Genres:Easy Listening, Country - Alternative, Jazz - JazzPop/Light Jazz, Alternative Pop, Pop - Adult Contemporary, Rock - Roots Rock, Rock - New Wave, Rock - Alternative Pop , World - Island, RnB - Classic/Soul
Thomas' musical adventure began in Brooklyn NY, when at age 12, he joined an A Capella doo-wop vocal group, performing at local events. In 1966, at age 18, he signed his first solo record deal with noted producer Huey P. Meaux, who released Allan's first single on New York City based Scepter Records.
Becoming a songwriter at 19, Thomas soon played the Greenwich Village coffee house circuit, and in 1971 Sire Records released his first album of original songs 'A Picture', produced by Richard Gottehrer. Allan then toured the US, opening for acts such as Weather Report, Richie Havens, Taj Mahal, and elder blues men Bukka White and Arthur Cruddup.
In 1972 Thomas was invited to improvise vocals on the Cannonball Adderley Quintet song 'Behold', which appeared on the groups 'Soul of The Bible' concept album. Allan also opened for the quintet at the Troubadour and Lighthouse clubs in Southern California.
ALlan Thomas was a staff songwriter for ABC Music in Los Angeles in the late seventies, and moved to Kauai in 1983. He released his second album 'The Island' on his own Black Bamboo Recordings label in 1989. The CD was produced and mixed by industry veteran Stephen Barncard of Grateful Dead and Crosby & Nash fame, and featured Russell Ferrante of The Yellowjackets on keyboards and Zeke Zirengieble of Tower of Power on Slide guitar. The CD played on over 150 radio stations nationwide, and the title track was for many years featured on United Airlines in-flight music.
In 1997 Allan released his third album 'Coconut Culture', produced, recorded and mixed by music business legend Mike Shipley (Alison Krause, Maroon 5, Tom Petty) featuring a duet with Graham Nash on the song 'The Navigator'. On this album AT begins using several alternate guitar tunings that were gifts from David Crosby. Two of the songs from Coconut Culture were used in the feature film 'Beyond Paradise'.
In 2005 Allan was assistant engineer on Donald Fagens' (Steely Dan) third solo CD 'Morph The Cat'. Thomas also played rhythm guitar and sang backing vocals for both Fagan and Todd Rundgren in a benefit concert in March of 2005.
2007 saw the release of Mr. Thomas' fourth album 'Making Up For Lost Time', again joined by Graham Nash, on the song 'Ray Of Hope'. This record features Jimmy Johnson from the James Taylor band on bass, and Tris Imboden, of the group Chicago on drums, plus the usual cast of characters comprising the previous AT CD lineups.
In early 2012 Allan released his fifth and latest CD 'Deep Water', featuring David Crosby and Graham Nash singing backing vocals on 'The Longest Ride'. The record also features members of the Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young, Van Morrison, James Taylor, CSN, and Yellowjackets bands.
Currently AT is writing and recording his sixth studio album and compiling songs for his first album of instrumental tracks. Stay tuned...