Willie Nelson and Guthrie Thomas backstage at the Smith Center, in Las Vegas, Tuesday, August 13, 2013.
I was so so sad to hear that Guthrie Thomas has passed away. His wife called Budrock yesterday from Las Vegas , telling him that Guthrie had passed away in his sleep. Willie Nelson fans and music lovers know Guthrie for his Guitar Pick designs and collaborations with Budrock Prewitt, Lighting Director for Willie Nelson & Family. He was generous with his music, his stories and his beautiful guitar picks. He had great respect and admiration for Willie Nelson & Family and his crew.
Services has been set:
Hites Funeral Home and Creamatory
438 W Sunset Rd.
Henderson, NV 89011
Formal Services and the Eulogy will be on Tuesday July 19, 2016 at High Noon”
Guthrie and Budrock sent me this framed pictures of Willie Nelson and guitar picks a few years ago, and I have always treasured it, And every few weeks there would be a sweet note from him in the mail, with a few guitar picks, which he knew I was crazy about.
I met Guthrie only once in person, at a Willie Nelson & Family show, of course, in Las Vegas. He and his wife Toni went to the show and I got to hang out with them a little bit. But I talked to Guthrie on the phone so much, we became friends. He was a talented musician and creative songwriter, recording music at his home in Nevada. He and Buddy sent me these one Christmas
He didn’t complete the 8th grade, but later went back to college and obtained three degrees in music, pharmacy, and psychology. He was still a licensed pharmacist, practicing at the time of his death. His childhood was interesting, growing up on a ranch in Californi used for movie sets, friends with Ramblin Jack Elliott, Ringo Star, and too many other artists to name, all helping to inform the interesting adult he grew into and the life he led. His motto:
Follow Your Dream and You Will Never Get Lost
Read more about his life, see photos, read stories, and listen to his music:
Most of us know and appreciate Guthrie for his beautiful guitar picks. As owner and operator of GTguitarpicks.com, Guthrie made guitar picks for Willie Nelson & Family, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and many other famous bands and artists.
Thanks, Guthrie, for the music, the guitar pick art, the stories and your friendship.
Here’s more samples of his art.