Robert Thomas – 2023 ECMA Entertainer of the Year nominee – has written songs for everyone from Kenny Rogers and Joe Cocker to the Dixie Chicks. Exactly a year after playing a sold out début show at The Carleton he brings his locked-in-the-pocket Americana band the session men back to Halifax on Friday, April 28th. Show time is 8 PM and tickets are $25 + HST.
Robert Thomas‘ songwriting uniquely blends a wide palette of styles and influences, that range from Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Guy Clark, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Townes van Zandt to Harry Chapin and Steve Earle.
Over a 30-year career as a performing songwriter, Thomas has recorded or appeared internationally with many of Canada’s most beloved A-list artists including, Barney Bentall, The Legendary Hearts, Spirit of the West, Garnet Rogers, Susan Aglukark, Roche Voisine, Ryan’s Fancy, Hagood Hardy and Lina Boudreau.
The session men feature Nashville stalwart and co-writer Ray Legere (credits – Allison Kraus, Tony Rice, Doc Watson, Rita Macneil, and Michelle Shocked) on Mandolin and Fiddle, Jon Arsenault (credits – Spoiled Rotten, Thom Swift, Charlie A’Court and Zack Lane) on Guitar and backing vocals and Maxime Forbes (credits – Jacques Comeau, Zack Lane, Spoiled Rotten and Mojo) on Keyboards and backing vocals.
“An evening with Robert Thomas and the session men blends compelling songwriting with impeccable roots acoustic musicianship and wonderful storytelling…not to be missed.” (Lara Pallis, Subterranea, London, U.K.)
“Impressive musicianship, so clean, so solid and full of life and energy, I love ‘em” (Barbara Cloyd – Host, The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville)
“Highly recommended” (The Americana Music Association)
“Twilight is a great song; we have it on High Rotation” (Singersongwriter.com FM, UK)
“Absolutely gorgeous video and song (Light of Love)” (CBC Shift)
“Great song! (Hot in Here), we will feature it on our playlist” (Radio ARA, Luxembourg)
“Twilight has an original and compelling hook. The lyric is uniquely conversational and the melody is great, different in a good way. This is a really good song I can definitely pitch.” Matt Lindsay, Matt Lindsay Music LLC, Nashville – Publisher to George Strait, Garth Brooks, Bonnie Raitt, The Dixie Chicks, Kenny Chesney, Brooks n Dunn, and Willie Nelson.
“I love this man and his music. RT has never sent me a bad song, he sets the bar around here.” Don Grierson, VP A&R, Capitol Records/EMI (Joe Cocker, Dottie West, Kenny Rogers, Celine Dion, Sheena Easton….)