Chocolate Thunder & Family Room Family Present:
My Family Values Fundraiser with Jamie Lee Thurston and The Starline Rhythm Boys
Friday, March 25, 2016
18+ $22 ADV // $25 DOS // 21+ $22 ADV // $25 DOS
Jamie Lee Thurston
A now rare breed of modern entertainer who writes, sings, produces and plays lead guitar, Jamie Lee doesn’t just perform music; he literally lives every word, note and riff. Sometimes mellow, often rollicking and always raw and real, he has been enthralling audiences around the world ever since he took the stage with his Dad at the age of 3.
“My music is what I am, what I want and all I can ever imagine – coming together in a studio or on a stage,” says Jamie Lee. “Fortunately for me, there’s an audience out there that has taken the ride all these years. It’s a lucky man who gets to live in pursuit of his dreams every day of his life.”
FROM THE EARLY DAYS…
Born the youngest of three and raised in New England, Jamie Lee comes by his talent honestly. A third generation musician, Jamie Lee’s father was a renowned bandleader fronting a variety of musical groups in Vermont. His grandfather and various uncles played fiddle and piano. As a teenager, Jamie Lee worked as a roadie for his Dad’s band and right after high school, he graduated to play guitar.
“As a kid there were always guitars lying around the house,” recalls Jamie Lee. “I used to strap one on, turn the stereo up really loud and just bang on the thing. My Dad’s guitar players spent some time showing me chords and riffs and I just kind of moved on from there.”
Years of playing in bars and clubs across the Northeast and Canada soon drew the attention of a wider audience. Opening for superstar country acts such as the Dixie Chicks, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Billy Currington, Travis Tritt and Charlie Daniels, Jamie Lee was bitten by the Nashville bug. For a while, he wore out the highway between Nashville and northern New England, yet it wasn’t long before Music City became home for good.
…TO MUSIC CITY…
His validation was instantaneous. A 2003 collaboration with producer Gregg Brown led to a record deal with Warner Brothers, followed by another project with the legendary writer and producer Chuck Howard.
“The man’s got an ear for melody and has lived the kind of life that makes his lyrics real,” says Stewart Harris, who has written nine #1 hits including “No One Else on Earth” and “I’m Going To Be Somebody”. Harris is among a cadre of accomplished Nashville writers who have partnered with Jamie Lee through the past decade.
A publishing deal with EMI led to songs being recorded by the likes of Trace Adkins and Montgomery Gentry. In 2009 Jamie Lee scored his first major national airplay when Rodney Atkins covered “15 Minutes,” an instant hit that Jamie Lee penned with his prolific writing partner, Tony Mullins.
“It’s a song that shows the same kind of thoughtful, clever hook that artists have built careers around,” wrote one prominent Nashville critic. “It’s got a ton of heart,” wrote another.
…TO THE SILVER SCREEN AND BEYOND
The same can be said, after all these years, about the song’s co-writer. The earnestness of his interactions – with fans, friends, family and colleagues – have earned Jamie Lee enormous respect inside and outside the music industry.
“You meet Jamie Lee and it doesn’t take 15 minutes, hell it doesn’t take 15 seconds, to know he’s the real deal as a human being,” said screenwriter and producer Tim Rhys, who recently announced he has optioned Jamie Lee’s life story for a Hollywood film. “The fact that he has all this talent on top of all that heart is truly special.”
It’s a sentiment that echoes far and wide.
“I’ve been in this town and seen them all come through here at one point or another,” said Nashville producer Paul Scholten, owner of County Q studio. “You name it, they’ve been here…Tim McGraw, Randy Travis, Kenny Chesney, etc.. Jamie Lee Thurston has as much talent – and heart – as any of ’em. I’m proud to call him my friend.”
That last compliment, in the end, means more to Jamie Lee Thurston than any musical accolade ever could. Now in his third decade as a solo performer with seven albums to his credit (including the last two, I Just Want to Do My Thing and Where’s An Outlaw) he’ll never stop channeling his inner outlaw musical spirits and bringing his show on the road – where there are fans, and friends, waiting at every turn.
“Johnny Cash has a quote that I like to live by,” says Jamie Lee, “It goes something like this…,” “The Master of Life has been good to me. He has given me strength to face past illnesses, and victory in the face of defeat. He has given me life and joy where other saw oblivion. He has given new purpose to live for, new services to render and old wounds to heal.
“Life and love go on, let the music play.”
Starline Rhythm Boys
Formed in 1998 (now celebrating 18 years together!) by 3 professional musicians with a combined experience of over 100 years in various bands (including Danny Coane with The Throbulators, Al Lemery with Badge and Billy Bratcher’s big-time one year stint in 1997 with Wayne “The Train” Hancock), The Starline Rhythm Boys are a full time, actively booked drummer-less “Tennessee Trio”, consisting of Danny Coane (“Little Danny C”) on acoustic rhythm guitar, “Big” Al Lemery on electric lead guitar and Billy (“Slappin’ Billy B”) Bratcher on acoustic upright “slap” bass, in the style of Elvis’, Cash’s and Perkins’ early bands. The Boys perform vintage country, honky-tonk and rockabilly music along with very tight and powerful country harmony duet vocals. Their repertoire consists of many superb originals, mainly written by Bratcher, as well as great covers of both classic and obscure numbers. The Starline Rhythm Boys are a unique original band with outstanding, real-deal sound, style, energy, stage presence and appearance. They have appeared at almost every type of venue, as well as on radio and TV. They are both a listening and highly danceable group and appeal to a very wide age range. The Starline Rhythm Boys are artists signed to Cow Island Music, a small, independent “Americana” label, as well as Coles Meadow Music Publishing, based in Northampton, MA. They have released seven recordings, three of which won “#1 Album of the Year” (2002, 2007 and 2009 respectively) on the Freeform American Roots (FAR) chart based in Austin, TX. The Starline Rhythm Boys have been labeled “Vermont’s House Band” by Vermont Magazine and won Seven Days newspaper’s 2015 “Daysie” award as “Best Americana Artist/Group”. They were also nominated, along with 4 other groups from Texas, Colorado, Nashville & Sweden, in the “Best Honky Tonk Group” category for the 2016 Ameripolitan Music Awards, Austin, TX. The Starline Rhythm Boys are one of the State’s most popular and hardest working group at over 150 gigs a year just in the State. Original, unique and “real-deal”, The Boys say, “Accept No Imitations”!