Jamie Lee Thurston is a Vermonter that transplanted to Nashville 20 years ago, but says “I think the only place I belong is on the road.”
The singer songwriter has written almost everything he’s recorded, and while he isn’t opposed to outside songs, it just “seems to have worked out that way.” He does tell us he has two outside songs on his upcoming project.
The guitar playing artist is also a producer. Thurston tells CountryCommon that started when his producer at the time, Chuck Howard (LeAnn Rimes, Hank Jr.,Trick Pony), told him he should co-produce. “He taught me so much, and allowed me to do just about anything I wanted to on that record. He was one hell of a guy, and I’ll be forever grateful to him for the opportunity he gave me.”
Giving his dad props for getting him into country music, the artist shares, “My dad was a musician and always had his own band so I come by it naturally. He had me up and singing when I was 3 years. old. From as far back as I can remember, I’ve never wanted to do anything else.”
“He had a wide array of musical tastes and I grew up around that, listening to everything from Jerry Reed, Buck Owens, and Johnny Cash, to the Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, Van Halen… the list goes on.”
When we asked what song he wished he had written, he explained, “I don’t know if I can narrow it down to one song. I love ‘Jailhouse Rock.’ The groove, Elvis’ vocal performance, and uniqueness of the lyric makes it one of my favorites. I’m a huge Haggard fan, as well as Hank Jr., Skynyrd, AC/DC, ZZ Top, and Bad Company.”
Thurston told us about one of the highlights of his career, “I played a show for the Children’s Miracle Network some years back, and ended up meeting two of the sweetest girls, Melissa and April. We ended up becoming great friends. As our friendship grew, I learned that they were there because they had Cystic Fibrosis. It’s amazing how young people with life threatening illnesses such as this are so incredibly insightful and wise. Unfortunately, April passed away a few years later, and Melissa died from complications after a lung transplant. I still get sad when I think of them passing away so young, but I consider myself blessed to have been in the presence of what I considered to be ‘Earth Angels’.”
As far as dream gigs go, the artist would like to take the stage on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show one day.
The pre-show ritual for the singer is “to get the band and crew in a circle, and do a toast thanking them for all of their hard work and support….with Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila!”
Thurston shares that he’s had it pretty good, “I’ve had a record produced by Greg Brown (Travis Tritt, Waylon Jennings), been signed to Warner Bros., and been offered deals by many other labels, as well as had independent deals with up-and-coming labels.”