'Moody songs, acoustic-based band, beautiful as ever voice, good song arrangements. Sara may wake up and find that she's become a huge star one day.' - Mr. Agreeable, Fayetteville Free Weekly
The unadorned voice of acoustic singer/songwriter Sara Thomas projects an eclectic, unapologetic sound -- part rock-and-roll and part folk accompanied by extremely intimate, poetic lyrics. 'I write what I know; I'm just trying to write a good song,' says the 26-year-old Arkansas native.In 1998 while attending the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Sara Thomas began her performing career with the acoustic duo of Bev and Sara. Along with fellow singer/songwriter, Beverly Blann (Abe Isis, Tyko, Bella Sera, Skylyr), the two quickly lit up the scene by opening for such acts as Pat Green and The Hosty Trio at local hotspots. In 2000, the duo was awarded a spot in the Girls Rock Festival held at The Howling Wolf in New Orleans.
Upon her graduation, Sara left for the Hawaiian island of Oahu where she lived for 8 months. Soon, Sara teamed up with Kim Char Meredith and Darlyne Cain to participate in Women with Guitars, an acoustic showcase with performances at Planet Hollywood and the annual Pearl Harbor 4th of July Celebration.Now, Sara is back home in central Arkansas and joined by drummer Dave Hoffpauir (Ho Hum, The Boondogs), guitarist Ben Harris, bassists Chris Michaels (The Boondogs, Beanland) and Jay Gentry. The group is known around town as the 'Sara Thomas Band' and has scored opening slots for Iris Dement, Patrice Pike, Cary Pierce, Brave Combo and Trent Summar. They were selected to compete in the 2003 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase and in May 2003, Thomas was chosen as a solo finalist in the Arkansas Acoustic Showdown in Conway, Arkansas.
'My solo music and the band have two very different sounds though, both are extremely laid back; it's a very down-to-earth style,' Thomas said. 'We are a rootsy, Americana genre that I refer to as folk-pop. We get all of those female singer/songwriter comparisons but I don't know how accurate any of them truly are.'These comparisons have been to Natalie Merchant, the Cowboy Junkies and Jewel, but these days Sara is focusing on recording and writing. 'Right now I just want to create a more rugged sound than The Pink EP.'The band will be playing throughout the Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas areas throughout the next year. Look for them near you!For booking e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.