Thad's songwriter sets feature his original songs as he accompanies himself on a variety of string instruments. His music echoes influences from folk, country blues, Tin Pan Alley, Appalachian mountain music, and traditional.
Thad's songwriting is eclectic, driven by his diverse range of interests and experiences.
"Burnin’ Idaho Down" is a HOT! singer-songwriter program of original songs inspired by the influence of the moon, the forces of wind and nature, the power of love and fire, fishing and being kicked and kickin’ back. “Hitch Up That Ole Mule” and come listen to Thad.
"Thunder on the Mountain" features thought-provoking and sometimes controversial topics ranging from poaching to pollution, apples to aphids, falling logs to huntin’ dogs. Original songs about social and environmental issues, history and heritage from the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains and beyond. Sure to strike up a conversation! "Pull the Books from the Shelf", "Three Men on the Mountain, 1864", "The Cowee Tunnel Disaster", "Paper Town" are just a few of the songs in the program.
The Songsmith in Concert features original ballads preserving the rich heritage of coastal, mountain, and plains regions for generations to come. Thad's songs and stories honor real people, real jobs, recent and historical events, legends and folklore. You may hear about Mrs. Corinthian Nutter, a civil rights legend in “Wade in the Water” or about how the building of the “Nantahala Dam” displaced people, both alive and dead. Songs from Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Carolina and Iowa.
The Hat Rack Review features a variety of songs and tunes represented by hats on the rack with a few other props thrown in, like tennis shoes!
"Boney Butt " (A journey of an Appalachian Hound - with Harmonica sound effects), "The Magic Hammer" (A story about little people - with Mandolin sound effects, adapted from the traditional story) "The High Plains Wiggler" (A tall tale about Roping Texas Wigglers!) These are just a few of the stories with which Thad captivates audiences of all ages!
Tall Tales from Catfish County is a leg-pullin,’ truth stretchin’ journey you’ll never forget! The characters are wild and wacky and just plain MAD! Original stories, poems and anecdotes involving 5 types of catfish, a Christmas Tree, a Fortune Tellin' Tank and Catfish Sal the Stump Rootin' Gal. Especially for those who like fishy stories!