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 69)
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

Thomas Charles "Thom" Bresh (born February 23, 1948 in Southern California, United States)[2] is a country music guitar virtuoso and singer. He is the biological son of Merle Travis.[3] From age 3 to age 17, he worked as an actor and stuntman at Corriganville.[4]

Fingerpicking 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, which he calls "my band." He has performed alongside performers ranging from Bob Hope to Chet Atkins to Gordon Lightfoot.[citation needed]

Bresh hosted a weekly television variety show of his own creation, Nashville Swing, was 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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