Florida “Swamp Blues” master Robert ‘Top’ Thomas, a native of New Smyrna Beach, Florida has toured and/or recorded as guitarist and vocalist with several renowned Blues artists including; “Noble ‘Thin Man’ Watts”, “Lazy Lester”, “Victor Wainwright”, “The King Snake All-Star Revue”, “Alex Taylor”, “Bill Wharton”, “Blue House”, and “Mark ‘MuddyHarp’ Hodgson”, to name a few; but is best known as a founding member of King Snake recording artist “SmokeHouse”.
“SmokeHouse” recorded four groundbreaking CD’s in the 90’s that defined the genre of Florida Swamp Blues. Living Blues Magazine said of their 3rd release Cadillac in the Swamp; “The year 1995 was a great one for blues recording, but this irrepressible set of updated swamp blues earns this reviewer’s vote as the best of the lot.”
Robert’s sound is a gumbo of Louisiana swamp and Delta roots, influenced by many of his heros including; Lightnin’ Slim, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, and Lazy Lester.
Supporting Robert on his debut CD “The Town Crier” are Stephen Dees (Bass), Billy Dean (Drums) [WildRoots rhythm section], and introducing to the Blues world; harmonica virtuoso
Stephen Kampa [winner of the 2012 Florida Harmonica Championship]. Also, look for special guest performances by Victor Wainwright, Damon Fowler, Brandon Santini, and Beth McKee.
WildRoots Records, a Edgewater FL/Memphis TN based label, is known for releasing three internationally acclaimed CD’s by Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots, produced by Stephen Dees, who once again takes the seat as producer for “The Town Crier”.