Guthrie Thomas has written over one thousand published lyrical songs and a hundred or more instrumental compositions. He was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, and raised on a horse ranch in the rodeo days of the genuine American cowboy. He plays seven different styles of music.
Thomas' career has spanned 45 years, 60 albums, 3 motion pictures, as well as television. He has recorded and performed with some of the most elite musicians around the world. Ramblin' Jack Elliott discovered Thomas in a Northern California cafe' and bar bringing Thomas to Hollywood where his music career began. With Ramblin' Jack's generous help and guidance in Hollywood Thomas soon gained the attention of many notables and was soon on his way. As Thomas likes to say, "Had it not been for Jack Elliott, I'd probably be selling guitar strings in some distant guitar shop North of Frisco. Though there were many friends who assisted me in my journey in recording, most certainly, Raynold Gideon, Arlo Guthrie, John Hartford, as well as, Hoyt Axton, David Foster, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Tommy Smothers, Don Novello, and a large host of others, still it was Jack that was the one who gave me my start. The famed Screen Writer and Motion Picture Producer, Raynold Gideon, produced Thomas’ first Album, "Sittin' Crooked," after hearing Thomas play a few songs when Thomas and his friend, Steve McQueen, visited a Pacific Coast Highway restaurant just North of Malibu Beach Colony in California in 1974. However, Thomas began his hopes of becoming a recording artist in London, England, playing in the subways of London as passengers came to and from their trains in 1968. Thomas' father gave him his first guitar, a Gibson acoustic 12 string.
However, Thomas' talents do not end with music and songwriting. Thomas is also a Registered Pharmacist and specializes in Oncology Medicine; a Psychologist; an Author; an Actor; a Painter; a Music Director, and Record Producer. Thomas also maintains and oversees The Guthrie Thomas Companies, Alnilam Records, The Guthrie Thomas Guitar Pick Company, and is considered by many to be one of the finest singer-songwriter, acoustic guitarists in the world.
When asked how he manages to accomplish all of these exploits in life? Thomas replies, "Anyone can achieve anything they wish to achieve if they possess the tenacity and determination to accomplish what others say, "Can't be done." "Set your goal and go after it!" "Always look at failure as knowledge to be utilized as guidance for future achievements, and always, always look for a back door!" "Everyone is trying to get in the front door." "Lastly, never give up until your dead, but don't kill yourself trying."
Never forget that fame is just a word that few truly understand, and for most, only a few short moments in their lives if the specter does present itself. artistic expression well done is something no one ever forgets. Most musicians starting out often see the fame, glory, and fortune for a very short time, if you are lucky, perhaps 2 years and then fade into history. Try and have an Ace-In-The-Hole, as they say. a Back-up, to assist you on your journey in Music. Many musicians only see the, "I am a musician," side of the music business. Just remember, they do not call it The Music "Business" for any other reason than it is a profit making business and they care very little, if at all, about the artist. Actually, it should be termed, "The Business of Music." Don't ever forget, it is a profit making "Business," and not just fun, games, and playing. Find time to learn as much about the "Business Side of Music" as possible on the journey through the music business. CD Baby is an excellent company to start with I might add, they are honest and treat all their artists with respect. Agents, Managers, Advances, Recording Costs, Touring Expenses, Swag, Copyrights, Publishing, Radio, and now the Internet, just to mention a few, all have to be paid before you get your check. Most musicians earn their highest wages from touring and not from selling records but, you have to sell a a great number of records to warrant the expense of touring. All of this comes out of your pocket.
If you want to learn, you must learn to listen, and take it very slow. Life in the fast lane will kill you fast, and I have worked with many artists that sadly came to find out that this was the fastest and last train they were on. This train is as black as midnight with no moon, no conductor, and no engineer. This train travels one way only and is nonstop. Those traveling on this train never knew they boarded the train on the steel tracks to purgatory...