Tommy Bassist Tommy Thomas is a relative newcomer to Bluegrass Music. Originally from Cheraw, SC, he spent his college years at Appalachian State, caught the Bluegrass Bug in the North Carolina Mountains in 1980’s, and we hope it doesn’t let go! An accomplished jazz and big band musician, Thomas began playing Bluegrass at the famous Bill’s Music and Picking’ Parlor jam sessions. His musical influences are Jerry Garcia & Old and in the Way and the Seldom Scene. Tommy is particularly inspired by Tom Gray and Edgar Myer.