New Release – Thom Shepherd “One Boot”


“One Boot” came from burning up a lot of miles doing shows between Texas and Florida. I kept finding myself saying to people, “yeah we got one boot in Texas and one flip flop in Florida.” A friend suggested changing Texas to Red Dirt, and one bare foot in the sand sang a lot better and was easier to rhyme than Florida. Over the last few years we traveled in an RV from Austin to Key West and back many times, doing shows all along the way. A lot of the people who like us are Texas Music fans, and a lot are fans of Jimmy Buffett. Some wear boots, some wear Hawaiian shirts. Some wear both. This song is the perfect bridge between those two worlds. I wrote most of the lyrics on a plane to Nashville, and put a melody to it once I got there in February of 2020, just a few weeks before the pandemic hit and all of our shows were canceled. This is my favorite kind of songwriting – reporting the truth about this crazy blessed life we lead as artists on the road.


CMA of Texas Songwriter of the Year Thom Shepherd spends most of his time traveling across the country, telling stories and captivating audiences with his wife, artist Coley McCabe Shepherd.

A veteran of Nashville’s Music Row, Thom is the writer of five #1 singles including “Redneck Yacht Club,” “Riding with Private Malone,” and three Texas music number ones. In total Thom has written over 10 radio singles, two Grammy nominated songs, and has had over 100 songs recorded by other artists.

A cowrite with Texas superstar Kevin Fowler lead to several trips to Austin, with Shepherd moving there in 2011 to pursue a full time touring and songwriting career.

Thom, along with his Radio Margaritaville hit “Always Saturday Night,” are featured in the “The Parrot Heads Documentary” with Jimmy Buffett. His song “New York to Montana” has recently been turned into a novel.

He is the producer of the two-time TRMA Event of The Year, The Lone Star Luau, which happens Feb 3-6, 2022 at Margaritaville Lake Resort in Conroe, TX.

His music has taken him on 10 tours performing for our military in 18 different countries. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri and spent his high school years in Stephens City, Virginia before moving to Nashville. He is a graduate of George Mason University, a two time cancer survivor, a father of two, an avid snow skier, and an accomplished artist in chalk pastels.

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