Photo: ©2010 Matthew Giobbi
FOR THE UNINITIATED -
Rarely is a musician so passionate,
a writer so full of story, a philosopher so mischievous..
Samuel Saint Thomas is a slightly ordinary musician, writer, and accidental philosopher. He makes his home in a sylvan Chinese tea house in the mountains near N.Y.C. He inherited the DNA of a jazz pianist and an Irish pub singer from a dusty coal town, who by miraculous events, both became pentecostal preachers. Growing up in a Pennsylvania steel town that hugged the Mason Dixon line, Samuel traveled with the family Gospel band, later living a monastic life for a spell before taking up the sensuous life of a culture vulture.
Since 1990, Samuel has collaborated with celebrated musicians — writing, recording, and performing his music in the Northeast. In 2000, he set off in scholarly pursuit of philosophy and creative writing. He now teaches at a suburban college and continues to draft his memoirs of a series of bizarre and humorous stories about being a preacher’s kid growing up with twisted ideas in his little head in the dim light of religion.
In 2012, he launched his Bovine Social Club project, a twangy folk and rock band that has gone on to play prestigious venues from Vermont to Virginia and in 2019 toured their hit show Clap Hands: The Poetry and Song of Tom Waits. To ward off his existential miseries, he enjoys peaty single Islay malts, Northwest wines, cooking with butter, and working as an artist to cover his walls with paintings of nudes, circus tents, and wildflowers. Welcome to these pages of fortunate and unfortunate adventures.