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Thom Bresh About the Educator

Thom Bresh is a multi-faceted entertainer. A singer, songwriter, recording artist, impressionist, and instrumentalist with an eventful career stemming from the tender age of three. He is the son of legendary Hall of Fame guitar great "Merle Travis", and can recreate that famous "Travis style" with an incredible Bresh twist.

When touring, Thom travels with some of his array of guitars including his signature handcrafted "Dualette," (the famous two-sided guitar that he refers to as "My Band"), a custom signature Plummer" attached to a synthesizer creating incredible instrument replications, (such as a horn section, piano, and strings), and his "Unity Special" 18 inch archtop, (a state of the art version of Merle Travis' famous Gibson Super 400 Special). You may also catch the Breshman with one of his signature "Bresh Spirits".

Thom and extraordinary guitar pickin' have become one... globally. In New Zealand, Bresh's audiences come to see "The yank with the 2 sided guitar." Thom Bresh is hailed throughout France for his captivating sound and memorable stage presence. He also carries the coveted title of "Wine Lord" by both the World Wine Counsel in Bordeaux, France and Patrimonio, Corsica. In Europe he has performed with entertainment greats like Marcel Dadi, Frances Cabrel and Albert Lee. In his vast career, he has shared audiences with everyone from Bob Hope to Gordon Lightfoot.

He guest starred with Chet Atkins and Steve Wariner on the TNN special "A Salute to the Country Greats." He has hosted his own successful weekly television variety show called "Nashville Swing," and was a regular on Dinah! and the Merv Griffin Show.

Thom Bresh "the Producer" is in demand among the music industry's guitarists. Classical guitarist "Valerie Duchateau" made the long journey from France just to be produced by Bresh. He has also produced country guitar great, Jerry Reed. As a Producer, he received Grammy nominations for the Merle Travis album, "Travis Pickin," his instrumental CD, “Wires to the Wood” and an Academy Award nomination for "Over You," theme song from the movie Tender Mercies, in addition to producing six of his own CDs. His CD "Son of a Guitar Pickin' Man" brought him much acclaim from magazines such as "Guitar Player," to Britain's "Now Dig This." Thom‚s latest CD, "Guts & Steel", is a duet CD with the extraordinary fingerpicker, Buster B. Jones. It was released in Sept. 2001 on Solid Air Records.

Music is not his only love. As a videographer, Bresh has shot, produced and edited projects that include Hank Thompson, Lyle Lovett, Brooks & Dunn, George Jones, Tanya Tucker and a long-form narrative-music-sitcom video starring Jerry Reed called "Another Puff".

He is an accomplished impressionist/comedian with a diverse collection of voices ranging from country greats to various political icons, which he incorporates with ease into his performances leaving audiences rolling in the aisles with laughter. This brilliant comedic timing and unique delivery led to two HBO Specials.

Thom was the 2001 inductee into the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame.

An entertainer surpassed by no other, leaving audiences totally awestruck wherever he performs.
When you see Bresh and his "Band" take the stage you will know why...
"Thom Bresh is a guitarist that deserves to be heard," Chet Atkins, CGP