Thom Bresh

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Thom Bresh
Birth name Thomas Charles Bresh[1]
Also known as Tom Bresh
Born (1948-02-23) February 23, 1948 (age 67)
Origin Hollywood, California
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1976–present
Labels Kapp, ABC
Associated acts Merle Travis Buster B. Jones
Website Official website

Thom Bresh (born February 23, 1948 in Southern California, USA)[2] is a country music singer. He is the biological son of Merle Travis.[3]

Bresh did not begin his music career until his adult years. From age 3 to age 17, he worked as an actor and stuntman at Corriganville, where such programs as The Lone Ranger and the Billy the Kidd trilogy were filmed.[4] He later gained stage experience singing, doing impressions and playing guitar in a country-pop lounge band led by Hank Penny, an old friend of Travis's.

Finger-picking in the style made famous by Travis, he brings the Travis legacy to new audiences. Bresh is a singer, songwriter, impressionist, and instrumentalist, whose instrument of choice is his custom-made two-sided Langejans SuperDualette (see photo at right), which he calls "my band." He has performed alongside performers ranging from Bob Hope to Chet Atkins to Gordon Lightfoot.

Bresh hosted a weekly television variety show of his own creation, Nashville Swing, has been a regular on the Merv Griffin Show and Dinah, and made a guest appearance on the TNN special A Salute to the Country Greats. As a producer, he has been employed by Country legend Jerry Reed, Classical guitarist Valerie DuChateau, and Merle Travis. As a videographer, Bresh has shot, produced, and edited projects for Hank Thompson, Lyle Lovett, Brooks & Dunn, George Jones, Tanya Tucker and Jerry Reed.[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Grammy Award nomination: Merle Travis album Travis Pickin' (producer)
  • Academy Award nomination: Over You (theme song from movie Tender Mercies)
  • Wine Lord title bestowed by World Wine Council, Bordeaux, France
  • Wine Lord title bestowed by World Wine Council, Patrimonio, Corsica
  • National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame inductee - 2001



Year Album US Country Label
1976 Homemade Love 30 Farr
1977 Kicked Back ABC
1978 Portrait


Year Single US Country Album
1976 "Homemade Love" 6 Homemade Love
"Sad Country Love Song" 17
"Hey Daisy (Where Have All the Good Times Gone)" 33
1977 "Until I Met You" 57 Kicked Back
"That Old Cold Shoulder" 48
1978 "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" 78 Portrait
"Ways of a Woman in Love" 74
"First Encounter of a Close Kind" 84 singles only
1982 "When It Comes to Love" (with Lane Brody) 77
1983 "I'd Love You to Want Me"
"Somebody Like You"


  • When America Was Rocked (September 9, 1956) (2006) - composed the musical score [1][2]
  • Buster B. Jones in Concert (2000)[3]
  • Thom Bresh in Concert (1998)[4]
  • The Real Merle Travis Guitar: Like Father, Like Son (1994)[5]
  • Great Guitar Lessons: Blues and Country Fingerpicking[6]
  • Merle Travis: Rare Performances 1946-1981 - 2 duets with Thom Bresh from 1981 [7]
  • Killing of Uncle Billy Tilman
  • Killing of Ed Masterson
  • Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

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