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| Thom Bresh
|Thom Bresh is a multi-faceted
entertainer. A singer,
songwriter, recording artist,
instrumentalist with an eventful
career stemming from the
tender age of three. He is the
son of legendary Hall of Fame
guitar great "Merle Travis", and
can recreate that famous
"Travis style" with an incredible
|When touring, Thom travels with some of his array of guitars including his signature handcrafted
"Dualette," (the famous two-sided guitar that he refers to as "My Band"), a custom signature
Plummer" attached to a synthesizer creating incredible instrument replications, (such as a horn
section, piano, and strings), and his "Unity Special" 18 inch archtop, (a state of the art version of
Merle Travis' famous Gibson Super 400 Special). You may also catch the Breshman with one of his
signature "Bresh Spirits".
Thom and extraordinary guitar pickin' have become one... globally. In New Zealand, Bresh's
audiences come to see "The yank with the 2 sided guitar." Thom Bresh is hailed throughout France
for his captivating sound and memorable stage presence. He also carries the coveted title of "Wine
Lord" by both the World Wine Counsel in Bordeaux, France and Patrimonio, Corsica. In Europe he
has performed with entertainment greats like Marcel Dadi, Frances Cabrel and Albert Lee. In his vast
career, he has shared audiences with everyone from Bob Hope to Gordon Lightfoot.
He guest starred with Chet Atkins and Steve Wariner on the TNN special "A Salute to the Country
Greats." He has hosted his own successful weekly television variety show called "Nashville Swing,"
and was a regular on Dinah! and the Merv Griffin Show.
Thom Bresh "the Producer" is in demand among the music industry's guitarists. Classical guitarist
"Valerie Duchateau" made the long journey from France just to be produced by Bresh. He has also
produced country guitar great, Jerry Reed. As a Producer, he received Grammy nominations for the
Merle Travis album, "Travis Pickin," his instrumental CD, “Wires to the Wood” and an Academy
Award nomination for "Over You," theme song from the movie Tender Mercies, in addition to
producing six of his own CDs. His CD "Son of a Guitar Pickin' Man" brought him much acclaim from
magazines such as "Guitar Player," to Britain's "Now Dig This." Thom‚s latest CD, "Guts & Steel", is a
duet CD with the extraordinary fingerpicker, Buster B. Jones. It was released in Sept. 2001 on Solid
Music is not his only love. As a videographer, Bresh has shot, produced and edited projects that
include Hank Thompson, Lyle Lovett, Brooks & Dunn, George Jones, Tanya Tucker and a long-form
narrative-music-sitcom video starring Jerry Reed called "Another Puff".
He is an accomplished impressionist/comedian with a diverse collection of voices ranging from
country greats to various political icons, which he incorporates with ease into his performances
leaving audiences rolling in the aisles with laughter. This brilliant comedic timing and unique
delivery led to two HBO Specials.
Thom was the 2001 inductee into the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame.
An entertainer surpassed by no other, leaving audiences totally awestruck wherever he performs.
When you see Bresh and his "Band" take the stage you will know why...
"Thom Bresh is a guitarist that deserves to be heard," Chet Atkins, CGP
For More Information on Thom Bresh, Visit His Website
|I am delighted to present to you, for your listening pleasure, "Wires To The Wood."
Primarily, this is a collection of instrumentals: some recently inspired and a few
written by mentors of mine. It is also my answer to the many requests I have had
for an instrumental album. Some of my favorite guitars are featured here and I
hope that all you thumbpickers out there will enjoy learning these songs, if you are
so inspired. The artwork on the cover of this album has a special significance for
me. It was taken from a painting by the great French artist, Pierre Malrieux - and the
original is hanging above the mantle in my living room. This came from a moment
when Buster B. Jones, Bob Brozman and I were made wine lords by the world
wine counsel in Bordeaux, France. Since Pierre is known mostly for his
seascapes and villages, it was an honor to have him create this very special piece.
|1 Mr. Guitar, My Friend
2 Wasn't He A Dandy
3 Bar B Que
4 Long Lost John
5 Christian & Nicole
6 Happy Again
7 Buster Upper
9 Janet's Planet
10 Me & Ole Paul
|11 Wires To The Wood
12 Mira MacGuire
13 Take Another Swing At Me
14 Marcel's Thumb
15 Muhlenberg Moon
16 My Brother Thom
17 Heather's Hideaway
18 Cold Cold Heart
|Whether you have been to a Thom Bresh concert before or whether you haven't,
you'll hear the "Bresh Man" like you've NEVER heard him before, digitally recorded
"Live" and at his very best! Plenty of SINGING , LAUGHS and PICKIN.... This album
gives you all your Bresh favorites, Jelly Roll, Sidewalks of Bordeaux, Malaguena,
Cannon Ball Rag, Dueling Banjos, Guitar In the Window, a Tribute to Merle Travis
and That's All. You'll hear his hilarious version of Poke Salad Annie, and wait til
you check out his Schidzoid Guitar. Thom sings 2 new ballads, Ageless Timeless
Love and Back To You. He has everyone from Willie Nelson to Ross Perot singing
Achy Breaky Heart, and even a HOT duet with Buster B. Jones. 65 minutes of pure
|- Thom Bresh's critically acclaimed tribute to his father, Merle Travis, shows off
some great pickin' and singing on these 15 cuts. To add to the spirit of the
album, Bresh plays Travis' famous "Gibson Super 400 Special" guitar. Includes
"Whatever Blows Your Dress Up," "Guitar In the Window," "Blue Smoke," "Dance
Of The Golden Rod," "Guitar Rag," "White Heat," "Rockabye Rag," "Bugle Call
Rag," "Bullshot," "Walkin' Backwards," "Cascade," "Childhood Memories," "I'll
Cry Instead," a very special salute to Bresh's "Guitar Heroes" (Chet Atkins, Jerry
Reed and Travis), and of course "Son of a Guitar Pickin' Man." If you are a Merle
Travis fan, you'll LOVE this one!