Tommy Thomsen at Redwood Cafe

Thu, June 21, 2018, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

TOMMY THOMSEN— Western Swing singer, piano pounder, guitar picker extraordinaire– grew up in Sonoma, California, at a time when small town values were still a way of life in the Valley of the Moon. As a child, his first instrument was the piano. He studied the classics and worked his way up to performing Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody at his last recital. After his mother, Jean (aka “Big Red,”) taught him to play a mean Boogie Woogie, he segued into all things Americana. He leapt from Liszt to Jimmy Reed’s You Got Me Runnin’ and never looked back. As a teen, he took up guitar and began his first Professional band, “The Headsman,” incorporating Texas Blues and Rock ‘n Roll classics.

He went on to play Blues Rock with Sammy Hager, Americana with Norton Buffalo, and Blue Grass with Rose Maddox. He became hooked on Western Swing and the works of Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, and Ray Price, etc. By seeking out the greats, he developed relationships with many of the original Texas Playboys. His cowboy band went on to appear at many of the popular clubs around Texas, Idaho, and Nevada including the Nugget and Reno’s MGM Grand.

“In every musical era there are musicians who fame is drawn as much on the musicians they bring along with them as for their own talent… Add to that list Tommy Thomsen and whatever band he’s bringing to your town at any given time… [He] plays a lively honky tonk piano and extraordinary guitar to accompany his soulful singing… One critic once referred to Tommy’s traveling aggregation as a ‘Hillbilly backyard barbecue band’—a description that Thomsen considers an appellation.” – Travis T. Hipp, Comstock Chronicle

$10.00 advance $12.00 day of show

Redwood Cafe

8240 Old Redwood Hwy

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