About Jamie Lee Thurston
Jamie Lee Thurston has an axe to grind.
Music is not a hobby to Thurston. It’s the only thing. The act of performing music is how he enters and relates to the world. And when you watch him live, it’s as if you’re witnessing a red giant of a star form before you, drawing in all of the stardust and matter of the immediate universe to power its very being…even if only for a fraction of time.
Most musicians are great at one, maybe two parts of the musical quagmire, leaning in to those roles so far that the band and the creators and the pizazz surrounding them carry the rest. It is an admirable and well-orchestrated feat, to be sure, and one that’s been perfected for many decades of recorded music and live performance history. Music enthusiasts everywhere applaud their accomplishments, and love them all the same.
Thurston stands out as one of those rare performers that has achieved the next-to impossible: The Quadfecta.
He has perfected the multi-faceted roles of an entertainer, a vocalist, an instrumentalist, and a producer – an accomplishment unknown to most. And while he’s great at all four aspects at any given time, to see him achieve them all at once, live from the stage, is a truly monumental experience.
It stands to reason that all music is good music as long as it finds its way to the one person who enjoys it. And in Thurston’s set, there is truly something for everyone. His performance satisfies even the most varied tastes, covering classic and story-based country, and his exceptional abilities on guitar takes audiences where they least expect to go – on a ride with AD/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, The Doors, Jerry Reed, and Deep Purple, to name a few.
Nine studio albums later, Thurston’s story is a parable of endurance and a triumph over mediocrity. His career started with a white-hot flash bang, and continues to steadily burn, taking him and his fans on a long-haul journey.
His dedication to his craft and his love of entertaining surprises the newest of fans, and continues to thrill those who’ve carried him the whole ride. But, as with every other star-crossed story, it did not happen overnight.
In fact, he’s spent more of his life performing on stage than not, a fact that most people don’t know
Thurston grew up with a milk bottle in one hand and a microphone in the other, “accompanying” his father’s band during rehearsals, and eventually at gigs. He made his first live performance at just three years old.
Anyone can imagine, then, after more than 30 years on the road, that he’s amassed some stories. And boy, has he ever. Fans of Thurston’s, otherwise known as The Thursties, live for the storytime parts of his sets because this is a man that has seen more than most and lived to sing about it.
His talent has taken him through the Nashville music industry and label machine at Warner Brothers, where he turned out singles for Montgomery Gentry, Rodney Atkins and Trace Adkins, including Rodney’s chart-topping fan favorite, “15 Minutes.” And he’s shared stages with country music’s biggest acts, such as the Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller, the Dixie Chicks, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Billy Currington and Charlie Daniels.
He continues to burn up the road, and he’s enjoying his recent entry into Europe and the UK, crossing the pond at every opportunity.
He’ll keep fighting the good fight to play that solid, high-quality country and straight-up rock ‘n’ roll for the people who most want to hear it. And he’ll wield his Les Paul Gold Top as his weapon.
After all this time, he’s just getting started.