Keith Thoma began his musical career very early on in life. At age 2, he was already banging out beats on his mother’s cookware and other suitable objects. From his earliest memories, he had always had access to some type of percussion instrument. Starting his journey on a Noble & Cooley drum set featuring “Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem” of Muppet Show fame, he was off to the races!
Around 1987, Keith developed a fascination with Buddy Holly. His desire to learn all there was to learn about the Texas superstar drove Keith to learn to play the guitar, as well as refining his drumming chops. In the span of two years, Keith learned every song Buddy Holly ever recorded, and even portrayed Buddy for a school program.
Throughout his formative years, Keith performed in a variety of musical groups including his high school’s jazz ensemble, marching band and concert band. He joined country duo, The Truesdells, in 1995, with whom he opened for both Merle Haggard and Daryle Singletary.
In 1997 Keith took a departure from country music to explore the classic/modern rock genre with local act, Chunkster. He remained with the group for 5 years. During those years, Keith added vocals to his list of talents.
From 2002 until 2004 Keith toured the US extensively with Lonesome Road. During his time with them, he performed on many stages across the US including the Longbranch Saloon in Raleigh, NC. Keith also played drums, percussion and sang lead and harmony vocals on the Lonesome Road album, Damn Good. In addition, Keith wrote and arranged most of the harmonies for the album. Keith also increased his talents by learning the harmonica, which he can play while drumming. While on tour with Lonesome Road, Keith was able to share the stage with many acts including Emerson Drive and Rushlow.
After his stint with Lonesome Road, Keith toured briefly with Nashville Star Season 3 finalist, David St. Romain, before finally making the move to Nashville, TN.
In December of 2004, Keith got the call to portray Don Henley in an Eagles tribute band called Tequila Sunrise. He readily accepted the job, as it would facilitate his moving to Nashville, Tennessee. The early days with Tequila Sunrise were slow going, with a very sparse schedule. During his off time, Keith was able to tour England with Billy Yates and Sean Patrick McGraw, tour Germany with Tim McDonald, crisscross the United States with Brandi Thornton, and perform at every honky-tonk on Nashville’s famous Lower Broadway.
When Tequila Sunrise folded in 2007, Keith picked up the pieces and, with some of his former band mates, formed 7 Bridges: The Ultimate EAGLES Experience. In his eleven years portraying Don Henley, Keith has performed in almost every state in the US. 7 Bridges performs 70-80 shows per year, and was regarded by Rolling Stone magazine as “The Best EAGLES Tribute Band on Earth.”
In his spare time, Keith works every day to hone and refine his drumming skills by studying with some of Nashville’s greatest drummers. Country music is Keith’s “go to” style when asked for a favorite, but he also enjoys Jazz, Classic Rock, Classical and Broadway show tunes. Some of his biggest drumming influences are Roger Taylor (Queen), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Neil Peart (Rush), and Jerry “J.I. Allison (Buddy Holly & The Crickets).
Keith currently resides in Nashville, TN with his wife, Keri, and when he’s not on the road with 7 Bridges, he enjoys traveling to exotic destinations to explore food, wine and culture.