Long-time singer/songwriter and Kauai resident Allan Thomas celebrates the completion of his fourth album 'Making Up For Lost Time'.
Featuring many of Kauai's A-list musicians, including Graham Nash of Crosby Stills and Nash, and Tris Imboden of Chicago, the record was produced and recorded by Allan on the North Shore of Kauai.
The line-up: Allan Thomas (Vocals, Guitar, Percussion), Tris Imboden (Drums), Jimmy Johnson (Bass), Graham Nash (Backing Vocals on Ray Of Hope), Bryan Kessler (Guitar), Michael Ruff (Keyboards, Accordion, Backing Vocals), Ken Emerson (Slide Guitar & Lap Steel), Kirk Smart (Guitar, Mandolin, Lap Steel), Anjela Rose (Backing Vocals), JP Allen (Harmonica).
The record was mixed and mastered by Mike Shipley who also mixes for Maroon Five, Shania Twain, Joni Mitchell, Tom Petty, Def Leppard, and Aerosmith, to name a few.
Allan’s style of music on this record can best be described as R&B (Rhythm & Beach) or Island Soul.
Allan’s first album of original songs entitled “A Picture” was released in 1971. The record garnered enough sufficient critical attention in the music world to open some new doors and Thomas soon began opening across the country for acts like The Cannonball Adderley Quintet, Weather Report, The Marc Almond Band, and Livingston Taylor.
In ‘83, Thomas moved to the Hawaiian Islands. It is there where he developed the new blend of music heard on his next two records.
In ‘89, Allan Thomas contacted producer Stephen Barncard and over the next year they created the album “The Island”. The CD, which was released on Thomas' own label, Black Bamboo Recordings, is a collection of Thomas' original tunes written and recorded during 1989-1990. Not surprisingly, much of the album draws its inspiration from the beauty and tranquility of the Hawaiian Islands, according to Thomas.
In ‘96, Thomas released his third album “Coconut Culture”, which departed from the jazz/rock based format on the “The Island” and leaned more towards a traditional feel, reflecting his love for the indigenous music of his adopted islands.
In early ’05, Allan upgraded his recording studio and then rented the studio to Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, for work on his third solo album “Morph The Cat”. This would lead to Fagen winning the 2006 TEC award for Outstanding Creative Technical Achievement for the best record production, by the voters of Mix Magazine. Thomas’ work with Fagen inspired him to get back to work on his own next solo record “Making Up For Lost Time”.
Allan gigs regularly on the North Shore Of Kauai and has opened for Graham Nash and Taj Mahal, among others. He also plays in Los Angeles, NYC, Toronto and other places in North America when the surf in Hawaii is flat, and is looking forward to getting out of paradise for a minute and doing some touring around the world.
For complete bio, visit Allan's site here!