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Thomas Oliver is a singer-songwriter who is internationally recognised as one of the leading players of the Weissenborn lap-steel guitar.
In 2013, Oliver released the world's first full-length, all instrumental, all Weissenborn album, titled Beneath The Weissenborn. The album debuted at #6 in the NZ charts, received 5-star reviews with sold out shows across the nation.
With over two million views on his YouTube channel, Thomas Oliver has developed an international audience from his home base in New Zealand, and has performed throughout New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Vietnam, and has toured and shared the stage with such legends as Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton and Fat Freddy's Drop.
Oliver’s vast diversity in his vocal delivery has also earned him a reputation as a vocalist in Drum & Bass and other electronic music, and his list of collaborations includes some of DnB's most respected producers, including Black Sun Empire, Rido, Concord Dawn and Urbandawn, and boasts releases on prestigious labels, including Andy C's RAM Records and Goldie's Metalheadz.
October 2015 saw the release of a new single, “If I Move To Mars”, a first inkling of a fresh body of work that will become Thomas’s self-produced forthcoming album, Floating In The Darkness. The album’s release date will be sooner than originally envisioned, thanks to the help of a successful crowd-funding campaign, which reached over its $17,500 target from fans and supporters, locally and worldwide.
The song, inspired by love and the very real possibility of civilian space travel, garnered media attention and critical praise across the local board. In September of this year, that same song won the prestigious APRA AMCOS 2016 Silver Scroll award for Song of the Year.
He joins Leo Kotke, Ry Cooder and Michael Hedges as someone who has made buying a guitar album a must. Stuff.co.nz"
He joins Leo Kotke, Ry Cooder and Michael Hedges as someone who has made buying a guitar album a must.