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July 25, 2013

A rare breed of entertainer

Nashville veteran performs benefit for local renovation

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To sum up the changes in the recording industry, he said it’s not the music business but the business of music now.

He has eight solo releases, the most recent “The Stayin’ Kind.”

In Nashville, he’s written songs with a ton of people, including Tony Mullins. Four years ago, their hit “15 Minutes” was covered by Rodney Atkins.

“Tony has written a number of hit songs,” Thurston said. “I love to write with that guy. I’ve written with George Teren. He’s written No. 1 songs for Trace Adkins, Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley.”

Some days Thurston doesn’t know what keeps him going, but he keeps writing, singing, producing and playing his guitar.

“It is what I do. I’ve done this so long. If Bob the mechanic or Bill the house builder has been building houses for 20 odd years, he has to be some good at building a house. I have worked very hard my whole life to be good at what I’m doing,” he said.

In his heart-and-soul execution, he hopes he can help somebody along the way like the children at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a camp for children who have had cancer, in his native Waterbury.

“You hope that somebody hears your song, and it is an inspiration to them. It’s just a part of what I do. I have people send me stuff that (say), your song, whatever it is, got me through a really tough time,” Thurston said. 

“I look from the inside out, other people look from the outside in. I’m just some guy who had some dream and worked hard to achieve whatever amount of success that is at this point. I’ve been lucky to have record deals and have songs recorded by artists and have people say thanks to me. It’s moving and humbling that we can help people like that. 

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