Leah Brzezinski, contributor
This former children’s choirboy discovered his love for songwriting, guitar and harmonica in 2004 and hasn’t looked back. Thomason hails from the Central Valley, but his first 8-song solo effort has the soul of a seasoned traveler, furtively weaving threads of blues, folk, Americana, and soul into a terrific thigh-slapping road trip soundtrack.
Rambling tunes like “Greeley’s Hell” and “Nighttrain” anchor the slower, bluesy ballads like “Catch the Shift” and “The Doldrums” — with tinges of rowdy darkness and heartbreaking tenderness, the balance is ideal. Cole’s brassy tenor vocals remind me of Axl Rose (in a good way) and the likes of Townes Van Zandt and Willie Nelson.
There’s just something about a good harmonica solo that makes a foot itch for a gas pedal.
Rating: 10 out of 12 cans of PBR