Ural Thomas and The Pain bring soul to The Palms on Thursday, Nov. 3

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Ural Thomas (center) and The Pain will bring will bring a whole lot of soul to The Palms Playhouse (13 Main St., Winters) on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20

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If life were at all fair, Ural Thomas would be a household name. The 78-year-old singer, who straddles the line between hot soul shouter and velvety-smooth crooner, performed with James Brown, Otis Redding, and Stevie Wonder, but didn’t experience the wide recognition of his peers. The recently un-retired Thomas will bring his band The Pain to The Palms Playhouse on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Thomas released a few singles in the late 1960s and early 70s (most notably “Can You Dig It”) and played over forty shows at the legendary Apollo Theater, before turning his back on an unkind business and heading home to Portland, Ore. But a man practically built out of rhythm would never stop playing music. Thomas began hosting a regular Sunday night jam session at his home that ran for nearly twenty years. He became a mentor to many of the younger players, who dubbed him “Portland’s Godfather of Soul.” In 2014, local soul DJ Scott Magee urged Thomas to give his musical career another shot. Magee became Thomas’ musical director, and together they put together a band. In 2016, Ural Thomas and The Pain released a self-titled album on Mississippi Records. In 2017 Thomas signed with Tender Loving Empire and began work on what, in many respects, is debut full-length record. “The Right Time” features a host of beloved Portland musicians, including Magee on drums, percussion and backing vocals, and Bruce Withycombe of The Decemberists on baritone sax. The record was engineered and mixed by Jeff Stuart Saltzman (Blitzen Trapper) and mastered by JJ Golden (Sharon Jones, Ty Segall). With Thomas’ warm voice at the center or the sound, The Pain adds horns, keys, guitars, bass drums and harmony vocals. Thomas isn’t bitter about his long road to success, saying, “We have to be positive if we want the world to get better. We’ve come a long way, but if you carry a grudge with the whole world you’ll stop your growth. You can’t get anywhere without an open heart.” A dance floor will be open for this show. Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and uralthomasandthepain.com.]]>

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