From: CA, United States
Genre: Country, Folk
Bob Thomas Bio
Award winning singer/song writer Bob Thomas was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. At the age of seven his dad bought him a guitar. Throughout the 70's he played alongside recordings of John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, Johnny Cash, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan as he learned to play. Bob has always written poetry, and in 2009 decided to put the words to melody and create his own music. He has been writing songs ever since. His songs are melodic and easy to listen to. He plays guitar in a traditional fingerpicking style. Bob is a performing member of the Western Music Association.
His song “The Cowboy” was selected as a finalist for the prestigious Western Writers of America Spur Award for the 2012 best western song.
Bob spent a portion of his formative years in New Mexico. As a result, many of the songs he writes have their roots in the west. His first CD, entitled “New Mexico”, was release in February 2010. This CD contains the very popular “I Should Have Been a Cowboy” which portrays a day in the life of a cowboy. “New Mexico” documents his move from Los Angeles to Albuquerque and his eventual departure is depicted in “El Paso”. The first of his Iraq trilogy “Brown Eyed Girl” appears on this CD
His second CD, “Late at Night”, released in November 2011 features the award winning song “The Cowboy” which describes the double tough life that cowboys endured while riding on the Chisholm Trail. The song makes the point that getting to the top of the mountain is not always the prize, it’s the climb. “Charley” recounts a conversation he had with a friend who was a Zuni Indian. Al Krtil of Sudzin Country / Early Morning Trails WRSU-FM New Brunswick, New Jersey said “Bob Thomas’ latest album “Late At Night” is a welcome addition to “Early Morning Trails”…favorites include “The Cowboy Palace”, “Charley” and “The Cowboy”. The third song in his Iraq trilogy “My War” ends the story of a soldier just returned from the Iraq war and the problems of retuning.
His third CD, “The Cowboy Way”, released in December 2012, features four songs about the west. “The Cowboy Way” describes his wish for a simpler way as he recalls the attributes of a cowboy. “Night Watch” depicts the loneliness of night as a cowboy guard’s herd. “Doc Holliday” tells the story of Doc Holliday from his birth to his death. “Montana Storm” tells of his experience as he stood on a hill in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana, watching a storm develop. “Leaving Iraq” is the second of an Iraq war trilogy, continues the story of a young man and his experience of the Iraq war.
Bob is currently working on his fourth CD, “A Cowboy’s Story”, expected to be released May-June 2014. The CD tells the story of a young man of 18 whom, tired of the civil war, heads west to Texas. It goes on to tells how he grows to be a man and his life as a cowboy. The CD ends as he gets old and can no longer cowboy.
Bob now resides in Tarzana, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. He appears often at the Gene Autry Museum, The Coffee Gallery, El Trocadero Steak House, The Cowboy Palace and at other venues in the greater Los Angeles area.