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, has sold more than 70 million records and is ranked in Billboard’s Top 50 most played artists over the past 50 years. B.J.’s music will come alive as he will be joined at the Carson Center by 25 members of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. It will be a night a wonderful music and memories with an American music icon.
B.J. Thomas is particularly known for his hit songs of the 1960s and 1970s, which appeared on the pop, country, and Christian music charts. His best-known recording is the Burt Bacharach/Hal David song “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”. His first hit came in 1966 with his cover of the Hank Williams’ song “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” which sold over one million records. His next million record selling song came in 1968 with “Hooked on a Feeling.” Other hits of the 1970s were “Everybody’s Out of Town”, “I Just Can’t Help Believing”, “No Love at All”, “Mighty Clouds of Joy”, and “Rock and Roll Lullaby”. In 1975, Thomas released the album Reunion and it contained “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” (the longest titled No. 1 hit ever on the Hot 100).
Thomas 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”).