Artist Feature – Thomas Oliver

 

DSCN9283-001Tybee Island singer-songwriter Thomas Oliver’s music is straight from the rich heritage of Southern music: the roots of Americana and real country.

Thomas moves easily from country love ballads to the blues of Ameriana, to  country folk songs about Waffle House waitresses and getting older in an ever-younger society.

The son of a Sunday School teacher, Thomas once considered the ministry but opted instead for a career in journalism, which he spent mostly at Atlanta’s largest newspaper.  Still his religious upbringing reveals itself in several songs he calls his spiritual blues, where he confronts the mystery of the misery suffered by both the just and the unjust.

Since moving from Atlanta four years ago, Thomas has played most of the music venues on Tybee, from Bernie’s Oyster House and the Rock House to Doc’s Bar, Huc-a-poos and North Beach Grill, as well as Wild Wing’s at City Market and Uncle Bubba’s on Wilmington Island.

Five songs from his two CDs were selected as Best of Country by Georgia Music Association.  Songs from his “Finally Over Losing My Mind”  and  “The Life You Save Might be Your Own” CDs are available on iTunes and most other Internet music sites and stream on everything from Spotify to Rhapsody.

His song “Ballad of Tybee Island” is a favorite among the locals.

 

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