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July 25, 2013

A rare breed of entertainer

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“The older I get, I realize life is really about being happy. You have to take the good with the bad. As bad as things get sometimes, it makes you appreciate the good.”

If there’s one cat Thurston wishes to jam with, it’s Billy Gibbons, guitarist and lead vocalist of ZZ Top.

“That’s the first thing that came to my mind,” he said. “That would be unbelievably cool to me. I’ve never been one to run up to people and say, ‘Hey man, you’re amazing.’ I’ve never been that guy. They won’t remember me from Adam. Boy, if I could do that someday.”

But Thurston gets backed by the likes of Steve Turner, who has drummed for Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker and Dolly Parton. 

“I look behind myself on back of the stage on a Saturday night. He (Turner) not only plays and drums for me, he likes me as a person and loves my talent and believes in what I do. It’s amazing someone so iconic, his favorite gig is to play with me. Stuff like that is amazing to me. I’m some kid from Waterbury, Vt.,” he said.

Thurston never wanted to be a police officer, firefighter or engineer. It was all the way singer, guitar player, artist.

“Ghosts in His Eyes” is the 10th track on “The Stayin’ Kind.” Four to six years ago, he penned the song with Vip Vipperman.

“We just hit it off and started writing this song one day. We ended up writing this song about a soldier with PTSD,” Thurston said.

The writing process was free-form with no hook in mind. The song sat in Thurston’s catalog until he decided to put it on this album.

“It’s about after they go over there and dodge bullets and manage to come back and survive; the effects of what they saw don’t go away,” he said.

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