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The Thomas Brotherz: Bio

Paul 'Thomas' Damico - Alternate tuned Bottle Neck Slide Guitars, Harmonica, Finger style 6 and 12 string Guitars, Banjo, Strum Stick, Mandolin, Bass, and Vocals

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Paul started playing guitar in 1962, awakened by the new sounds coming from AM Border Radio and his record player. He grew up on the streets of Los Angeles, teaching guitar from the age of twelve, and playing for anyone who would listen. Rock & Roll, Funk, Fusion, Hillbilly and Bluegrass, everything he heard influenced his style. Many bands and genres later, he landed in the South where he was inspired by the great musicians he heard and had the honor of playing with. There he honed his skills as a masterful Blues guitarist, banjo, and harp (Mississippi sax) player. He came back to California in the late 90's and shortly thereafter met Michael.

Michael 'Thomas' McFadden - Plectrum and Finger-Style 6-String Guitars, Harmonica, and Vocals

 

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Michael developed a love of music at an early age. Growing up in northern San Diego County Michael began his musical training in 1959 with an 80-year-old classical guitarist. Michael studied guitar and the rudiments of music until his teacher’s death in 1960. Rock 'n' Roll beckoned and that same year Michael performed at his first live club gig playing “Ghost Riders In The Sky” and “Apache.” For the next fifteen years, Michael worked at his craft playing in a slew of Rock and Blues acts both in the USA and abroad. In 1974, Michael stopped performing and spent the next twenty-seven years putting down roots and raising a family, although he never put his guitar away, never stopped wood-shedding and never stopped dreaming. In 2001 Michael met Paul and the rest, as they say, is history. 

David 'Thomas' Linaker, aka "The Dave" - Bass, Backup Vocals, and Techno guy

 

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David “Thomas” Linaker (the tall mysterious looking one) was born in 1983 in Hunting Beach, California. In 1988, he moved to the country town of Valley Center where he lived until 2010 when he moved into PaNic Blues recording studio, home of his sister and brother-in-law in Escondido (yeah, that’s right: his sister is Paul Damico’s lovely bride, Nicole, so we kinda had to keep him). While largely self-taught, Dave learned much of what he knows on the bass from the Thomas Brotherz’  original members, Michael and Paul. Besides his bass chops, the Thomas Brotherz rely heavily on Dave’s ears for production and engineering in the studio. And if he screws up, we know where he sleeps.