of ’65, I have released a free download of my long-unfinished 1988 recording Class Of ’65 – now complete and freshly mastered. Enjoy…

https://allanthomas.bandcamp.com/track/class-of-65

Featuring AT recording band stalwarts Michael Ruff on keyboards, Bryan Kessler on electric guitar, Cliff Hugo on bass, Rick Schlosser on drums, and yours truly on vocals and rhythm guitar. Originally recorded in 1988 by producer Stephen Barncard as part of ‘The Island CD sessions, but never finished or released till now, with new vocals, keyboards, mixing and mastering. 

Please share with any geezers, pre-geezers or post-geezers who might appreciate a light-hearted look back in time.

AT

 

Cover shot of 'Class of '65' single-song download.

Cover shot of ‘Class of ’65’ single-song download. Al Thomas with the Majestic’s

 

*Been busy at Black Bamboo Studios producing and recording the last track of the Dave Rullo Band’s six-song EP. Featuring Dave on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, Anjela Rose and AT on backing vocals, Kirk Smart on lap steel and electric guitar, Michael Ruff on various keyboards, with Trey Thompson on bass and Rick Schlosser on drums. Stay tuned for release date info.

 

* We’re continually making headway with the writing and recording of the as-yet untitled AT CD #6.

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*The instrumental ‘Ka Wai Aloha’ from the Coconut Culture CD has been getting some soundtrack action, featured in several new videos including Black Dog Farms and Amy Marvin real estate companies.

 

* Deep Water’ continues it’s slow but steady climb to world-wide album chart domination, garnering radio play on select stations throughout the cosmos, while also single-handedly racking up bazillions of plays on Spotify, Pandora and quite a few of the other streaming outlets. It won’t be long before you’ll see  the name Allan Thomas emblazoned across billboards, buses, aerial advertisements and the like…stay tuned for the latest news from the heart of Black Bamboo land.

All the best for now – AT

July 2014 News

7/1/2014 – News from Black Bamboo Recordings on the Garden Isle:

Just a quick note to report that all continues to be grand here in paradise. Writing and recording songs for AT studio album #6, with 7 songs in production and guest guitarists Bryan Kessler, Kirk Smart, and Jeff Richman on board thus far.

Also in the works is an instrumental album, and a “Best Of” CD with the able assistance of Stephen Barncard. Still performing weekly in Princeville, and teaching several amazing students, including songwriting and vocal lessons with clients on the mainland via Skype.

Been busy recording and producing several Kauai island artists projects, while maintaining a vigorous surfing and windsurfing schedule!

The ‘Deep Water’ CD continues to garner radio play on select stations worldwide, and is also racking up thousands of plays on Spotify, Pandora and quite a few of the other streaming outlets.

Aloha for now – AT

Mike Shipley

Mike Shipley

Mike Shipley (photo courtesy of Avid)

It is with great sadness that we mourn the untimely loss of producer-mixer Mike Shipley. He was instrumental in the creation of the last three Allan Thomas projects, as well as a good friend and mentor. Our condolences go out to his family today, and he will be greatly missed personally and professionally. Friends and fans are encouraged to post at the memorial site set up by Mike’s family.

Mike Shipley Memorial Site

Allan Thomas
Stephen Barncard

April 2013 News

4/16/13 – Current Allan Thomas/Black Bamboo Recordings news from the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii – 22 degrees north by 159 degrees west.

 

*Radio Play Updates:

AT’s latest release ‘Deep Water’ continues it’s journey on the airwaves at various locals around the world. A sampling:

The French radio show ‘Crossroads’ of Radio Arverne has been playing ‘The Longest Ride’ www.radioarverne.com

The Polish radio show Markomania is playing ‘The Longest Ride’  http://www.lpmn.pl/markomania.php?s=2012&t=125

DJ Martin of the Berlin, Germany based NBT Music Radio is spinning various ‘Deep Water’ CD tracks.

Longtime Hawaii and now Japan DJ Kamasami Kong is playing assorted ‘Deep Water’ tracks on his Pacific Oasis show. FM Cocolo Japan broadcasts all of Kansai including; Kobe, Nara, Kyoto and Osaka  http://www.cocolo.co.jp/ 

DJ Jahwaiian Jerry from California‘s Humboldt county KMUD community radio has been playing several Allan Thomas CD tracks on his Coconut Wireless show.  http://www.kmud.org/docs.kmud.org/KMUDGrid.pdf

DJ Brian Elie of northern California‘s Humboldt county KMUD community radio, aired ‘It All Comes Down To Love’ on his Brian’s World show. The 35 year veteran community radio host spins a wide variety of you-name-it sounds, including blues, jazz, folk, reggae, R&B Brazilian and more. http://www.kmud.org/docs.kmud.org/KMUDGrid.pdf

Dj’s Andrew and Loui have been playing the AT live-on-air version of the Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions song ‘People Get Ready’ on their Himeni O Hawai’i show on Kauai Community Radio KKCR  http://www.kkcr.org/

Various AT  tracks have been amassing numerous plays on internet music providers such as Spotify and Pandora Radio. The instrumental track ‘Butterfly Jesse’ from the ‘Making Up For Lost Time’ CD racked up 31,000 plays in one quarter.

 

*In Other News:

Peter Holmstedt of the independent A&R, promotion and marketing company, “Hemifrån” – based in the heart of Sweden – will release his 4th theme-based compilation of singer songwriters on 4/30/13. Titled ‘The Golden Demon – New Songs About Chaos & Transition’, the two-disc record is a song cycle about all the changes in the world today. Songwriters from near and far took part. Included in this compilation will be the never-before released 1980 Allan Thomas recording of ‘How Long Can This Go On?’. Originally produced and now re-mixed by Stephen Barncard, the song features Allan on lead vocals and electric rhythm and fill guitars, plus members of his early eighties occasional gigging and recording group the Santa Monica Bay Band, including Pete Wasner (Lowell George, Vince Gill) keyboards, Armando Compean (Johnny Winter, Lowell George) bass, and Mike Buono (Quincy Jones) Drums. With David Anderson and Michael Lanning (George Harrisonon backing vocals. This multi-artist CD will be promoted throughout Europe and elsewhere to over a 1,000 purveyors of music, including radio stations, internet radio stations and magazines both in print and online. Thanks for including yours truly Peter.

http://www.hemifran.com/   http://www.hemifran.com/news.html  http://www.hemifran.com/releases.html

*Pedal steel firebrand, and one-time AT songwriting partner Chris Templeton, flew Stephen Barncard and yours truly to Portland Maine for the mastering session of Chris’ 2nd album ‘The Tapper’. Mastering took place at Bob Ludwig’s Gateway Mastering, and had to be one of the most remarkable audio experiences ever for Steve, Chris and AT. The affable Mr Ludwig is regarded as one of the masters of mastering and we were honored to watch him work in his custom room. Can’t remember hearing recorded music sound so crystal clear and rich, with the full audio spectrum represented in fine detail through Bob’s custom monitors. It was also great to discover Portland and its many charms!

‘The Tapper’ CD features Chris playing his innovative custom Tapper pedal steel guitar with an impressive lineup of world-class backing musicians, including pedal steel legend Buddy Emmons, and the amazing Victor Wooten bassist for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.

http://www.thetapper.net –  http://thetapper.bandcamp.com/album/the-tapper – http://www.gatewaymastering.com

 

*Black Bamboo Studio News: 

As yet untitled AT studio album #6 is now in progress, with three tracks in production since January 1st 2013.

Longlongtime music cohort and guitarist extraodinaire, Bryan Kessler (Hawaiian Style Band) was kind enough to fly over from Oahu with his new PRS JA-15 jazzish electric guitar to record on two new tracks for CD #6. BK took the time to write out a chart of the first tune and newest member of the AT canon: ‘Good To Go’. Utilizing the studio’s new ground-level 25’x35′ tile floor room, we set up the Carr tube amp and a Sanken CU-44X condenser mic near the amp’s grill. For the room sound we employed the workhorse mic of the studio – the Neumann U87, about 6′ away from the amp. With the use of 100′ custom guitar and mic cables run from the upstairs studio/control room to the amp and mic’s downstairs, we were able to comfortably record up in the control room and remain in the zone. As is our usual recording style we worked for hours, arranging as we go, always making sure to leave me with plenty of takes for coverage for later when editing. The next day we eschewed the amp set up and plugged that PRS direct into the Neve mic pre for Bryan’s sweet lead melody and rhythm guitar parts on the as yet Untitled Instrumental in C. That guitar wound up sounding quite impressive direct as well. Mahalo BK.

http://bryankesslermusic.com

Mr Kessler generously loaned BB Studios his two-channel Brent Averill Neve 1272 mic pre. With our own almost duplicate two-channel 1272 BA Neve module, we now have four channels of Neve power, plus 4 channels Focusrite mic pre’s right here in the uplands of Kilauea. These particular pre’s were originally recommended by past A&M Studios engineer Mike Morongel back in the 1992 Kauapea road iteration of Black Bamboo Studios. These solid state pre’s have been the heart and soul of much of our vocal and guitar work throughout the intervening years. We are lucky to have another A&M Studios engineer alumni Gary Meyerberg, who now resides on Maui, to occasionally service these venerable pieces of recording gear.

 

*Live Performance News: 

*The old 1960 Jimmie Jones/Otis Blackwell hit ‘Handy Man’, found its way back onto my set list after taking a mysterious 20 year hiatus from the repertoire. Using JT’s stellar acoustic guitar arrangement as blueprint, and a capo on the fourth fret seems to be the magic combo for the vocal to ride on. Always loved the double-entendre sentiment of the lyric, and it’s still big fun and way challenging to try to nail those falsetto parts in the chorus.

 

*Random Reviews:

1/8/12 – Honolulu Star Advertiser – John Berger review of ‘Deep Water’: A requiem for pro surfer Andy Irons is one of several memorable songs on this recent project by Kauai resident Allan Thomas. “May you rip in peace, brother Andy, in waves that never end,” he sings in “The Longest Ride,” no doubt expressing the feelings of Irons’ family, friends and fans.

Several of Thomas’ musical arrangements evoke memories of  Steely Dan’s early work. Other songs stand out on the strength of Thomas’ lyrics. Take “The Downturn,” a horrifying look at the continuing aftermath of America’s economic meltdown. Or “Monkey Business,” where he assumes the persona of a burned out drug smuggler. A third song “Soldier Of Misfortune,” is neatly constructed around a clever mutation of an age-old phrase.

Thomas harks back to the beatnik poets of the late 50′s with “Other Than That,” an acerbic shopping list of personality flaws and unidentified annoying people which he recites over brisk percussion tracks.

The title tune is a gentle love song reminiscent of Dan Fogelberg, as Thomas compares the emotions stirred by a first kiss to “diving into deep water from the highest cliff.” He also explores the toxic fallout of bad relationships with a dark philosophical tune, “Everything Happens For A Reason.”

 

Keys and Chords, a music website and magazine based in Belgium reviews ‘Deep Water’:

Some four decades ago, the Brooklyn-based guitarist and singer-songwriter released his first album. Previously, Thomas had many musical journeys. As a teenager he sang in a doo wop group, worked with the Texas producer Huey P Meaux, plunged into the folk scene of Greenwich Village, stood a while on the payroll of the Brill Building and performed in jazz clubs. After the break with his wife, the English singer-songwriter Carole Cook, with whom Thomas collaborated musically, he moved to Hawaii. That stay resulted in ‘The Island’ and ’Coconut Culture’ CD’s, and production work for local artists.
The studio sessions of the new CD ‘Deep Water were again established with renowned musicians from the LA scene. Besides his loyal friends guitarist Bryan Kessler and keyboardist Michael Ruff, Graham Nash and David Crosby were willing to take care of the background vocals on “The Longest Ride”. Anjela Rose joins two songs, the title song and ‘It All Comes Down To Love’ for beautiful background vocals. The twelve songs bathe in a melodic cross-pollination of folk, jazz and a laid-back West Coast Idioms that at times bring James Taylor to mind, and also the analytical sophistication of Steely Dan. “Homegrown” a sweet ode to his own vegetable garden that Allan composed in ’76  is part of this timeless framework. Music that you does not immediately put you on the edge of your seat. The expertly detailed songs work as continued ripples on smooth Sapphire-sunlit water and makes for pleasurable listening moments. A tasteful blend of folk, jazz in a pleasant easygoing West Coast idiom. 3 of 4* – Cis Van Looy

 

*AT CD’s & Downloads Available @:

iTunes

http://allanthomas.bandcamp.com/album/deep-water

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/AllanThomas

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/ASIN/B005ZXMMXA

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Allan-Thomas/168576603179719?sk=app_204974879526524

Anyone wishing to purchase a copy of the ‘Deep Water’ compact disc directly from Black Bamboo Recordings can always e-mail us @ allant6@gmail.com or send a check for $12.00 plus $3.00 shipping & handling per CD in USA – and $12.00 plus $5 for S&H outside USA to: Black Bamboo Recordings – po box 785 – Hanalei, HI. 96714 – USA

For those interested in purchasing more than one copy of ‘Deep Water’ – or any of Allan’s other CD’s for that matter – we are offering discounts of $10.00 each CD plus shipping.

Aloha for now…

October 2012 News

10/16/12 – Current Allan Thomas/Black Bamboo Recordings news from the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii – 22 degrees north latitude by 159 degrees west longitude, third planet from the sun.

*The suits and bigwigs here at Black Bamboo Recordings decided to submit tracks from ‘Deep Water’ for consideration in the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. We are ever so pleased to report the record has been included in the first-round ballots for possible nomination in the following categories:

#1 – Album Of The YearDeep Water

#2 – Song Of The YearDeep Water

#3 – Best Pop Solo PerformanceIt All Comes Down To Love

#4 – Best Pop Vocal AlbumDeep Water

#5 –  Best Pop Duo/Group PerformanceThe Longest Ride  – Allan Thomas, David Crosby and Graham Nash 

#6 – Best Rock Song –  Soldier Of Misfortune – writers Bryan Kessler & AT

#7 – Best Rap PerformanceOther Than That

#8 – Best Instrumental CompositionBoyish Man 

#9 – Best Instrumental ArrangementBoyish Man – Ken Emerson, Jimmy Johnson, William Kennedy, Michael Ruff, Judd Miller & AT

#10 – Best Engineered Album, Non-ClassicalDeep Water – Stephen Barncard, Ken Basman, Richard Bosworth, Cliff Hugo, Jimmy Johnson, Judd Miller, Ron Pendragon, John Prpich, James Raymond, Michael Ruff, Dave Russell, Paul Tavenner, Joel Taylor, Allan Thomas, Chris West, Brian Wohlgemuth & Michael Shipley, engineers. Brad Blackwood mastering engineer. (Allan Thomas)

Keep your fingers crossed. We find out if anything was actually nominated December 5th. 

*Peter Holmstedt of the independent A&R, promotion and marketing company, “Hemifrån” – based in the heart of Sweden – has  plans to release his 4th theme-based compilation of singer songwriter artists called ‘The Golden Demon – New Songs About Chaos & Transition’: A song cycle about all the changes in the world today. Included in this compilation will be the never-before released 1980 AT recording of ‘How Long Can This Go On’. Originally produced and now re-mixed by Stephen Barncard, the song features Allan on lead vocals and electric rhythm and fill guitars, plus members of his early eighties occasional gigging and recording group the Santa Monica Bay Band, including Pete Wasner (Lowell George, Vince Gill) keyboards, Armando Compean (Johnny Winter, Lowell George) bass, and Mike Buono (Quincy Jones) Drums. With David Anderson and Michael Lanning (George Harrisonon backing vocals. http://www.hemifran.com/index.html

*Studio News: LA jazz-fusion guitarist and ‘Deep Water’ CD alumni Jeff Richman paid a visit to Black Bamboo Studios to lay some scorching electric guitar parts on the first track on the new as yet untitled AT studio album #6. Utilizing the studio’s new big tile floor room with the Carr tube amp and two sweet condenser mic’s we found just what we were looking for. http://www.jeffrichman.net

*BBS had the rare but fun opportunity to record a short one-word line for an iShares commercial. Visiting actress and consummate pro Jan Maguire recorded her line into the U87 in concert with the Neve 1272 mic pre, and in no time we had just what was needed. Mahalo to the folks at www.gorobot.com, Oglvy Mather, and Sonic Union.

*Black Bamboo Studios has first drum session in the new big tile floor room. Mahalo to Producer Paul Robinson and drummer Steve Giddiss for helping to break in the new room.

*In Other News:

AT dons his Executive Producer hat:

*Longtime pedal steel firebrand, and past AT songwriting collaborationist Chris Templeton brings the multi-talented Stephen Barncard and yours truly on board to help realize the release of his long-awaited 2nd album ‘The Tapper’. Featuring Chris playing his innovative custom Tapper pedal steel guitar and featuring an impressive lineup of world-class backing musicians including pedal steel legend Buddy Emmons, and the amazing Victor Wooten bassist for Bela Fleck and the Flecktoneshttp://www.thetapper.net

*Finally getting around to performing the old Drifters classic ‘Mexican Divorce’. I’ve loved the tune since I was a teen. Written by Bob Hillard and Burt Bacharach, and covered by many including Ry Cooder. Somewhere in the mid-nineties I had the sweet opportunity of singing backup vocals on this song for Nicolette Larsen as she performed it in concert as opening act for Crosby and Nash here in Princeville. I’ll never forget Nash kindly leaning over and coaching me on one of the harmonies as Nicolette and I rehearsed ten-minutes before she was to go on, talk about a crash-course.

 *If the coconut wireless is to be believed, word has it our Mr. AT has been spotted windsurfing the local north shore breaks with a Go Pro Hero 2 waterproof video camera which was mounted on a biking helmet. If our sources are correct it seems then only logical to conclude that work has officially begun on the filming of new footage for the remake of Thomas’ twenty-three year old music video ‘Windrider’. Originally filmed on Kauai in 1989 by Stephen Barncard as part of a quartet of music videos he directed for ‘The Island’ CD, the new effort, again directed by Barncard, will supposedly feature wave and water perspectives from the windrider himself. Also of note: San Francisco mainstay, musician and film maker Michael Rain, was reportedly seen filming Allan windsurfing in hi-def video within a few hundred yards the famed and untamed Napali Coast. We believe this might mean Mr Rain will be contributing footage to ‘WindRider Redux’. We’ll keep our eye on this one and notify each and every one of you of any newsworthy updates.

*Big shout-outs to Stockholm music scene’s Mikael Engstrom for his Inside Musicast review of our 1989 release ‘The Island’:

Inside MusiCast Album of  The Day – The Island” by Allan Thomas (1989)

“Are you looking for an album that will put you in a good mood? Well aren’t we all from time to time? If so, I highly recommend you give “THE ISLAND “by Allan Thomas a listen. At times I find it a bit hard coming up with an album to review because of the fact that there are so many to pick from. Since all of the followers of IMC have such good musical tastes, I’m sure many of you already heard of this gem, but today I’m purely pin pointing my review for those of you who perhaps haven’t discovered this great album and amazing artist yet. I’ve recently played this one for a gathering of my friends with the common reaction being, “Who’s this? This is so good! “.

Allan Thomas is by no means a newcomer in the business. At the age of 17 he released his first two singles. The song “Summertime Monkeyshine’ was released on Scepter Records, a small label based in NYC. The other tune was ‘Didn’t It Rain’ which got released on the obscure Texas label called Pablo Records. He later signed a deal with Sire Records and released his first full length album entitled “A Picture” in 1971. This led to a nationwide tour opening for acts like Livingston Taylor, the Marc Almond Band, Weather Report, and the Cannonball Adderley Quintet. He later relocated to England and toured countries in Europe. Thomas moved back to the US in mid 70`s and became a staff writer for ABC Dunhill Music in Los Angeles. In need of new inspiration Allan later relocated to Hawaii in 1983. Rejuvenated by new inputs in his life, Thomas started writing material mixing a blend of rock, blues, jazz, hawaiian, singer/songwriter and soul. Recorded at different locations in L.A and including some really amazing players, ”The Island” was produced and mixed by industry legend Stephen Barncard, and released in 1989 on Thomas’s own label Black Bamboo Recordings.

He’s got the best of the best and is backed up by a stellar band with Michael Ruff (some killer solos and great chops by Ruff) and Russell Ferrante (Yellowjackets) on keys, Brian Kessler & Zeke Zirngiebel on guitars, Rick Schlosser on drums, Cliff Hugo on bass, Judd Miller on EVI Instruments and Michael Ruff, Leslie Smith, Joe Turano, Nancy Shanks and Valerie Carter on backing vocals. The cool thing with Thomas, besides the great songwriting, are his lyrics. He has a story to tell and he does it with soul and passion. Combined with the strong character in his voice it surely grabs hold of you. The songs are carried by strong arrangements and great grooves. This album has been spinning in my CD player frequently since I got it almost ten years ago. It always gets me into a good mood. It’s positive, it’s soothing and healing and it’s one of those hidden treasures that truly deserves recognition.”

Listen to “No Win Situation” with Valerie Carter on back.vocals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hTOm246POQ

Or why not the title track “The Island” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyAwH7JJBb0&feature=relmfu

For more samples from every track:http://www.amazon.com/Island-Allan-Thomas/dp/B0019HBVEW/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1342046197&sr=1-1&keywords=allan+thomas+the+island

Get the album at:iTunes, www.cdbaby.com & www.cduniverse.com

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*Radio Play Updates:

The ‘Deep Water’ CD continues it’s amazingly slow but sure crawl to mass world recognition. Here follows just a few nuggets of radio play emanating here, there, and everywhere?

Noted Japanese singer and DJ Chikuzen Sato, devoted an entire one hour radio show to Allan Thomas tracks featuring ‘Homeland’ and ‘Everybody Gets The Blues” from the ‘Coconut Culture’ CD, and ‘Deep Water’, ‘Fall In Love Too Easy, ‘The Gift’, ‘Homegrown’, and ‘Everything Happens For A Reason’ all from the ‘Deep Water’ record. Much thanks to Chikuzen. http://www.simulradio.jp/asx/shonanbeachfm.asx

DJ Kamran who hosts the Oasis show on KKCR – Kauai Community radio – played ‘The Navigator’ and ‘It All Comes Down To Love’ on his eclectic and muscially wide-ranging soundscape, replete with poems by Rumi. http://www.kkcr.org/djs/kamran.htm
DJ Peter van Zeijl of the Late Night Blues radio show out of Winschoten, the Netherlands has been spining ‘Monkey Business’. http://www.folkenzo.net/Playlists.html  http://www.folkenzo.net/
The French radio show ‘Crossroads’ of Radio Arverne played ‘The Longest Ride’ www.radioarverne.com
KKCR Radio DJ Roland Lanzi has been playing various ‘Deep Water’ tracks as guest host of  The Acoustic Luau, The Mystery Train, and The B List.

JUNE 2012 News

6/14/12 – Current Black Bamboo Recordings news from the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii – 22 degrees north latitude by 159 degrees west longitude.

Some Radio Play Updates:

Major Mahalos to DJ Shaka Keaka of KKCR – Kauai Community radio, for playing the whole ‘DeepWater’ CD in its entirety on his fill-in slot for Taj’s Transformational Tea. He named the special program the Transformational AT show! http://kkcr.org/schedule.html

DJ Peter van Zeijl of the Late Night Blues radio show out of Winschoten, the Netherlands is playing ‘The Downturn’ and ‘It All Comes Down To Love’  http://www.folkenzo.net/Playlists.html  http://www.folkenzo.net/

DJ Maren Orion of the KKCR – Kauai Community radio show Acoustic Luau played ‘The Downturn’

Hats off to DJ’s David Fleishman and Jon Scott down at All Memphis Music for playing ‘The Longest Ride’ http://www.memphistravel.com/all-memphis-music

The Midnight Country Show in Luxembourg played ‘The Longest Ride’

Howdy pardners and grazie to the Dj’s at Happy Trails radio show in Italy for spinning ‘Monkey Business’

DJ Martin of the Berlin, Germany based NBT Music Radio is still playing various ‘Deep Water’ CD tracks.

Radio Skala in Germany is also still playing various ‘Deep Water’ CD tracks.

DJ Benny Sorenson of the Danish radio show Musik Fra Kyst Til Kyst (Music From Coast To Coast) is playing ‘The Longest Ride’

DJ Alf McCarthy of the Irish radio show Late Night is playing the track ‘Deep Water’. Really nice to be in the company of the great and diverse artists Mr McCarthy plays.           http://www.rte.ie/radio1/latedate/2012-04-23.html

The French radio show ‘Crossroads’ of Radio Arverne is playing ‘The Longest Ride’ www.radioarverne.com

DJ Brian Elie of northern California‘s Humboldt county KMUD community radio, played ‘Island Girl’ from the ‘Coconut Culture’ CD and ‘Windrider’ from ‘The Island’ CD on his Brian’s World show. The 35 year veteran community radio host spins a wide variety of you-name-it sounds, including blues, jazz, folk, reggae, R&B Brazilian and more. http://www.kmud.org/docs.kmud.org/KMUDGrid.pdf

Longtime Hawaii and now Japan DJ Kamasami Kong playing various ‘Deep Water’ tracks on his Pacific Oasis show. FM Cocolo Japan broadcasts all of Kansai including; Kobe, Nara, Kyoto and Osaka  http://www.cocolo.co.jp/ 

Shout out to DJ Jahwaiian Jerry from California‘s Humboldt county KMUD community radio who played two whole sets of various Allan Thomas music on his Coconut Wireless show.  http://www.kmud.org/docs.kmud.org/KMUDGrid.pdf

DJ Kamran who hosts the Oasis show on KKCR – Kauai Community radio – has been playing ‘Deep Water’ on his eclectic and muscially wide-ranging soundscape, replete with poems by Rumi. http://www.kkcr.org/djs/kamran.htm

Other News:

In a special to Kauai Times journalist Jane Riley writes about ‘Deep Water’ nomination for Rock Album of the Year in the 2012 Na Hanohano Hoku Awards. Title of article: “Island boy makes good at Na Hanohano Hoku Awards”. http://thegardenisland.com/entertainment/music/article_7b47e158-9cec-11e1-8530-0019bb2963f4.html#ixzz1xoO9lz3v

Black Bamboo Recordings wraps up production on the first song from local artist and surfer Dave Rullo’s new CD. The song ‘Nothing Lasts’ is en route to longtime music man Stephen Barncard for mixing. The recording features Michael Ruff on Accordion, Kirk Smart on mandolin and lap steel, Trey Thompson on Fender bass, Joel Taylor on drums, and the artist on vocals and acoustic guitar.