TJ Thomas and The Kentucky Strait Band to play at Sneaky Pete’sWritten by Mighty Wyte (Matt Feher) | | firstname.lastname@example.org
On June 29, TJ Thomas and The Kentucky Strait Band roll into Sneaky Pete’s Saloon at 5348 Detroit Ave. Thomas and his band are known for rocking shows with a healthy mix of classic country, southern rock and original country songs.
According to TJ Thomas, “We play anything from Cash to Haggard, to Brooks, Sheldon and Lynrd Skynrd. We have a professional band with credentials; we know how to work the crowd, how to keep the people entertained.”
Hailing from Ann Arbor, Thomas recently moved to the Toledo area and has already begun to make a name for himself and his band.
“I would describe our sound as country with an edge. We do Motown and rock and roll, but I like to keep it close to country, real country. However, we play clubs so we play some ZZ Top and Skynrd too. We make sure to keep a good mix going,” he said.
Thomas, who has been performing and writing music for 35 years, has also begun to earn national recognition.
“My first real CD came out in November of 2012,” Thomas said. “With the way country has being going, it was drifting away from the way I was writing. But all the old stuff is becoming new again.”
Thomas was recently invited to the Grand Ole Opry and was interviewed by the Grand Ole Opry Internet radio station WSM.
“As a country singer/songwriter, your goal is to play the Opry. I got to go there, play two songs live and they played three songs off my CD. It went really well and they offered an open invitation to me to come back whenever I want. So I’m going back in July,” Thomas said with a laugh.
Even though Thomas is enjoying national attention, local performances are still very important to him and his band of musicians. “Every night, we play to me is the Grand Ole Opry,” he said.
“Whether it’s a little dive bar in a tiny town or a big fair festival. The other thing is I’ve been performing my originals and it’s cool when people start requesting your songs and they’re singing along with the lyrics. You aren’t going to learn the words to a song if you don’t like it.”
Thomas’ first CD entitled “She Dreams of Horses” is available on iTunes and on Amazon.com. For those who are interested in seeing TJ Thomas and The Kentucky Strait Band in person, the upcoming show at Sneaky Pete’s Saloon is the best chance to do so locally.
“We would love people to come out and meet some new friends” said Thomas. “We usually start around 9:30 and wrap around 1:30 in the morning.”