Earl Thomas


Earl Thomas is really making some Big Sounds in the Blues world. Read on and check out why Backroads Blues has named him for the Top honors including best male blues singer for 2011.

By Clayton Hamel
If there was one amazing singer who can really tear it up in the blues world who is down to earth, who can rock it out and who really knows how to perform live, it would be Earl Thoma and fans around the world are buzzing.

Earl Thomas is a great singer who combines British Blues Rock influences such as the Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart and blends with traditional American Blues especially Chicago Blues. The result is an electrifying and powerful performance that you will never forget. One verse Earl will sing as soft as a whisper and the next he will roar like a Lion. You know he knows what he is doing with his voice and his confidence on stage shows as well as his grateful attitude.

"An electrifying and powerful performance that you will never forget. Fans around the world are buzzing. Blues history in the making"

Earl is a star and a Legend in the Making who does something unique in the Blues world. He writes great songs. I’m not the only one who thinks so. His songs have been covered by Tom Jones and others are becoming hip to his clever lyrics and interesting arrangements.

Pigalle Club London Photo: London Photographers

Earl Thomas floored fans at his debut in 1992 at the Montreux Jazz Festival and was on the bill with Legendary Buddy Guy and has since been asked back four more times sharing the stage with the Giants of the blues such as BB King, Keb Mo, Taj Mahal and Carlos Santana. Earl recently headlined the Festival de Blues de Barcelona in Spain and gave an unforgettable performance. 

It is Earl Thomas the vocalist, songwriter, producer and performer who is the complete package who tours with two different bands. Each band represents two different but equally powerful styles of the great music of the Blues.

His European band is called “Earl Thomas with Paddy Milner and The Big Sounds” and is based out of London and features an extraordinary Englishman named Paddy Milner on piano. Earl added a horn section for the sophisticated European audience. 

Earl Thomas w Paddy Milner and The Big Sounds Photo: Rich Hardcastle

Paddy Milner and Earl Thomas Photo: Rachel Kumar

Earl Thomas with Paddy Milner and Big Sounds toured Europe six months this year to support the release of “See It My Way” which was released in Europe and Japan and is building a loyal following due to the sizzling stage performance this band is known for.

Earl Thomas tours America with his San Francisco based band called “The Blues Ambassadors” who released their album “Introducing The Blues Ambassadors” and is getting amazing reviews from coast to coast and is being played at over 200 radio stations in the U.S. This eclectic group of some of the finest blues based musicians in the San Francisco Bay has Japanese keyboard, Indian Bassist, Latin and British guitarists, Italian drummer, and an African American singer who hails from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tennessee.

Earl Thomas is the son of a gospel singer mother and a blues singer/guitarist father who joined the Navy after Earl was born. By the time Earl was 14 years old, he had changed schools 6 times and has lived in Seattle, San Diego and Guam. This gave Earl Thomas the material to write and sing the Blues in a big way.

Earl Thomas and the Blues Ambassadors Photo: Karen Edwards

Earl tours much of the year and has performed on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise as a special guest and with his band “Earl Thomas with Paddy Milner and The Big Sounds”. Earl also traveled on the “Blues Cruise” as a paying passenger to party and hang out relax and jam with some of his friends. When he is not touring or writing, he likes to be home.
Without question, one of the most important blues singers of this decade will be Earl Thomas and if you seen him live you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you haven’t then all I can tell you is to go see Earl Thomas live and bring a few friends who will all be glad you included them in possibly witnessing blues history in the making.
-Clayton Hamel, Backroads Blues Magazine
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