1966 (age 52)
Saarbrücken, Saarland, Germany
Many may have seen him, but even more will have heard him. The sympathetic German is a sought after cat in the German and international music scene for quite some years. 1997 he was awarded "best german Rock-Pop guitarist, in 2004, the 50th birthday of the Stratocaster, as the final winner of an europewide competition he was called "Stratking of Europe". He is resposible for some jingles (f.e. the top german sports show "Das Aktuelle Sportstudio" (ZDF), film- and serial-stoundtracks (see "Die Oase" (The oasis), a big city eco-thriller, "Hart an der Grenze" (On the edge), both by SR/ARD). He as well played with international greats like Percy Sledge, Bobby Kimball or Hazel O' Connor, German acts like Purple Schulz, actor/singer Uwe Ochsenknecht, the Rainbirds, Bastiaan Ragas, Pop newcomers like No Angels, Planet Claire or Germany's No.1 female rappers Tic, Tac, Toe. On their sucessful tours Thomas had the possibility to play his guitar to a younger but surprisingly enthusiastic audience.
His CDs "The Beauty of Simplicity", "Electric Gallery", and his actual masterpiece "21st century guitar" - poppy catchy melodies meet here the typical rounchy, bluesy rocking sound of Thomas's Stratocaster. His live DVD "Thomas Blug band live in Holland" he introduces the Thomas Blug band with some of europe´s finest instrumentalists: Thijs van Leer (B3 Organ and flute), Raoul Walton (bass), Wolf Simon (drums). Sounddesign is another working field of Thomas that brought him around internationally. Since the late 80's he is working as sound designer and worldwide performer on music fairs from Frankfurt to L.A. and inbetween for the amp company Hughes & Kettner (Demo CD: "Triamped", H&K 1995). Besides that he has out two also instrumental pro-user-only CDs named "Living Guitars" (1996) and "white strat magic" on Selected Sound and a German vocal rocktrio cd called Dreist. Powerful melodic instrumental rock with typical strat sound, sometimes heavier and bluesy sometimes more into pop, with catchy melodies…
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