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THOM BRESH - Thom Bresh, the son of Country Music Hall of Fame great Merle Travis, is a successful musical performer in his own right. Bresh did not begin his music career until his adult years. From age 3 to age 17, he worked as an actor and stuntman at Corriganville, where such programs as The Lone Ranger and the Billy the Kidd trilogy. Finger-picking in the style made famous by his father, he brings his father's legacy to new audiences. Bresh is a singer, songwriter, impressionist, and instrumentalist, who calls his guitar, "my band." He has performed alongside performers ranging from Bob Hope to Chet Atkins to Gordon Lightfoot. Bresh hosted a weekly television variety show of his own creation, Nashville Swing, has been a regular on the Merv Griffin Show and Dinah, and made a guest appearance on the TNN special A Salute to the Country Greats. As a producer, he has been employed by Country legend Jerry Reed, Classical guitarist Valerie DuChateau, and Merle Travis. As a videographer, Bresh has shot, produced, and edited projects for Hank Thompson, Lyle Lovett, Brooks & Dunn, George Jones, Tanya Tucker and Jerry Reed.

The versatile Thom Bresh plays no less than nine instruments, including the tuba and the steel guitar; he also sings, acts, and does impressions of celebrities. The son of country hero Merle Travis, Bresh was born in Hollywood, where he debuted at the age three singing "Your Cheatin' Heart" at the Carriganville Movie Ranch. He made his feature film debut at age seven and was already learning to play guitar. At age 15, he replaced Roy Clark in Hank Penny's band and eventually replaced Hank when he retired. Bresh then became an actor/stuntman for about ten years, also playing with the Crescents in the mid-'60s.

In 1970, he formed his own road band, toured, and eventually returned to L.A., appearing in musicals such as The Music Man. He next moved to Seattle to run Merilee Rush's recording studio and co-hosted the Canadian television show Nashville Swings. He cut the single "D.B. Cooper, Where Are You" in 1972 for Kapp, recorded two singles for MGM three years later, and moved to the Farr label in 1976. There he recorded the album Homemade Love, whose title cut became a Top Ten hit and was followed by a string of Top 40 hits. In late 1977, Bresh began a four-year association with ABC/Dot Records, where he cut two albums, Kicked Back (1977) and Portrait (1978). Bresh signed to Liberty in 1983 and released a minor hit duet with Lane Brody, "When It Comes to Love."

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