John Thrasher was 12 years old when he attended his first concert, performed by one of his main influences, the Dave Matthews Band. It was that same year he bought his first guitar, and discovered what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.
In late 2011, Thrasher began penning his debut, seven song EP, “Too Young to Slow Down”. The songs delve into every corner, both dark and bright, of a fulfilling and eventful 28 years. From the upbeat, violin driven, power ballad, “Can’t Get Close to You”, to the softer, contemplative “Where One Life Ends”, Thrasher shows his ability to write lyrics and powerful hooks that capture the vast spectrum of human emotion.
He’s has had the honor of sharing the stage with the likes of the Zac Brown Band, Jupiter Coyote, and American Idol finalist Michael Johns, among many others. Playing over 100 shows a year, John and his band stay very busy, performing weddings, private parties, bars and restaurants all over the Southeast.
Atlanta Music Guide caught up with John Thrasher before his show this Wednesday, June 5 at Eddie’s Attic! Check out what the singer-songwriter had to say!
What is the strangest thing a fan has done for you or at your show?
I had a random girl from the crowd come up on stage at Park Bench in Buckhead about 6 years ago and kiss me on the mouth. Two weeks later, I had mono… True story.
What is the funniest moment you have had as an artist?
Probably covering “Dick in a Box” with my old band, Crash Davis a few years back at the old CJ’s Landing in Buckhead. Justin Timberlake had just premiered that sketch on SNL, so we remixed it with the box and everything, good times.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Just to get a good hang out session with my band, try to laugh a lot, stay loose.
If you could describe your music in one word, what would it be?
How do you connect with a crowd?
The back stories behind my original songs are pretty interesting so I usually just try to briefly convey the emotion I had when writing each particular song, play the song, make good eye contact, and hope I connect. I feel like that usually happens at my original shows.
What is the best way to write music?
It needs to be random, not planned. When you’re feeling strongly enough about a particular person in your life or event, that the person or event needs to be shared with anyone that will listen. A good music friend to bounce ideas off of is also a must.
Catch John Thrasher and special guest, Ryan Hickey, playing at Eddie’s Attic THIS Wednesday, June 5!