B T Biography
-----Beginning on stage at TOAD in Cambridge, MA during a weekly residency in March of 2009, Baker Thomas Band has always been an eclectic collection of musicians and good friends getting together to make great music and have a blast. With anywhere from 7 to 10 and even more musicians on stage, the BTB is a wrecking ball of good times and great tunes.
Vocal hooks and rock and roll lyrics are backed by one of the sickest bands you'll hear. Horns, violin, and mandolin soar over the top, dueling guitars fill up the middle and the bottom is held down by rock solid bass and a thunderous kick drum. The clever and catchy hit songs cover the spectrum of classic rock, funk and groove, with hints of bluegrass and jam band.... so many influences... one big sound.
When you think of us, think of "The Band" We don't sound like The Band, but we are a rolling party. We're loose enough to be spontaneous and fun but we're pros, seasoned musicians and peers who have been crossing paths and sharing stages in the cities of Boston, Cambridge and Somerville for quite sometime.
Baker Thomas Band is dangerous and deadly fun. We have The Secret Weapon, The Legend, The Professor, The Ambassador, The Dancer, The Gator, Big Papa, The Ship's Captain and often more! We are a band of characters for sure!
The BTB has our core players, but sit-in performers is the norm on any given night, for we have one of the best bands in town, lightning quick on the uptake and the confidence to ride the line.
Come on down to a show and you'll be cookin' up a good time with Baker Thomas Band soon enough!
Cast of Characters
Dubbed the 24 Hour Entertainer by friends and fans for his frequent status as “last man standing,” Tom abandoned the full spectrum of chordal bass playing, picked himself up an 18 inch speaker and now focuses his playing on one of true purposes of the bass guitar, movin’ and groovin’ the low end until your forced to move with it. This traditional approach to bass allows Tom to lean hard into singing the songs. He may be the leader of this party boat, but as every Captain knows when you have an amazing crew it’s pretty easy to steer the ship.
The songs Tom writes pay tribute to dozens of musical styles including rock, funk, R&B, bluegrass, pop, reggae and countless other styles and with the eclectic mix of musician, the influence of sounds and styles song to song are endless.
Hey! Won't you be my friend?
Jake Bush plays accordion and sings with BTB. When the band was in its early stages doing residencies at Toad, (Cambridge, MA) Jake would come by and sit in all the time. Eventually he was not only simply on board, but a key aspect of the mix on the record, BTB and a strong and positive personality in the band. Jake is a mover and a shaker, always lookin' out for the better of the group. He’s a tall man who’s sound is like the glue of the band and he’s a leader. For that we’ve dubbed him, “Big Poppa Jake!”
Jake also plays in the award winning folk group, Pesky J. Nixon, who just won the title of “Emerging Artist Most Wanted” at the famous Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
Check out Jake's band, "Pesky J. Nixon"
After sailing the Pacific for many months... (seriously...) Sarah Miller came down and sat in with the band a few times and with her powerful blues/rock driven vocal and stage presence she very quickly became an undeniable signature part of the big-band’s sound. With her positive vibe and undying will to take on any challenge and get the job done, Sarah can figuratively and literally keep any ship on course, and make it a hell of a fun time. When Sarah sings she brings a rock-star quality to the stage that completes the Baker Thomas sound. Sarah Miller is a true rock-star in every good sense of the phrase.
The Dirty Dancer
As Hugh may tell the story, Tommy McCarthey asked Hugh to run an open mic at his new pub, "The Burren" in Somerville. Hugh promptly replied with, "I'll start this Tuesday!". Thinking about it and realizing the importance of the up and coming Tuesday, Tommy replied, "This Tuesday is St. Patrick's Day... that's open mic for everybody! Let's start next Tuesday." That was over a decade ago and The Burren Open Mic has been running on Tuesday's ever since.
When Hugh is not ripping leads for BTB you may find him on any given night singing his own songs either solo or backed by his band, Misfit Toys, often featuring many key members of BTB. He's been on stage with the best of the best, he's toured with The Push Stars and his reputation precedes him, that's why we call him, "The Legend."
Check out Hugh's own Music Page
Alan provided the brilliant finishing touches of percussion on the debut cd BTB and has been on stage with Baker Thomas Band either behind the kit or playing percussion ever since. A true showman to the core and one of the greatest persons you’ll ever get to meet, Alan “The Alligator” is always entertaining and will always leave you smiling!
Check out Alan and the Alligators online!
Around town Noah is a side arm for many bands including Samantha Farrell Band, Cilla Bonnie Band and anyone else who needs the leads. A pleasure to hang with on and off the stage, The Ambassador is an asset to any room. And one more thing... if you’re looking to get on his good side, just ask him out for a burrito lunch sometime.
The Secret Weapon
His skills as a rhythm and lead player are undeniable and he’s all eyes up when on stage. Steve is known as one of the best utility players in town and when he takes leads his lightning fast fingers can light fires. We like to call him “The Secret Weapon.”
Need a secret weapon for your gig? Contact Steve!
Check out Randi's band Mrs. Danvers
Exactly what is the Jim Larkin Situation?
Some more honorary members of the BTB include: Dietrich Strause, Danielle Miraglia, Ryan Fitzsimmons, Mark Presler, Greg Klyma, Matt Borrello, Kara Kulpa and Pat McCann who have sat in with us more times than we could possibly count.
Also a special note for Jeff Gaynor who is was with us for the first years and also a key (more like keyboard... heh heh heh...) part of the first record with his amazing piano and keyboard work.
Other honorary members include the tons of performers who have come down to shows and sat in with the band, Rebecca Muir, Katie Elmore and Brian Morell, James Houlahan, Jesse Dee, Ryan Montbleau, Mike McCann, Erik White, Zac Taylor, Avi Solloway, Matt Abatelli, Shrimp (Drums on "You And Me Again"), Sonny Barbato (Accordion on "You And Me Again", Jesse Pagano (Washboard on "Fruit Fly" and "Easier Than This"), The BTB Singers on "Train Face" and "Fruit Fly" and anyone we may of missed!
And of course Marinda dancin' on the bar, the swing crew, the folks who sing along, the fans, the faithful, the friends...
EVERYBODY'S IN THE
!!!BAKER THOMAS BAND!!!