“Greetings from Kauai, Hawaii, 21 degrees north by 159 degrees west. A bit of backstory. I’ve been singing professionally since I was 12 years old. Released my first 45 rpm single at 17, became a songwriter at 19, and have released 5 previous studio albums of original material thus far. My whole life has been about the making of music, and that has led to this, my newest recording ‘Two Sides To Every Story’.
Written and recorded over the last 6 years this collection of songs could possibly be my most far reaching album yet. Blending elements of soul, blues, jazz, rock and singer songwriter, the resulting album contains 8 songs with vocals, and 7 instrumentals.
Ranging from a solo acoustic guitar slack key instrumental to full-blown ensemble tracks with some of the worlds tastiest musicians, including players from Steely Dan, the James Taylor Band, Yellowjackets and Crosby Stills & Nash, plus many other stellar studio cats and kittens from Kauai, Nashville, and Los Angeles. Needless to say, I’m beyond stoked at the performances of my musical compatriots. ‘Two Sides To Every Story’ was mixed in Montreal by multi platinum engineer Paul Northfield (Rush, Dream Theater).
Several compositions, like ‘Dating Game’, a dude’s eye look into some of the head scratching scenarios in online dating, and ‘Geezer Talk’, a lighthearted laundry list of the daily ailments thrust upon unsuspecting baby boomers aim to induce some much needed humor. A few tunes express the wishful thinking of one who dreams big, as in ‘If Only’ and ‘Is That Asking Too Much?’, while ‘Troubled Times’ takes an unflinching look at the darkly disturbing aspects of our current worrisome world. Most of the songs have been written in recent times, but the instrumental ‘In Search Of’ goes all the way back to Malibu, California, in 1973. Some things take a while.
Instrumentals and vocals. Humor and deadly serious. Two sides. Looking towards an August release, stay tuned.”
~ Allan Thomas