Yes. Fred Thomas is THAT bass player. The one who plays on the classic James Brown cuts you know and love. Those moments where James yells ”Fred!" and then a super funky bass dominates the recording? THAT’s Fred Thomas! And he is back after his triumphant performance back in June. Check out his lineup:
Fred Thomas, bass and vocals
Gabriel Caplan, guitar
Caito Sanchez, drums
Jimmy Hill, keys and vocals
Geoff Burke, sax
Tyrone Cox, trumpet and vocals
Brooklyn based Fred Thomas occupies a very special niche in the history R&B. As James Brown’s principal bassist since 1971, he participated in one the most prolific periods in the Godfather of Soul’s incredible career as a member of Brown’sband, the J.B.'s.
Fred can be heard on hits such as: “Hot Pants”, “Papa Don’t Take No Mess,” “Make it Funky,” "Get on the Good Foot," "Doing it to Death," "I'm a Greedy Man," "I Got Ants in My Pants," "There it Is," "Stoned to the Bone," and instrumental classics like “Pass the Peas” and “Gimme Some More.”
He's on the seminal "Live at the Apollo Vol. 3 Revolution of the Mind" and can be seen in "Soul Power" (2008) documentary of James Brown's 1974 concert in Zaire, and in the many James Brown "Soul Train" appearances.
In his own band, Fred Thomas is front and center singing, playing bass and tearing into a mix of blues and soul classics and #thejbs hits he recorded on. An album of original material is on the way, so stay tuned!
Brooklyn stalwart, Jimmy James Hill, keys and vocals, will be Fred’s special guest, and has played with everyone from Wilson Pickett, #TheIntruders, #Shirelles, Marvelettes and most recently with Black Velvet–nom de funk for #CharlesBradley–as leader of the Allstarz Revue. He is also a session musician for #DaptoneRecords.