Andrew Thomson; Music & Comedy since 1969

You are here! The official website for Andrew Thomson, singer songwriter, humorist, activist, filmmaker etc. Beware of imitators! This is the real original Andrew Thomson, (aka Andrew Jon Thomson, AJT, AJTProP, Hello Andrew, Dr. Fun, the Professor, etc) leader of the All Star Superband, Cofounder with Mr. Show costar John B. Ennis (aka Arthur Tweedie; water critic, Artie the Logger from Malcolm in the Middle & a certain mutton-chopped "not too sweet" steampunk hard cider spokesman) of the Saddle Pals of the Western Frontier, founder & frontman of "23" (the original early 1990's band "23"), whose members next became the best known version of CAKE, as well as founder of the Freedom Cinema & Media Arts Festival

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Hello to you too!
I am singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, filmmaker, writer, humorist and activist Andrew Jon Thomson.

I am currently producing my first studio solo album project, a mammoth multi album series covering the best of 20 years as a performing songwriter. The musicians performing with me in this project are one of the greatest recording ensembles ever assembled, including some of the world's top living players, all well known and acclaimed artists in their own right, and the creators of some of the best loved recordings in history.

I am honored to have the following incredible musicians playing on this album series from around the world, mostly connecting musically through the internet, all joining in my
International All Star Superband:

Horns and winds arranged and performed by

The Memphis Horns'  Wayne Jackson, with Jack Hale Sr. and Thomas McGinley, - Nashville, TN (Stax records horn section, The Mar-keys, Sam and Dave, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, King Curtis, Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers, Isaac Hayes, The Doobie Brothers, U2, Robert Cray, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, B. B. King, Al Green, Elvis Presley, Neil Young)  
With much love and thanks for all the music to the great Memphis Horns' Andrew Love who's untimely retirement predated this project.

On lead Saxophone:
Charlie Chalmers - Memphis/Branson (Stax, Hi Records, Atlantic performer and arranger, singer and songwriter, known for lead sax on Mustang Sally, Land of 1000 dances etc. Worked extensively with Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes, Al Green, Willie Mitchell, and just about all the great Memphis Soul stars)
On Grand Piano and Rhodes Electric Piano:

Mike Garson - Southern California (David Bowie {Since 1972}, Smashing Pumpkins, No Doubt, Stan Getz, Nine Inch Nails, Seal, Stanley Clark, Stevie Wonder, Polyphonic Spree)

On Hammond Organs:

Clayton Ivey -  Muscle Shoals house organist playing the original Muscle Shaols M3 organ as heard on songs such as "If lovin' you is wrong I don't want to be right" and "That old time rock and roll" in it's last recordings before being donated to the musician's hall of fame.

Tommy Mars - Frank Zappa Band

Wayne Cook - Steppenwolf, Alice Cooper, Player

Arthur Barrow - Frank Zappa Band, The Doors, known as the Clonemeister for his role as Frank Zappa's musical director and bass player.

On Drums:

Walfredo "Wally" Reyes Jr. - Los Angeles, CA (Santana, Traffic, David Lindley Y El Rayo X, Smokey Robinson, Jackson Browne, Mickey Hart)
Paul Robinson - London, UK (Paul McCartney, Nina Simone {20 years}, Van Morrison, The Buggles {Video Killed the Radio Star}))
Charlie Morgan - Nashville, TN (Originally UK) (Elton John, Kate Bush, Orleans)
Anton Fig - New York, NY (David Letterman show band/CBS orchestra/World's Most Dangerous Band house drummer for 19 years, also with Booker T and the MG's, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Warren Zevon, Frank Black, Joe Cocker, Kiss, Joan Armatrading, Cyndi Lauper)
Victor Indrizzo - Los Angeles, CA (Macy Gray, Daniel Lanois, Beck, Gwen Stephani, Willie Nelson, Michael Penn, Liz Phair, Avril Levigne, Depeche Mode, Dixie Chicks, Alanis Morissette)
Sammy Merendino - New York, NY (Cyndi Lauper, Cameo, Billy Joel, The Beach Boys, Ziggy Marley, Darden Smith, Pat Metheny)
Pat Mastelotto - Austin, TX (King Crimson, XTC, The Rembrandts, Mr. Mister)

On Bass:

Chuck Rainey - Dallas, TX (The most recorded and most influential bass player in history; Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, The Rascals, Louis Armstrong, Roberta Flack, Quincy Jones, The Jackson 5)
Graham Maby - New York, NY (Joe Jackson band, They Might Be Giants, Natalie Merchant, Darden Smith, Joan Baez)
Fima Ephron - (Gil Scott Heron, Yerba Buena, MeShell Ndegeocello, Walter Becker, Medeski, Screaming Headless Torsos)
Arthur Barrow - Frank Zappa Band, The Doors

On Guitar:

Andrew Jon Thomson - Remote rural Northern California, 20 miles from the nearest small town (23, Saddle Pals of the Western Frontier, Freedom Farmers, Suite Sweet Bulbs: That's me, honored to play with these music giants!)
Paul Robinson - San Francisco/Marin, California (Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Hot Club of San Francisco, Al Stewart)
Dweezil Zappa - Los Angeles, CA (Solo artist, Zappa plays Zappa, Z, The Vandals, Lisa Loeb, Ozzy Osbourne, Weird Al Yankovic, Spinal Tap)
David "Fuze" Fiuczynski - Worthington, MA (Yerba Buena, MeShell Ndegeocello, Medeski, Screaming Headless Torsos)
David Gilmore - (Wayne Shorter, Joss Stone, MeShell Ndegeocello, Don Byron)
Marc Muller - New Jersey (Shania Twain, Dr. John, Branford Marsalis, Blood Sweat and Tears)
David West - Santa Barbara, CA (The Cache Valley Drifters, Kate Wolf, Pickin' On ...)

On slide guitars, dobros, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, assorted stringed instruments:

Richard Nelson - Dublin, Ireland, UK (Van Morrison, Daniel O'Donnell, Mary Duff)
David West - Santa Barbara, CA ( The Cache Valley Drifters - founder, the late Kate Wolf's guitar and string player, Primary player/producer/arranger: "Pickin' On..." bluegrass cover album series famously covering hundreds of favorite rock and roll songs as bluegrass)

On percussion:

Tom Roady - Nashville, TN (Muscle Shoals, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, Ricky Skaggs, Paul Simon, Dr. Hook, Bob Seger, Bela Fleck and Newgrass Revival, Joan Baez, Donovan, The Dixie Chicks, every top country act working!)
Pete Lockett - London, England, UK (Peter Gabriel, Afro-Celt Sound System, Bjork - Dancer in the Dark, Sinead O'Connor, Texas, Womad)
Walfredo "Wally" Reyes Jr. - Los Angeles, CA (Santana, Traffic, Steve Winwood, Jackson Browne)

I am producing and arranging the album series, along with longtime friend and collaborator, Bay Area harmonica player and multiple music venue manager Ian Berzon, the "human encyclopedia of music", and some of the most talented and successful multi-grammy-and-platinum-album producing producers, mixers, mastering engineers, and all the rest, including , Paul Robinson (USA) Bob "Bassy B" Brockman, and Bruce Sugar and Arthur Barrow.

Look for more news and updates to this spectacular lineup of musicians in my international super band coming soon here!

In the meantime, please enjoy this unedited video of a 20 minute super funk jam on the song Pantegruelion with Andrew, Destani Wolf and friends (most of the members of Agua Libre) plus Ian Berzon on harp and Tom Roady on percussion


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