Don started performing publicly in early 2001 with the trio of Emerson, Smith & Phelps right here at Sacred Grounds. In late 2004, he also began playing solo at coffee houses across the Triangle and has appeared at a number of venues in Raleigh, Durham, Apex and Clayton. He draws his material from old public domain tunes, from traditional American artists such as The Carter Family and Woody Guthrie, and from more recent folk singer-songwriters such as Tom Paxton and Norman Blake. An evening with Don is a sort of trip through America’s rich folk/traditional music history.Eric Thomas has been playing guitar since 1965. He began by playing the Rock ’n Roll, Rhythm ’n Blues, and “Beach Music” tunes that were popular in the mid and late ’60’s. Over the years he has played a wide range of material in a number of different bands. He has played in venues ranging from coffeehouses to private parties and from Rock ’n Roll clubs to country clubs. These experiences have enabled him to incorporate the blues, traditional acoustic, and country tunes into his musical inventory.
That’s right! After an absence of nearly 18 months, Eric Thomas and I will be back in concert together. We’ll be presenting a show consisting of rock&roll, rhythm&blues, country&western, and a few of our original tunes.ï¿½ (In other words, it’ll be a VERY different show than what you normally see Eric do along with his wife Helen Wolfson or me as a solo act. In fact, 5-6 of the songs we’re working on will be brand new to our act … we’ve NEVER presented them before.