BJ Thomas with Keb’ Mo’- Most of All Official Music Video

BJ Thomas with Keb’ Mo’- Most of All Official Music Video

BJ Thomas is joined by Grammy winning bluesman Keb’ Mo’ on this newly recorded acoustic version of BJ’s 1971 hit “Most Of All” from the CD “The Living Room Sessions”. Available at
Amazon, iTunes, bjthomas.com, and wrinkledrecords.com.

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About the Album:
A true American institution whose iconic pop, country and gospel hits defined their respective generations and now transcend them, B.J. Thomas has found a unique way to celebrate an incredible half a century in music and some 47 years since his first gold selling hit on Scepter Records. The singer, a five time Grammy and two time Dove Award winner who has sold more than 70 million records and is ranked in Billboard’s Top 50 most played artists over the past 50 years, invites longtime fans and newcomers alike to his living room—or more accurately, The Living Room Sessions, his debut recording for Wrinkled Records featuring intimate acoustic re-imaginings of 12 of his most renowned songs.

Working with famed veteran country music producer Kyle Lehning (Randy Travis, George Strait, Willie Nelson) at Sound Stage Studio in Nashville and backed by a host of Music City’s finest sessions musicians, Thomas recorded many of these as duets with a perfectly fulfilled “wish list” of guest artists from different genres. These include pop great Richard Marx “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song”, country legend Vince Gill (“I Just Can’t Help Believing”), bluesman Keb’ Mo’ (“Most of All”), Lyle Lovett (“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head”), rocker Isaac Slade, lead singer of The Fray (“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”) and producer/songwriter turned popular contemporary standards singer Steve Tyrell (“Rock and Roll Lullaby”).

Thomas also vibes on The Living Room Sessions with two lesser known powerhouses, labelmate and renowned Nashville touring and session singer) Etta Britt (“New Looks From An Old Lover”) and 20-year-old Broadway and soundtrack phenom Sara Niemietz, who joins Thomas on “Hooked on a Feeling.” The Living Room Sessions also includes four solo performances by Thomas that represent a several decade swing in his earlier career: the opening track “Don’t Worry Baby” (a Beach Boys classic first covered by the singer in 1977), “Eyes of a New York Woman” (1968) “Whatever Happened To Old Fashioned Love” (a #1 country hit in 1983) and “Everybody’s Out of Town” (1970).

One of the keys to making The Living Room Sessions as cozy and warmhearted as its title promises was not over-thinking the process in advance. Realizing that most of these classic tracks lent themselves perfectly to the “unplugged” setting, he trusted Lehning and the Nashville “cats” (Bryan Sutton on acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, gut string guitar and dobro, John Willis on electric, acoustic and gut string guitar and dobro, Viktor Krauss on upright bass and Steve Brewster on drums and percussion) to just trust their instincts and do their thing. While bringing a fresh emotional urgency to each song, Thomas mostly kept the arrangements in line with the original, only varying the melody slightly on a select few—including “I Just Can’t Help Believing,” “Don’t Worry Baby” and “Hooked On A Feeling.”

Review: The Living Room Sessions – B.J. Thomas

Review: The Living Room Sessions – B.J. Thomas

by Roger Wink

The musical landscape of the last decade is littered with albums by veteran artists who have rerecorded their hits in duets. Some have been adequate (Frank Sinatra, Lionel Richie) and some great (Tony Bennett). Add B.J. Thomas to the great end of the spectrum.

Thomas has rerecorded many of his hits in the past for different labels, but never like this. These are stripped down versions of his hits. No big orchestras, no fancy production, just a small group of backing musicians keeping the feel of the songs but letting the vocals pour through.

And what vocals they are. Thomas, at 70, sounds as good today as he did during his peak period of the 60′s and early-70′s. Listen to his version of I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, here in a duet with Isaac Slade of the Fray. Those final notes are as crystal clear and strong as they were on the original recording from 1966.

The majority of Thomas’ hits are here (although I would like to have seen Mighty Clouds of Joy) and he takes four of them on by himself, a rarity for this type of album. Included are two of my favorites, Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love, a number 1 country hit that deserved to do better on the pop charts, and the Burt Bacharach/Hal David song Everybody’s Out of Town. On the original 1970 recording, a rather campy trumpet part was interspersed throughout the record. Here, that part remains but, in a stroke of genius, is replaced with bottleneck guitar.

Thomas’ duet partners are all well chosen from relative unknowns like his Wrinkled Records label mate Etta Britt on the 1983 country chart topper New Looks From an Old Lover and actress/singer Sara Niemietz on Hooked on a Feeling to veterans Vince Gill on I Just Can’t Help Believing and Richard Marx on (Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.

The real joy, though, are the glorious songs and Thomas’ still pristine voice which includes just a small added touch of maturity and knowledge that can only come through many years of living and working in the music industry. This is a real gem.

REMINDER: You have two chances to hear BJ Thomas on the radio this week.

BJ will be the guest host on WSM-AM this Thursday, February 28 from 2-3pm CST. If you are in Nashville, you can listen on 650 AM or you can stream in live and hear it worldwide and click on LISTEN LIVE: http://www.wsmonline.com/ . BJ will be playing up to six songs from his new CD and sharing personal favorites from all genres of music. Should be fun!

On Friday morning March 1, BJ will join Bill Cody on WSM-AM from 8am-9:30am CST. Again, listen at 650 AM or click on LISTEN LIVE: http://www.wsmonline.com/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 10, 2013 B.J. THOMAS RE-­‐IMAGINES HIS GREATEST HITS WITH SPECIAL GUESTS VINCE GILL, LYLE LOVETT, KEB’ MO’, ISAAC SLADE OF THE FRAY, RICHARD MARX, STEVE TYRELL AND MORE FOR THE RELEASE OF “THE LIVING ROOM SESSIONS” THIS SPRING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2013
B.J. THOMAS RE-­‐IMAGINES HIS GREATEST HITS WITH SPECIAL GUESTS VINCE GILL, LYLE LOVETT, KEB’ MO’, ISAAC SLADE OF THE FRAY, RICHARD MARX, STEVE TYRELL AND MORE FOR THE RELEASE OF “THE LIVING ROOM SESSIONS” THIS SPRING

Nashville, TN—B.J. Thomas, a true American institution whose iconic pop, country and gospel hits defined their respective generations and now transcend them, has found a unique way to celebrate an incredible half a century in music and some 47 years since his first gold selling hit on Scepter Records: an album of stripped down, intimate acoustic re-­‐imaginings of 12 of his most renowned songs. With special guest artists Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, Keb’ Mo’, Isaac Slade of The Fray, Richard Marx, Steve Tyrell, and more, joining him on his most memorable songs, Thomas releases “The Living Room Sessions” this Spring on Wrinkled Records.
The singer, a five-­‐time Grammy and two-­‐time Dove Award winner who has sold more than 70 million records and is ranked in Billboard’s Top 50 most played artists over the past 50 years, invites longtime fans and newcomers alike into his “living room” for never-­‐heard-­‐before arrangements of his legendary classics. The Living Room Sessions also includes four solo performances by Thomas: the opening track “Don’t Worry Baby” (a Beach Boys classic first covered by the singer in 1977), “Eyes of a New York Woman” (1968), “Whatever Happened To Old Fashioned Love” (a #1 country hit in 1983) and “Everybody’s Out of Town” (1970).
Says Sandy Knox, President/Owner of Wrinkled Records, Inc., “I don’t know if we can put into words how thrilled we are here at Wrinkled Records, to have the opportunity to work with such a musical icon like B.J. Thomas. All of the hit songs he has recorded are like grand pieces of musical history.” She adds, “It has been exciting for all of those who have been involved in this project, because B.J. has never done this type of album before in his legendary career.”
Working with famed veteran country music producer Kyle Lehning (Randy Travis, Dan Seals Willie Nelson) at Sound Stage Studio in Nashville, and backed by some of Music City’s finest sessions musicians, Thomas recorded many of these as duets from his “wish list” of guest artists from different genres including pop great Richard Marx (“(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song”), country legend Vince Gill (“I Just Can’t Help Believing”), bluesman Keb’ Mo’ (“Most of All”), Lyle Lovett (“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head”), rocker Isaac

Slade, lead singer of The Fray (“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”) and producer/songwriter/ contemporary standards singer Steve Tyrell (“Rock and Roll Lullaby”).
Says Thomas, “In the studio, everything was real simple and organic, and we didn’t labor on anything too long to get things right. Mostly, it was a lot of fun. There were some great, surprising moments as well, particularly the performance from Isaac Slade and the dynamic vocals by Keb’ Mo’. He is so much more than a blues musician. He originally wanted to do ‘Hooked On A Feeling,’ but I wanted to save that for Sara Niemietz, so we recorded ‘Most of All.’ He came in not knowing the song at all, but he sat down, learned it, internalized it and put in the work it took to make it magical.”
Thomas also vibes on The Living Room Sessions with label mate and renowned Nashville touring and session singer) Etta Britt (“New Looks From An Old Lover”) and 20-­‐year-­‐old Broadway and soundtrack phenom Sara Niemietz, who joins Thomas on “Hooked on a Feeling.” Niemietz first sang this classic—a Top Ten pop hit from 1968—with Thomas years earlier, when she was invited by the singer, at the age of four, to join him onstage for her first public performance ever.
The track listing for “The Living Room Sessions” is as follows:

1. Don’t Worry Baby
2. I Just Can’t Help Believing (with Vince Gill)
3. Most Of All (with Keb’ Mo’)
4. Eyes of a New York Woman
5. (Hey Won’t You Play)Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song (with Richard Marx)
6. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (with Isaac Slade)
7. Rock and Roll Lullaby (with Steve Tyrell)
8. New Looks From an Old Lover (with Etta Britt)
9. Old Fashioned Love
10.Hooked On A Feeling (with Sara Niemietz)
11.Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (with Lyle Lovett)
12.Everybody’s Out of Town

Adds Thomas, “The biggest blessing for me is that I never get tired of the songs I have had the privilege to share with the world. I still feel an emotional connection to them, and as they bring back great memories for me, they affect me the same way they might touch a longtime fan of my music. I never planned any of this out, so to be able to express myself in music and have that as a vehicle for my life for as long as I have is something I am always grateful for. There are so many thrills, satisfactions and great adventures I’ve had being involved in this for so many years, and I’m excited to have the opportunity with The Living Room Sessions to present some of my favorite songs in a different setting that feels just like home.”
Thomas’ Oscar winning “Raindrops” in “Spider-­‐Man 2” in 2004, underscored the singer’s continued place as an identifiable cultural touchstone. In recent years—as he continues to perform 60-­‐80 shows annually throughout the U.S. and internationally-­‐-­‐everywhere from Australia and Hong Kong (last year) to Paris (this coming March 2013), with plans to tour this year with the release of “The Living Room Sessions” in the Spring.
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