Earl Thomas

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s


Earl Thomas Bridgeman, 29 August 1960, Pikeville, Tennessee, USA. With a navy officer for a father, Thomas grew up in Seattle, Guam and San Diego, before returning to Pikeville in 1975. He grew up listening to his father play blues guitar and harmonica. In 1983, he moved to Arcata, California, where he studied dentistry at Humboldt State University, but before he had completed his studies, he had begun to sing at open-mike nights in local clubs. In 1987, he and co-writer Phillip Wooten moved to San Diego, where Thomas joined the Rhumboogies, performing 40s jump band music. In 1989, he recorded an album, I Sing The Blues, which he released on his own Conton label. He also formed a band, the Blues Ambassadors, which has featured musicians such as Zach Zunis, Joel Foy, Christopher Crepps and Michael Cherry. A copy of Thomas’ album reached Herb Cohen, who signed him to Bizarre Records. Blue... Not Blues comprised remixed versions of the original album plus three...

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