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April 2012 News

4/12/12 – Current Black Bamboo Recordings news from the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii – 22 degrees north latitude by 159 degrees west longitude.

‘Deep Water’ has been nominated for Rock Album of the Year in the 2012 Na Hoku Hanohano Music Awards. Mahalo to the voting members of the Hawaiian Academy of Recording Arts for including me in their thirty-fifth event. The winning nominees will be announced May 27, 2012http://www.nahokuhanohano.org/blog/?p=322

Kauai filmmaker Gerry Charlebois features ‘Coconut Culture’ and the slack key instrumental ‘Ka Wai Aloha’ both from the ‘Coconut Culture’ record, on his sharp and newly released DVD ‘Epic Kauai’. Filmed in hi-def over the last five years with much of the aerial footage shot from the open cockpit of one of his trusty powered hang gliders, ‘Epic Kauai’ showcases Kauai’s unique adventures and natural beauty, and takes viewers on a journey around the spectacular and breathtaking lush island of Kauai to places never before filmed.     http://epickauai.com/EPIC_KAUAI/Epic_Kauai_Trailer.html

Radio news:

DJ Iain Anderson of the BBC Radio Scotland played ‘The Longest Ride’ on his End The Day show. “in the company of the song writing masters of country, folk, blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll.”         http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01dts5h#segments

DJ Brian Elie of northern California‘s Humboldt county KMUD community radio, has been playing tracks from ‘Deep Water’ and ‘Coconut Culture’ 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

Netherlands radio show Blues and Friends is playing ‘Monkey Business’http://www.baarnfm.nl/p/14/64/mo59-c103/ms8-24/radio

DJ Martin of the Berlin, Germany based internet radio show NBT Radio, is playing all ‘Deep Water’ tracks on his very cool mainly unsigned artists 24 hour streaming show. http://www.baarnfm.nl/p/14/64/mo59-c103/ms8-24/radio – http://nbtmusicradio.playtheradio.com/

DJ Peter van Zeijl of the Late Night Blues radio show out of Winschoten, the Netherlands is playing the instrumental ‘Boyish Man’, ‘The Gift’, and ‘Everything Happens For A Reason’.     http://www.folkenzo.net/Playlists.html  http://www.folkenzo.net/

DJ Karsten Rube of the folk, world, and jazz radio show Radio Skala in Germany is playing various  tracks from ‘Deep Water’.   http://www.radio-skala.eu/

DJ Rein Wortelboer of the Netherlands country, americana music radio show Peelgrass is playing ‘Boyish Man’.   http://www.eboards4all.com/828672/messages/54143.html

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

Shout out to KKCR radio DJ’s Andrew & Loui  for playing ‘The Island’ on their Himeni O Hawai`i show.

DJ Cindy Paulos of Maui’s KHEI 107.5 and KAOI radio stations is playing tracks from ‘Deep Water’ and ‘Coconut Culture’.

DJ Jon Bellavou of  Kauai’s KUAI sunday jazz and blues radio show is playing tracks from ‘Deep Water’.

DJ Jerry Reed of northern California‘s Humboldt county KMUD community radio, has been playing  ‘Coconut Culture’ on his Da coconut Wireless show. http://www.kmud.org/docs.kmud.org/KMUDGrid.pdf

DJ Gerrit Caspers of the Dutch Roots Radio show Goodnoise is playing ‘Everything Happens For A Reason’http://www.meerradio.nl/article/donderdag-29-maart

DJ Dennis of the KKRC Kauai Community Radio show Den on the I-10 is playing ‘The Longest Ride’

DJ Massimo Ferro of the Italian roots radio show Highway 61 is playing the title track ‘Deep Water’http://www.highway61.it/Highway61/Playlists%206/29.03.2012.htm

 

Reviews of ‘Deep Water’:

Rock Journalist Dmitry M Epstein has this to say in his review of ‘Deep Water’: A laid back groove that’s hard to fathom. A Hawaiian master rides the crest of the wave with a Californian elite in tow. Crosby and Nash join in.

Not a name on everyone’s lips, Allan Thomas’ pedigree is immaculate, including stints with the Adderley brothers and Donald Fagen, so it’s not so surprising that his roll call brings only the best under the veteran’s banners. What is surprising is how deceptively simple his Pacific glide can be when, under the surface, it’s quite complex and rich. With all eyes and ears on the dramatic, if smooth, “The Longest Ride” which features easily recognizable harmonies from the most celestial half of CSNY, the genuine bliss comes from the main man’s relaxed yet arresting delivery on heartfelt songs such as the title track where acoustic surf comes underpinned with lower-toned electric charge. But one should go no further than “Everything Happens For A Reason”, that in places sound like unburdened Mark Knopfler, to feel the fusion tingle rippling the Kauian cool.

It’s there, in the silky soul of “Soldier Of Misfortune” and the humorous jangle of “Homegrown”, written back in the ’70s and nicely colored with Jeff Richman’s guitar orchestra on the former and Kirk Smart’s six-string on the latter, while Ken Emerson’s slide spices up Thomas’ warm twang on the highly memorable instrumental “Boyish Man” which is pure Hawaii – sea and sunlight in every lick – just like the drive of “The Downturn” carries a Caribbean jive in its “oy yoi yoi’s”. Still, you can’t take the Big Apple off any NYC-born artist, and the harmonica-spiked autobiography of “Monkey Business” is as urban-bluesy as it gets to make this album a winner on all fronts, even though one could do without a rap on “Other Than That”. So take a breath and dive headlong.                ****4/5                    http://dmme.net/reviews/reviews49.html#altho

Markus Kerren of the German internet rock magazine Rocktimes reviews ‘Deep Water’. (Google translation):

Various quotes: Oooh yes, Allan Thomas lives in beautiful Hawaii. Rare is the home base of a musician so logically recognizable in his work, as in this case. Very harmonious here goes to everything, very laid back, but you should not necessarily make the mistake of underestimating the time and critical texts.

The tracks flow like a relaxing beach day in a private bay where fish of all sizes and shades come close to the beach, in front of him. Singer / songwriter tunes, to which are joined by such diverse influences such as soul, reggae, blues, folk or sometimes a pinch of rock. Allan Thomas knows his craft

Well, finally, the man must have a damn good reputation in the scene, not only because he has this incredible album with 21 musicians, even the two legends David Crosby and Graham Nash are on a song (“The Longest Ride”) for the background vocals of the party. A total of twelve songs that exude a very special atmosphere and a very specific way of life. On the recording and the arrangements there is nothing to find fault.

“Homegrown” has a very fine Fender Rhodes piano, a great – almost jazzy – guitar and soulful vocals of the protagonist. Also out of the frame is “Other Than That”,  a rhythmic chant with cynicism and witty lyrics backed solely by percussion.

Well, there is a conclusion but not so simple. “Deep Water” may – be a balm for the soul, depending on the mood of the listener. Seasoned rock and rollers with little tolerance for anything that does not stop after one minute in the chorus should definitely leave out the finger here. But he who has the corresponding inner peace will be able to discover in this disc a lot (many great) subtleties. “Deep Water” – oh yes, the name says it all, as deep and still waters are known to be deep!

Highly professional and very well done – but also very special and tasteful. It can therefore be recommended only the best – and necessarily – even to check!   http://www.rocktimes.de/gesamt/t/allan_thomas/deep_water.html

 

Swedish music website Thirsty Boots reviews ‘Deep Water’ (Google translation):

My beginnings in music fell almost entirely in the 70s, characterized by “anything is possible”- winds from the 60’s became the 70’s a time of infinite variety of good music and a certain maturity fell to enough too. Laid-back acoustic music and country-rock dominated my musical intake and studio technology was so advanced that it also sounded good for the first time in history. Stereo installation made its entry into most homes. For some reason, the Allan Thomas album “Deep Water” is associated with all of this.

The music is airy and there is a little hint of early Steely Dan, the harmonies fit like a glove (Crosby and Nash visit a song), it is nice but requires close attention. There are good texts with content, for example, “The Downturn”, which is about the U.S. economic downturn. But it is the atmosphere which is remarkable. The music wraps you and takes you on a pleasant journey, time after time. My absolute favorite is probably the instrumental “Boyish Man” that rocks in it’s own way and gives you both energy and harmony.

Allan Thomas has been involved in music since the turn end of the 60s and this is his fifth album. His guitar playing is delicious with tasty riffs and decorative loops. The rhythm section, with the likes of James “Hutch” Hutchinson and Rick Rosas, is dense and creates a little mystery. Michael Ruff’s electric piano fills in and smoothes out with a clear 70’s character.

An ideal album to have in the background when you have guests. And it is said as praise! The atmosphere will be felt without requiring full concentration. Art

http://thirsty-boots.blogspot.se/2012/04/allan-thomas-ett-stank-av-70-talet.html

 

Fred Schmale of the Dutch music Magazine/Website Real Roots Cafe reviews ‘Deep Water’: Bing translation:

With ‘Deep Water’ is singer-songwriter Allan Thomas’ fifth CD of original material. Allan grew up in Brooklyn, in his eighth year he sang enthusiastically along with ‘You Send Me’ by Sam Cooke and by age twelve sang in Doo-Wop groups on the southern coast of Long Island. At seventeen (1966) he searched for work for as a solo singer and landed  his first record contract with the eccentric Texan Huey p. Meaux (The Crazy Cajun). Two singles were released, unfortunately without much success.

Two years later he begins to write songs and in 1970 his first LP, ‘ A Picture ‘ appears. He tours the country and there follows a period of ttravel and gigs, where possible and with whomever asks for it. From 1974 to 1983 he was a songwriter in Southern California, including one year as staff song writer for ABC Music in Los Angeles. He then discovers the fascinating character of Hawaii and moved to Kauai, where he still lives and works. He picks up his career as a singer-songwriter and brings back CD’s in 1989 and 1997, not so high frequency. That changed starting in 2007, the time of his fourth CD. In 2009 there was a retrospective CD (unreleased songs recorded between 1980 and 1994), with the very aptly named ‘ Brooklyn Boy in Paradise’.  And now, in 2011, there is yet another new Studio CD, over 60 minutes long.

‘Deep Water’ contains 12 songs, 10 by the hand of Allan himself. The music is soft-pop with a jazzy touch, Allan’s voice is quite high and pleasant to hear. Variation is guaranteed by the playing of a whopping 21 mostly excellent musicians on a number of different instruments, and vocal guest appearance from David Crosby and Graham Nash in the prize number ‘ The Longest Ride ‘, a tribute to deceased top surfer Andy Irons who died in november 2010 at the age of 32. A nice CD with a phosphate-free kind of  jazz pop.

http://www.realrootscafe.com/2012/04/09/allan-thomas-deep-water/

 

Black Bamboo Studios has been busy with three separate recording projects. Singer songwriter surfer Dave Rullo, modern Reggae/Police duo Tiago featuring Santiago Soto and Adrian Nicholas, and surfing songwriter Ohana, are all beginning their first album projects here in the house of hits!

Well regarded LA jazz fusion six-string master, and lead guitarist on ‘Soldier Of Misfortune’, Jeff Richman,  took time out of his recent island visit to learn and transcribe the music for my brand new instrumental in D minor. Jeffery, who holds a monthly gig at the world famous LA jazz club the Baked Potato, plans to return  in the very near future to record his melodic and searing guitar parts. http://www.jeffrichman.net/aqua/

 

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.

Downloads of the album and single-song tracks are now available at The Allan Thomas Music Store @http://allanthomas.bandcamp.com/album/deep-water – Here you can can listen to all tracks in their entirety, read stories about the writing and recording of the songs, plus find lyrics, credits and photos. Bandcamp offers downloads in 6 different compression file sizes to suit your bandwidth and preference, and you can pay by credit card or PayPal should you so desire. If you plan to download give Bandcamp a go, as they offer the highest-quality downloads, and host a great platform for independent artists to sell their music.

‘Deep Water’ downloads of the full album and single-song tracks are now available at CD Baby @http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/AllanThomas – The babies are carrying the compact disc as well.

iTunes and Amazon.com,  are now also offering ‘Deep Water’ downloads with most other digital music distributers also online.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/ASIN/B005ZXMMXA

The record is now also available for listening and digital downloading through the Allan Thomas Music Facebook PAGE @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Allan-Thomas/168576603179719?sk=app_204974879526524

FEBRUARY 2012 News

2/3/12 – Current Black Bamboo Recordings news from the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii – 22 degrees north latitude by 159 degrees west longitude.

‘Deep Water’ mixmaster Mike Shipley, along with Brad Blackwood, – who mastered ‘Deep Water’ – and Neal Capellino, win the 2012 GRAMMY award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for Alison Krause and Union Station’s “Paper Airplane”http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/b5hu3hpc8QO/54th+Annual+GRAMMY+Awards+Press+Room/FPw7gIqvp7O

Hawaii’s main surf news website Surf News Network posts a link to ‘The Longest Ride’. http://www.surfnewsnetwork.com/featured/the-longest-ride-a-rock-jazz-tribute-to-fallen-surfer-andy-irons-featuring-david-crosby-a-graham-nash

Radio play and Reviews for the new ‘Deep Water’ CD continue:

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

Kamasami Kong phone interview with AT to be broadcast March 3rd. He’ll be talking story with I, and playing the old chesnut ‘Coconut Culture’, plus ‘Deep Water’, ‘The Longest Ride’ and ‘Boyish Man’ from the new CD.

‘Deep Water’ contributing bassist James Hutch Hutchinson of the Bonnie Raitt band was guest DJ on the Aloha Friday Show with DJ Joel Agnew on Maui’s KAOI radio. Besides spinning new tracks from the new Raitt CD, they played ‘The Longest Ride’.

Scandinavian music company and website Hemifran, specializing in “gut music” and Americana, names ‘Deep Water’ album of the week. http://www.hemifran.com/album.html

DJ Peter van Zeijl of the Late Night Blues radio show out of Winschoten, the Netherlands is playing ‘Homegrown’http://www.folkenzo.net/Playlists.html

DJ Benny Sorensen of the Music From Coast To Coast Show out of Skagen Denmark is playing the instrumental track ‘Boyish Man‘.

DJ Karsten Rube of the folk, world, and jazz radio show Radio Skala in Germany is playing tracks from ‘Deep Water’.

DJ Paul van Gelder of Dutch Americana, soul, singer/songwriter radio show Roots Paradise is playing ‘The Longest Ride’. from the ‘Deep Water’ CD. http://paulvangelder.com/playlists.htm – http://www.rootsparadise.nl/paulvangelder/index.php

DJ Rein Wortelboer of the Netherlands country music radio show Peelgrass is playing ‘Other Than That’http://peelgras.home.xs4all.nl/playlistboard/playlists/play2917.htm

DJ Massimo Ferro of the Italian roots radio show Highway 61 is playing the title track ‘Deep Water’http://www.highway61.it/Highway61/Playlists%206/02.02.2012.htm

DJ Peter van Zeijl of the Americana/singer songwriter Folk en Zo radio show out of Winschoten, the Netherlands played ‘The Longest Ride’http://www.folkenzo.net/Playlists.html

Wildman Steve of the Auburn Alabama web based radio show Wildman Steve Radio is still playing ’The Longest Ride’, which reached #7 on his most-played charts. http://www.wildmansteve.com/

DJ Terry Brown of KKCR – Kauai Community Radio – spun ‘Boyish Man‘ on his Jazz and Blues Review Show. http://kkcr.org/schedule.htm

DJ  Bert van der Wijst of Netherlands radio show Peelstar Country Club is playing ‘Deep Water’, and ’The Longest Ride’ http://members3.boardhost.com/DCDJA/msg/1328911336.html – http://members3.boardhost.com/DCDJA/msg/1329516185.html

DJ Roberto  Rossi of the Mystery Train FM and streaming radio show in  Novi Ligure, Italy is playing ‘Homegrown’. Mystery Train is a program that deals with the roots of American music and offers a wide range of genres and styles. From Blues to Soul, from Rhythm’n’Blues to Gospel music, from jazz to rock and roll, from Country to Folk, from Rockbilly to Western Swing, from Tex-Mex to Cajun-Zydeco. http://www.radiopnr.it/programmi.php?id_programmi=17

DJ Maren Orion of KKCR – Kauai Community Radio – played ‘Everything Happens For A Reason‘ on her Acoustic Luau Show. http://kkcr.org/schedule.htm

DJ Vasja Ivanovski of the Skopje, Macedonia roots and Americana radio show Mojo Alt at 94.1 FM Radio 2, is playing ’The Longest Ride’.

 

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 ‘Coconut Culture’ 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
Ikon – Music/film/blog site/magazine based in Sweden mentions ‘Deep Water’: Right Pleasant by Mattias Gustavsson:
Allan Thomas is an artist who began his musical career in the early 60’s. A long career has allowed Allan to this new fifth release, “Deep Water”. He received help from several musicians, like David Crosby and Graham Nash. Present are also members of Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young, Van Morrison, James Taylor bands, and the drummer of the YellowJackets. The songs vary in both style and themes. “The Longest Ride” is a hip, a little jazzy tribute to the now-deceased surfing legend Andy Irons. “The Downturn” is a quieter track on the economic crisis that America is in. The music ranges from rock, jazz and blues. Catchy and quite pleasant. http://ikon1931.se/recensioner/ratt-trivsamt
Writer Czékus Mihály of Gondola, a Hungarian magazine/website mentions  ‘Deep Water’:

For January updates visit: http://www.allanthomas.com/wordpress/?p=1460 and for December news updates: http://www.allanthomas.com/wordpress/?p=1444

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.

Downloads of the album and single-song tracks are now available at The Allan Thomas Music Store @http://allanthomas.bandcamp.com/album/deep-water – Here you can can listen to all tracks in their entirety, read stories about the writing and recording of the songs, plus find lyrics, credits and photos. Bandcamp offers downloads in 6 different compression file sizes to suit your bandwidth and preference, and you can pay by credit card or PayPal should you so desire. If you plan to download give Bandcamp a go, as they offer the highest-quality downloads, and host a great platform for independent artists to sell their music.

‘Deep Water’ downloads of the full album and single-song tracks are now available at CD Baby @http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/AllanThomas – The babies are carrying the compact disc.

iTunes and Amazon.com,  are now also offering ‘Deep Water’ downloads with most other digital music distributers also online.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/ASIN/B005ZXMMXA

The record is now also available for listening and digital downloading through the Allan Thomas Music Facebook PAGE @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Allan-Thomas/168576603179719?sk=app_204974879526524

JANUARY 2012 News

1/1/12 – Black Bamboo Recordings news from the north shore of Kauai.

Surfline.com, the top website for current info on surfing related news and conditions mentions my Andy Irons tribute song ‘The Longest Ride’: http://www.surfline.com/surf-news/press-release/allan-thomas-releases-song-for-andy-irons-the-longest-ride_66013/

The new ‘Deep Water’ CD is off to a good start with radio play especially in Europe, also see December 2011 News http://www.allanthomas.com/wordpress/?p=1444.

DJ Bart van der Po of the acoustic Americana radio show Acoustic Rain in the Netherlands is still playing title track ‘Deep Water’http://acousticrain.rtvkatwijk.nl/?p=103

DJ Peter van Zeijl of the Americana/singer songwriter Folk en Zo radio show out of Winschoten, the Netherlands is playing title track ‘Deep Water’. http://www.folkenzo.net/Playlists.html

Wildman Steve of the Auburn Alabama web based radio show Wildman Steve Radio is still playing ’The Longest Ride’ from the new ‘Deep Water’ CD. http://www.wildmansteve.com/

Mr Blue Boogie of the Dutch music review website Billy Bop reviews ‘Deep Water’. http://www.billybop.be/admin/CDdetail.asp?ID=10593:

Allan Thomas is already active in the music scene since 1966 and has worked with some of the biggest names around. Many artists open shows for big names in their lives, but seldom they are asked to co tribute to albums of those they opened. For Allan Thomas things are different. He did not only open for the Cannonball Adderley Quintet, Weather Report, Richie Havens, Taj Mahal, and elder blues men Bukka White and Arthur Cruddup but he worked also with some of them. Especially with Cannonball Adderly things worked out quite well and as a result he was asked to contribute on the Cannonball Adderley Quintet song ‘Behold’, which appeared on the groups ‘Soul Of The Bible’ concept album.

Allan Thomas has always been busy working for and with others, but in his long carreer he hasn’t got much time to make recordings himself. Deep Water is only his fifth album, and features long time pals David Crosby & Graham Nash. Furhtermore the record also features members of the Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young, Van Morrison, James Taylor, CSN, and the Yellowjackets bands.

Brought to you in laid back style crossing borders between Americana & Jazz, Deep Water gives us some nice songs like the title track Deep Water, The Longest Ride (featuring Crosby & Nash) and Homegrown. Not for the lovers of common Americana & Roots Related music, but if you dig something different, you might find it on this record.

Mr Blue Boogie.

 

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.”

 

DJ Michael van Bruggen of the Dutch Americana/ Roots radio show Landslide is playing ‘Deep Water’http://www.rootsparadise.nl/landslide/index.php

DJ Frederico Fonseca of the Ao Correr Do Tempo radio show on Diana FM radio in Portugal is playing ‘The Longest Ride’. http://www.myspace.com/fredericofonseca/music/playlists  – www.dianafm.com

The French community radio show Crossroads at Radio Arverne is playing ‘The Longest Ride’. http://www.radioarverne.com/

DJ Johanna J. Bodde of the Dutch-based, long-running and very diverse Americana/Singer songwriter/Alt Country radio show RadioGirl is playing ‘Fall In Love Too Easy’ on both the Netherlands-based Dollard Radio and Insurgent Radio network shows.  http://www.dollardradio.nl/index.php?pagina=programmas&id=1&actie=blogitem&bid=68

DJ Jos van den Boom of the Americana and roots music radio show Crossroads is playing ‘The Longest Ride’ on the Netherlands-based Roots Paradise radio network. http://www.rootsparadise.nl/crossroads/index.php

DJ Paul van Gelder of Dutch Americana, soul, singer/songwriter radio show Roots Paradise is playing ‘Other Than That’ from the ‘Deep Water’ CD. http://paulvangelder.com/playlists.htm – http://www.rootsparadise.nl/paulvangelder/index.php

DJ Rein Wortelboer of Peelgrass Radio in the Netherlands is playing ‘Homegrown’ and ‘Fall In Love Too Easy’http://peelgras.home.xs4all.nl/playlistboard/playlists/play2908.htm – http://peelgras.home.xs4all.nl/playlistboard/playlists/play2910.htm

DJ’s Raymond Swennen and Theo Geenen of the Americana and singer/songwriter Radio Goud RootsRevival radio show based in Belgium is playing ‘Deep Water’http://rootsrevival.webklik.nl/page/voorpagina

German Americana radio show Free FM is playing ‘Monkey Business’.

Americana Radio is playing ‘Other Than That’.

Italian radio show Happy Trails on Susa Onda Radio is playing ‘The Longest Ride’ and ‘Homegrown’.

 

Dutch rock magazine and internet magazine Strutterzine reviews ‘Deep Water’:

Mixed by MIKE SHIPLEY (JOURNEY, IRON MAIDEN) and featuring a massive guest list, which includes MICHAEL RUFF as well as the legendary DAVID CROSBY and GRAHAM NASH on backing vocals during the song “The longest ride” and members of acts like BONNIE RAITT, NEIL YOUNG, VAN MORRISON, JAMES TAYLOR, the 5th CD ‘Deep water’ from American musician ALLAN THOMAS is at forehand already a high quality CD. Allan is a professional musician since the 1970s, releasing several records, doing recordings with many musicians and now on his latest CD we can hear smooth and quite soft Westcoast meets Jazz/Fusion that really has that late 1970s/early 1980s L.A. Sound. It is not that strange it sounds quite a lot like MICHAEL RUFF, because he plays on most songs piano, organ, etc. Allan’s vocals are very strong, perhaps even better than Michael and sometimes the material even sounds like a laid-back version of DAVID ROBERTS/TOTO/earlyAMBROSIA, AMERICA, POCO and such acts from the late 1970s LA Scene of Westcoast, yet with a sort of jazz/fusion instrumental back-up. Anyone who misses that late 70s LA westcoast sound, just listen to “Everything Happens For A Reason” and “The Longest Ride”, grab it here! A song like “Deep Water” also has a typical acoustic tingled singer/songwriter style, but mainly this is late 70s soft Westcoast Pop music with Jazzy influences. http://strutterzine.angelfire.com/
Rootstime a well-regarded music website in Belgium has reviewed ‘Deep Water’:
The list of musicians who sing and play on the new album “Deep Water” by the New York singer-songwriter Allan Thomas is truly impressive. There are the ‘credits’-list names of musicians who have worked with such musicians as Van Morrison, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor. Especially the fact that he succeeded in getting David Crosby and Graham Nash to sing backing vocals on the song “The Longest Ride” on this CD may be a strong persuasive example of this musician. But Allan Thomas is also not a beginner in this business, which he has over the years has built up a large circle of friends. His first album “A Picture” was released in 1971 and several albums and forty years later there is now “Deep Water”, his fifth and newest CD with ten original compositions and two songs he has composed in a partnership: “The Gift “with Randy Handley and” Soldiers Of Misfortune “with guitarist Bryan Kessler, who is also on three tracks playing electric guitar. His second studio album, “The Island” was published 18 years after the debut album in 1989, the third album “Coconut Culture” in 1997 and 2007 there was only one fourth album “Making Up For Lost Time”.
The songs on “Deep Water” are a musical hybrid of folk, country and jazz and evoke some memories of times we know from artists like James Taylor and Crosby, Still & Nash. The two songs “Deep Water” and “It All Comes Down To Love” feature singer Anjela Rose for melodic backing vocals. The contribution of Judd Miller on trumpet in the song “Deep Water” and harmonica on “Boyish Man” are worth a special mention. The more jazzy tracks like “Fall In Love Too Easy”, “Homegrown”, “The Gift” and “Other Than That” and the blues and rock tones drenched “Monkey Business” complete this beautiful new album by Allan Thomas.
With an interesting mix of folk and jazz music, New York’s singer and songwriter Allan Thomas is offering a pleasant time to anyone listening to his fifth album ‘Deep Water’. Five records is not that much in a musical career which is lasting more than 40 years, but when the qualitative level is as high as on this record, we don’t mind to wait a bit longer to welcome his next release. http://www.rootstime.be/

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.

Downloads of the album and single-song tracks are now available at The Allan Thomas Music Store @http://allanthomas.bandcamp.com/album/deep-water – Here you can can listen to all tracks in their entirety, read stories about the writing and recording of the songs, plus find lyrics, credits and photos. Bandcamp offers downloads in 6 different compression file sizes to suit your bandwidth and preference, and you can pay by credit card or PayPal should you so desire. If you plan to download give Bandcamp a go, as they offer the highest-quality downloads, and host a great platform for independent artists to sell their music.

‘Deep Water’ downloads of the full album and single-song tracks are now available at CD Baby @http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/AllanThomas – The babies are carrying the compact disc.

The record is now also available for listening and digital downloading through the Allan Thomas Music Facebook PAGE @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Allan-Thomas/168576603179719?sk=app_204974879526524

iTunes and Amazon.com,  are now also offering ‘Deep Water’ downloads with most other digital music distributers also online.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/ASIN/B005ZXMMXA

DECEMBER 2011 News

12/19/2011 – Local Kauai Community Radio KKCR is playing all tracks of new ‘Deep Water’ CD. http://www.kkcr.org/

Peter Holmstedt of Sweden’s Hemifran “Westcoast” website, which is dedicated to “music from the gut”, is promoting ‘Deep Water’ in Europe. http://www.hemifran.com/news.html

DJ Roel Stabler of the Americana radio show Country File – Havenstad FM in The Netherlands is playing title track ‘Deep Water’ on his weekly show. http://www.dutchrootsradio.com/country_file.htm

DJ Bart van der Po of the acoustic Americana Dutch radio show Acoustic Rain is playing title track ‘Deep Water’http://acousticrain.rtvkatwijk.nl/

DJ Gert Stassen of the Hillbilly Rockhouse internet radio show, broadcasting out of Berlin Germany is playing ‘The Longest Ride’http://www.countrymusic24.com/content/mainpage/frame.htm

Americana and roots music radio show Crossroads out of the Netherlands has chosen ‘Deep Water’ as album of the week. On Christmas day they played ‘The Longest Ride’, and ‘Everything Happens For A Reason’http://members.home.nl/crossroadsradio/

French blues and rock radio show Biker Street is playing ‘Monkey Business’ on Radio Coteauxhttp://www.radiocoteaux.com/bikerstreet.php

Cool Night the French “west coast California Melody ” blog sight has mentioned ‘Deep Water’ in New Releases . http://coolnight-westcoastmusic.blogspot.com/2011_10_01_archive.html

DJ Paul van Gelder of Dutch Americana, soul, singer/songwriter radio show Roots Paradise is playing ‘Monkey Business’ from the ‘Deep Water’ CD. http://www.rootsparadise.nl/paulvangelder/index.php

Muziek En Toch (And Yet Music) a Dutch Radio show is playing ‘Monkey Business’.

Maui Community Radio – Manoa Radio, is playing all tracks of ‘Deep Water’ CD.  http://www.manaoradio.com/

Kitten Cowboy the blogging surfer girl in Hossegor, France has blogged about the Andy Irons tribute song ‘The Longest Ride’http://kittencowboy.blogspot.com/2011/11/its-kind-of-sad.html

Wildman Steve of the Auburn Alabama web based radio show Wildman Steve Radio is playing ‘The Longest Ride’ from the new ‘Deep Water’ CD. http://www.wildmansteve.com/

 

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.

Downloads of the album and single-song tracks are now available at The Allan Thomas Music Store @http://allanthomas.bandcamp.com/album/deep-water – Here you can can listen to all tracks in their entirety, read stories about the writing and recording of the songs, plus find lyrics, credits and photos. Bandcamp offers downloads in 6 different compression file sizes to suit your bandwidth and preference, and you can pay by credit card or PayPal should you so desire. If you plan to download give Bandcamp a go, as they offer the highest-quality downloads, and host a great platform for independent artists to sell their music.

‘Deep Water’ downloads of the full album and single-song tracks are now available at CD Baby @http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/AllanThomas – The babies are carrying the compact disc.

The record is now also available for listening and digital downloading through the Allan Thomas Music Facebook PAGE @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Allan-Thomas/168576603179719?sk=app_204974879526524

iTunes and Amazon.com,  are now also offering ‘Deep Water’ downloads with most other digital music distributers also online.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/ASIN/B005ZXMMXA

 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 2011 News

11/11/11 – Black Bamboo Recordings news flash: After almost three years in production we are thrilled to announce the release of Allan Thomas’ 5th studio album ‘Deep Water’.

Produced by Allan Thomas and mixed by Mike Shipley and Brian Wohlgemuth.

Due to a manufacturing error, the compact disc will now be available for purchase after November 18, 2011, with digital downloads available already in the stream.

Making good on his promise of releasing at least one album of original material each decade Allan gives us ‘Deep Water’. With the generous help of over twenty-one stellar musicians playing in top form, we find songs ranging in territory from ‘The Longest Ride’ – a rock-jazz tribute to fallen surfer Andy Irons, featuring backing vocals by David Crosby & Graham Nash, to ‘The Downturn’ – a tongue-in-cheek take on the current state of economic mayhem. The record also features several character-driven compositions, among them ‘Other Than That’ – a vocal and drums only litany on the worst aspects of some people we all know, set to a late ’50′s beat-poet jazz groove, and the wizened and weary weed smuggler confessional of the searing rock-blues ‘Monkey Business’. The many facets of romance are not forgotten here, with a first-time studio rendering of the 1979 introspective chestnut ‘Fall In Love Too Easy’, plus the lush and atmospherical title track ‘Deep Water’. ‘The Gift’ offers a bossanovaish and jazzy homage to new love, and rounding out the quartet is the ballad that endeavors to sum it all up with ‘It All Comes Down To Love’.

Besides the usual highly-skilled cast of AT bandmates including Michael Ruff and Bryan Kessler, the record also features members of the Bonnie RaittNeil YoungJames TaylorVan MorrisonCSN and Yellowjackets bands. The album contains 12 songs that span time from as recent as the summer of 2011 – to ‘Homegrown’ written in 1976.

Downloads of the album and single-song tracks are now available at The Allan Thomas Music Store @ http://allanthomas.bandcamp.com/album/deep-water – Here you can can listen to all tracks in their entirety, read stories about the writing and recording of the songs, plus find lyrics, credits and photos. Bandcamp offers downloads in 6 different compression file sizes to suit your bandwidth and preference, and you can pay by credit card or PayPal should you so desire. If you plan to download give Bandcamp a go, as they offer the highest-quality downloads, and host a great platform for independent artists to sell their music.

‘Deep Water’ downloads of the full album and single-song tracks are now available at CD Baby @ http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/AllanThomas – The babies will carry the compact discs, Nov. 25th.

The record is now also available for listening and digital downloading through the Allan Thomas Music Facebook PAGE @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Allan-Thomas/168576603179719?sk=app_204974879526524

iTunes and Amazon.com,  are now also offering ‘Deep Water’ downloads with most other digital music distributers also online.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/ASIN/B005ZXMMXA

The album can be heard on Spotify and Last.fm.

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.

Pre-orders are now being accepted should anyone want to assure their very own copy before they sell out  – We can hear the hordes of voracious CD-seeking fans approaching our doorsteps at this very moment…

{insert shameless plug here} Please keep in mind how even more splendiferous the music will sound if you are sporting one of our incredibly luxurious and sexy Black Bamboo Recordings logo T shirts, tanks and long sleeves!

 

Here’s the lineup and particulars, enjoy…

 

Produced by Allan Thomas

 

Allan Thomas – vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, percussion, koto, sitar, pads, bells, tabla, tambura

David Crosby & Graham Nash – backing vocals ≈ The Longest Ride

Anjela Rose – backing vocals ≈ Deep Water, It all Comes Down To Love,

Caz West – backing vocals ≈ Homegrown

Michael Ruff – piano, fender rhodes, accordion, organ, clavinet, wurlitzer electric piano

James Raymond – acoustic piano ≈ The Longest Ride

Bryan Kessler – electric guitar ≈  The Longest Ride, Fall In Love Too Easy, The Gift. backing vocals ≈ The Gift

Ken Emerson – slide guitar ≈ Boyish Man

Jeff Richman  – electric lead & rhythm guitar ≈ Soldier Of Misfortune

Kirk Smart – Telecaster electric guitar ≈ Homegrown, bottleneck slide guitar, lap steel ≈ Monkey Business

Sylvain Carton – tenor sax ≈ The Gift, It All Comes Down To Love

Judd Miller – EVI muted trumpet, glass pads ≈ Deep Water. chromatic harmonica & brass pads ≈ Boyish Man

JP Allen – harmonica ≈ Monkey Business

Jimmy Johnson – bass ≈ Deep Water, The Longest Ride, Homegrown, Soldier Of Misfortune, Boyish Man, It All Comes Down To Love

James “Hutch” Hutchinson – bass ≈ Everything Happens For A Reason, Fall in Love Too Easy, The Gift

Rick Rosas – bass ≈ Monkey Business

Cliff Hugo – bass ≈ The Downturn

Trey Thompson – bowed upright bass ≈ Homegrown

William Kennedy – drums ≈ The Longest Ride, Fall In Love Too Easy, Boyish Man, It All Comes Down To Love

Joel Taylor – drums ≈ Deep Water, Everything Happens For A Reason, Homegrown, Soldier Of  Misfortune, Other Than That

Rick Shlosser – drums ≈ The Gift, The Downturn, Monkey Business

 

Mixed by Mike Shipley and Brian Wohlgemuth at the Living Room, Los Angeles CA.

Mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters Memphis Tenn.

Photography  ≈ Jim Shea

Graphic art ≈ Frank and Audrey Gauna

Recorded by Allan Thomas, Stephen Barncard, Ron Pendragon, Paul Tavenner, Dave Russell, John Prpich, Richard Bosworth, Chris West, Ken Basman, Michael Ruff, Joel Taylor, Jimmy Johnson, Judd Miller, James Raymond, Cliff Hugo.

All songs by Allan Thomas © 2011 Black Bamboo Music – BMI except:

The Gift by AT & Randy Handley ≈ Randy Handley Music – BMI

Soldier Of Misfortune by AT & Bryan Kessler ≈ Bryan Kessler Music – ASCAP

 

1 – Deep Water – 5:26

2 – Everything Happens For A Reason – 5:07

3 – The Longest Ride – 5:03

4 – Fall In Love Too Easy – 4:48

5 – Homegrown – 3:35

6 – Soldier Of Misfortune – 5:18

7 – The Gift – 5:29

8 – Boyish Man – 6:09

9 – The Downturn – 5:11

10 – Monkey Business – 5:07

11 – It All Comes Down To Love – 5:33

12 – Other Than That – 4:28

JULY News 2011

7/11/11 – Current news dispatch from the north shore of the island of Kauai @ 22 degrees north by 159 degrees west:

Synchronicity is everything. Another couple of my musical dreams came true this month. To begin with, both David Crosby and Graham Nash ended up singing some of the coolest otherworldly backing vocals on my Andy Irons tribute song formally called ‘Rip In Peace’, and now titled ‘The Longest Ride’. I received what Barncard calls a “Crosby Nash sandwich”! The boys – I call them the hardest working men in show biz – took time out from their much deserved vacation on Kauai, to do me the great honor of laying down some of that CN vocal magic on this track. My feet have had the toughest time touching back down to solid earth since then, and that was about a week ago. The best part, besides watching the masters at work, was rehearsing the chorus parts with all three of us in close harmony. Myself on the melody in the middle, the Croz a third below, and Nash a third above my voice. That was the dream part; Crosby Thomas and Nash – finally!!!

The session took place way up in the highlands above Kapaa, at Fat Tuesday Studios, by a cool-headed, owl-eared, speedy-fingered Ron Pendragon. http://fattuesdayrecords.com/ The studio happened to be booked for two weeks by a group of wonderful  Italian musicians called Quartetto Desueto. http://www.quartettodesueto.com/ But being the generous and kind brothers in music they are, they allowed Graham, David and myself, to break into their session for the two hours it took to on-the-spot arrange, rehearse and record the backing vocal parts. Wouldn’t you know it, the Italians were also huge CSNY fans, and had even sung-channeled some CSN-like harmonies on the album they were in the midst of recording. Everybody was stoked after the session, especially yours truly, who could hardly believe his beyond-amazing good fortune, or whatever you want to call it. When I asked David and Graham how could I ever repay them – besides my first born – they suggested paying it forward to someone else someday… Big mahalo to James Raymond for asking Mr. Crosby if he would be interested in singing on this track, and the same to the Croz for suggesting Nash sing the high part.

As if it couldn’t get any better; old friend and LA based jazz-fusion guitarist Jeff Richman, helped set in motion the second dream becoming reality by introducing me to one of my all-time favorite drummers – William Kennedy, of the jazz quartet The Yellowjackets. Will wound up playing on the last four songs of the ‘Deep Water CD’, including ‘The Longest Ride’. I can’t begin to describe how cool his playing sounds on these songs, needless to say, I’m one very moved and satisfied songwriter to have the wizard of rhythm himself onboard. Wanna shout out to Paul Tavenner of Big City Recording Studios in LA, for doing such a splendid job recording Mr. Kennedy.  http://www.bigcityrecording.com/Home.html

So after two years plus, I do believe this record is ready for mixing, and that brings us to this: The AT team, featuring Mike Shipley and his main right-hand-man Brian Wohlgemuth, are on the cusp of mixing the album in Los Angeles. This is my third record mixed by Mr. Shipley, and if the sparkle & shine on our past projects are any indication of whats ahead, get ready to don some powerful sunglasses!!

Stay tuned…

JUNE 2011 News

6/13/11 – Black Bamboo Studio News: The recording segment of the upcoming ‘Deep Water’ CD is nearing completion, with only two bass tracks, and four drum tracks remaining. It’s been a long haul, but worth every minute of it.

The ever deep-grooving Michael Ruff laid down some funky Fender Rhodes on the instrumental track ‘Boyish Man’, followed by noted LA session master Judd Miller, playing chromatic harmonica and brass pads through his EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument). Needless to say, the boys added some major flavor to the track. Both players have been recording on AT records since the 1989 release of ‘The Island’, and I’m still as excited today as I was then by their fresh and inventive contributions to the tunes.

Jimmy Johnson – longtime bassist for James Taylor – is slated to record his signature deep-in-the-pocket bass parts on ‘Boyish Man’ and the Andy Irons tribute song ‘Rip In Peace’. Rumor still has it that David Crosby might be adding his storied vocals to ‘RIP’. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed on this one, try that sometime!

Singer songwriter and Kauai songbird Anjela Rose, found time between making her first solo record and becoming a new mom, to bring her expressive and soulful voice to the title track ‘ Deep Water’.

LA based drummer Joel Taylor brought his exceptional feel and taste to two more songs on the record, with fluid yet oh so solid performances on ‘Soldier Of Misfortune’ and ‘Everything Happens For A Reason’.

Veteran mix master Mike Shipley and his deft assistant Brian Wohlgemuth, are slated to mix the ‘Deep Water’ CD upon completion. Two noted records that were mixed by this dream team in the last year are the new Alison Krause and Union Station record, and the new Maroon Five CD. So, as before, I know I am in good hands.

And speaking of being in good hands: Stephen Barncard – a man of many many hats, all worn well – has mixed a 60’s “retro” version of ‘Class Of ’65’the unfinished out-take song from the 1988 ‘The Island’ sessions, which was finally finished in 2011. That’s what I call Hawaiian time! Also on the same note, Brian Wohlgemuth is mixing a “modern” version of the song, with both versions available as a download upon mastering.

Other studio news: AT finishes recording and production work on singer songwriter Stephen Connella‘s upcoming first CD. The record is being mixed by Stephen Barncard in SF and mastered by Dave Collins in LA.

Mr. Barncard has created a web page for the new Black Bamboo Haberdashery, purveyors of fine Black Bamboo Recordings logo tee shirts, tank tops and longsleeves. To view or order said shirts you can visit: http://www.allanthomas.com/merch/

Extra extra news: AT is named first featured music artist at Walking Tiger Presents. The consistently cool web based entertainment site is featuring several of my past and present music videos. From short experimental films, and top-notch animation, to films on travel, sports, nature, and documentary, Walking Tiger Presents is full of quality content. Check them out.

The opening Allan Thomas music video is ‘The Downturn‘, directed by Teri Tico. The song was released in August of 2010 as the first single download from the upcoming CD. This version of the video was a quick edit from the first day of shooting back in early 2010. Since then there have been three more action-packed days of filming. Unfortunately due the director having a string of computer problems we are currently unable to complete the new edits. You may well ask, why release this version now? Well, I wanted the video to be seen while there still was a downturn. Turns out I need not worry about the the economy changing any time soon! Will update to the latest version as it becomes available. Big mahalos to Teri Tico, and Steve Booth.

http://walkingtiger.com/ or http://walkingtiger.com/allan-thomas-featured-musical-artist/



MARCH 2011 News

3/13/2011 – Want to report a few cool additions to the new ‘Deep Water’ record in the recent months: Longtime AT album sideman and Fender slide master, Ken Emerson, was on Kauai to add his wicked lap steel chops to a Darryl Hall Kauai segment of Darryl’s internet hit show “Live From Darryl’s House”, featuring Todd Rundgren. Knowing Ken was going to be back on island really got my wheels spinning, and immediately immersed myself in prepping the 11th and final song on the upcoming record for Ken to work his mojo on. Even though the dude battled a flu, he made sure to drop by Black Bamboo Studios, and I can guarantee you he did not let up or let down, and probably lost a pound or two in sweat alone. Always a special treat to have Ken’s colorful playing on my songs, not to mention the hang itself. The song we recorded is an as-yet untitled instrumental track in A minor, that I have been performing as my opener for the last four years or so. You’d think I’d have a title by now, but I’m still waiting for it to come…

It’s my ultra good fortune to have the very talented James Raymond track some tasty and soulful acoustic grand piano on my Andy Irons tribute song ‘Rip In Peace’. James is the older son of David Crosby, and was in the critically acclaimed trio CPR up until recently, along with David and Jeff Pevar. When he is not gigging in a jazz band, writing songs, or soundtracks for movies, James tours with CSN and is co-producing David Crosby’s new solo CD. Really stoked to have James remarkable playing gracing this tune.

And speaking of incredibly good fortune, looks like David Crosby is going to sing some backing vocals on ‘Rip In Peace’, possibly during the next break in the Crosby Nash tour in April. Can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to this.

My extra-longtime buddy and musical collaborator Bryan Kessler, flew over from Oahu in January to add his stunning influence on ‘Rip In Peace’. The guitar ace employed my Sadowsky Tele Standard electric and Carr tube amp to wondrous effect, and overcame his hesitance to be the first musician to track after myself. Also had Bryan help me sing backing vocals on ‘The Gift’, copying some of our parts from the 1988 demo. Figure myself to be blessed in many many ways, and to count these cats as my friends and compadre’s in music, is just beyond my comprehension. Gratitude abides right here.

Two songs from ‘Coconut Culture’ have been selected to be part of the soundtrack for a Kauai DVD produced and filmed by Gerry Charlebois, owner of Birds In Paradise ultralight trike excursions. The title of the film is Kauai Unveiled. The two songs chosen are ‘Coconut Culture’ and the instrumental featuring Ken Emerson on National Steel, ‘Ka Wai Aloha’.

And finally, to satisfy the wild and unprecedented craving for more AT offerings, we bring you the new Black Bamboo Haberdashery. Our first release is the super cool Black Bamboo Recordings logo tee shirt. The BBR record company logo was designed by George Gruel in 1988, while creating the graphic art for ‘The Island‘ CD. These black short sleeve, tank top and long sleeve pre-shrunk shirts are 100% cotton. Frontal view has Black Bamboo Recordings logo only and back view has logo plus the text – Black Bamboo Recordings, Hanalei, Kauai – in white lettering. Currently stocking Small, Medium, Large, XL and XX Large. Cost is $22 per tee shirt and tank top and $27 per long sleeve, including shipping & handling – more beyond the USA. For Kauai locals not requiring mail service, reduce the price per garment by $5. Those interested please email allant@aloha.net, connect through my Facebook page or @ www.allanthomas.com – checks and PayPal are accepted, and of course we wouldn’t turn down the occasional gold nugget or colored diamond!

For orders of $100 or more we will include a free ‘Brooklyn Boy In Paradise’ hand-burned CD.

We appreciate your ongoing support, and want you to know that all profits from sales of these shirts will go towards putting finishing touches on the nearly complete ‘Deep Water’ record.

DECEMBER 2010 News

2010/12/12  – Its been one hell of a ride here at Black Bamboo Recordings these last couple of months. If you think that all we do here is frolic in the sand and surf all day, well think again: we never stop. Even in the water we are constantly working; dreaming ideas, writing lyrics, and scheming ways to make AT’s music recognized the world over – or at least the neighborhood over. The following are some news nuggets that we wanted to share:

Joel Taylor, a wonderfully gifted and in-the-pocket drummer from Los Angeles – has imprinted his signature groove on ‘Deep Water’ and ‘Homegrown’, for CD#6, which the suits over here at Black Bamboo have now decided to call ‘Deep Water’. You can bet Joel will be playing on some other tracks in the near future.

On November 2nd of this year, local Hanalei surfer and three-time world champion Andy Irons, passed on. It rocked and shocked a lot of people all over the surfing world, including yours truly. On November 14th the Irons ohana (family) hosted a farewell tribute at Pinetrees surf break at Hanalei Bay. Thousands of people came to say Aloha O’e to brudda Andy. It was a chicken-skin, lump-in-the-throat kind of day. Over a thousand surfers paddled out just beyond the surf break on a rising swell to where Andy’s brother and wife poured his ashes overboard from an outrigger canoe. An incredibly deeply moving experience to say the very least. That day I will remember as surreal from beginning to end. I began writing what was to become my next song that morning in my van at my usual spot at the Hanalei river mouth after surfing at dawn. Today, exactly one month later, the song is complete. I call it ‘Rip In Peace’, it is my tribute, I guess you could say, to Andy, and have started recording it as song #10 on the new record.

Local videographers Terry Lilly and Wilkie McClaren created this Andy Irons tribute video using my instrumental ‘Ka Wai Aloha’ in the second half of the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6yKvEdvs3s

DJ Steve Murray from 2SSR-FM radio in New South Wales Australia, played the 1st single from the new ‘Deep Water’ CD – ‘The Downturn’ on his independent and alternative music show Saturday Arvo: http://radioarvo.blogspot.com/p/playlists.html

Again local videographer team Terry Lilley and Wilkie McClaren team up to create this cool video featuring renowned surfer/shaper Billy Hamilton and his partner Sava the surfing dog, as they tear it up in the fall waves at Hanalei Bay. The soundtrack is my song ‘Old Dog New Trick’ from the ‘Making Up For Lost Time’ CD. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m71Ig8n9EWc&hd=1

‘Making Up For Lost Time’ goes into it’s second printing. We want to thank each and every one of you – yes all nine hundred and ninety one of you – for making it happen!

Until next time – a hui ho – AT

OCTOBER 2010 News

2010/10/10 – Some fun stuff happening these last two months at Black Bamboo:

I’d been thinking how nice it would be to hear the sound of a muted trumpet somewhere on the new record, and remembered the great session master and ‘The Island’ alumni Judd Miller (Michael Brecker). After we reconnected by phone I e-mailed him an Mp3 of ‘Deep Water’. The next morning there sitting in my inbox like an unwrapped Christmas present, was an Mp3 version of Judd’s muted trumpet and “glass” pad parts on the song. I was non-plussed, the guy had nailed just what I envisioned and then some. The Mp3’s were for auditioning parts only. After approval of a part, the part is then re-sent as a Wav file in full 24/96 audio. You can bet Judd will be rejoining us for another session on the instrumental track up next!

Had the great fortune to have bassist Jimmy Johnson (James Taylor) play fretless bass on ‘Deep Water’ for my new record in progress. Can’t even describe how good it feels to hear his playing on this song. Suffice it to say I’m one deeply satisfied songwriter.

Drummer extraordinaire Rick Shlosser (Van Morrison), records drums on ‘The Gift’ and ‘Soldier of Misfortune’ for the as yet untitled CD #6.

The aforementioned Stephen Barncard, producer of my second album ‘The Island’, had the opportunity to transfer the original 1988 muli-track masters of ‘The Island’ into the digital domain. The 15 hour session took place at Prairie Sun Recording Studios, Cotati California. Each tape had to be baked in an oven for just the right amount of time to make them playable for the one-time transfer. The upshot of all this is that its not only great to have the original masters now archived in a hard drive, and be able to play them through our ProTools recording software at home, but there were some out-takes from ‘The Island’ sessions that never saw the light of day. Till now…

One of the out-takes is called ‘Class Of ’65’. A kind of shout-out to the mid-sixties, replete with references to Ray Charles, Aretha, Dylan, the Beatles, and my two great loves of the time; my high-school sweetheart and my ’55 Pontiac. Somehow I don’t remember even writing the song, but we tracked it at Cherokee Studios along with the others. I ran out of scratch for more studio time before we got around to finishing arranging the song, so we left it as it was and it sat around gathering dust in that multi-track tape box unheard for 22 years. Well lo and behold, about two weeks ago Barncard sends me the song, now for the first time in a digital form. How cool is it that now all these years later I can have the song before me on my desktop studio and… and finish it!! And this is what I have spent the last two weeks doing.

On this song my original “guide” vocal was tracked live in the studio with the band so I could be in close contact as we worked on the arrangement. We were thinking I’d overdub my “real” vocals later after the band had nailed the tracks. But I never did redo the vocals, and though this vocal track has a great vibe it is unfortunately unusable because of the band bleeding into my mic as we recorded – I was probably 10 feet from Rick Shlosser’s drum set. So the first thing I did was record a new lead vocal, and then inspired to go back to my roots, added some brand spanking new doo-wop backing vocals.

Since I was already going to be at Mike Ruff‘s studio for an overdub session on ‘Deep Water’ during this time frame, I asked Mike if he wanted to add anything to ‘Class Of ’65’ – as he had originally played a keyboards on the recording date. Upon hearing the song he immediately wanted to re-do his piano part, mainly because he didn’t like the sound of his instrument in relation to how much better they sound now. He proceeded to lay down Wurlitzer, organ and piano back to back and it was done.

Had to add some Motownish tamourine in the chorus’ and threw in some AT mambo jambo arrangement ideas for the intro bridge and ending, and ladies and gentlemen’s there you have it: ‘Class Of ’65’ redux 2010, a true ‘The Island’ out-take. Be sending the song back to Barncard for mixing shortly, then to Dave Collins for mastering. Will try to have it available for listening and download in the next few weeks for those of you who can’t wait to check out this rarity.