Featuring Performance Guest, Award-Winning, Performer and Entertainer, Thom Kaz; and Interview Guest, Founder & CEO of BrainTap, on a Mission to Enhance a Billion Brains Through the Power of Neuroplasticity, Dr. Patrick Porter, on The LIFE CHANGES Show Episode 767
Interview Guest: DR. PATRICK PORTER; and Performance Guest: THOM KAZ
Growing up in a military family that served in Japan, Mississippi and Florida, Thom was exposed to several different genres of music that influenced his songwriting and musical style. As a kid, Thom’s father had an old reel to reel player and a collection of albums from legendary artists such as BB King, Elvis Presley, The Four Tops and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. It was those old reel to reel tapes that sparked Thom’s interest in music at a very young age and, as a result, they became the foundation for his own musical journey.
WhiskeyTown is an album based on Thom’s own life experiences and the stories behind the songs are just as entertaining as the songs themselves. For example, the song Outlaw in the USA is a song that talks about standing up for your rights and helping those who sacrificed to give us the freedom we enjoy today. Having a father and a brother that served over 50 years combined motivated Thom to remind our citizens that we the people have a debt to pay for the sacrifices these brave men and women gave for all of us. When you listen to that song, think about those heroes and what they did for our country.
The song Bad Man is a story about Thom meeting a homeless veteran who had lost his wife and two sons in a tragic accident, only to turn to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain. As a result, he lost everything, and when Thom met him on a side street in Las Vegas, he didn’t see a bum asking for a handout. He saw a man that needed someone to simply show him some love and appreciation for what he had been through. After meeting the man and buying him lunch, some clothes and hotel room for the night, Thom remembered how grateful the man was for the opportunity to sleep in a nice, warm bed, take a shower and simply feel like someone cared about him.
In Thom’s own words, “I remember the moment I gave him the key to his room at the Palace Station Hotel where I was performing on a weekly basis. As we walked through the property, he saw my show posters and asked me why someone like me would even to stop to talk to someone like him. It was a moment that I will never forget, and as we walked upstairs together, he was crying and thanking me over and over. I told him that it was me that should be thanking him for sharing his story with me. That night, he showed up at my show wearing the new clothes I had bought him, clean shaven and excited to be sitting in the front row as a VIP. I never saw him again after that day, but the feeling I got from helping him made me want to do it again.
The truth is, it was he who inspired me, not the other way around. It was a life changing moment for both of us and I hope that man knows what he did for me that day was open my eyes to the struggle our veterans are facing.” It was this man’s story that became the inspiration for creating the WhiskeyTown Warriors program to help our veterans by providing financial aid and support to help overcome the challenges our veterans are facing every day.
Currently, Thom is working with his management team to tour the USA to bring his music, his message and his mission to the masses. Thom has made a commitment to donate a portion of the proceeds from his live shows, WhiskeyTown Merchandise and WhiskeyTown BBQ sauce to the WhiskeyTown Warriors program to help veterans with mental wellness, PTSD and suicide prevention.
We invite you to become a part of our initiative by joining the WhiskeyTown Warriors and sharing our music and merchandise with your friends and family. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those who need our help the most. And, if you happen to be hosting a WhiskeyTown BBQ event while listening to the album, we appreciate that too.
More about Thom Kaz at: ilovewhiskeytown.com