Kelly Thomas's Profile

Reality Check with KT: Meet Lonesome Jared

Meet Lonesome Jared; Old Country with a Modern Appeal Some years back, 5 maybe, there wasn’t all that much country music happening here in town.  We’re always heavy with Indy, Rock and Americana music, but other than Dallas Moore, Straw Boss and a few others, not too many bands were...

Reality Check with KT: Lydia Loveless Finds the Sweet Spot

Last Tuesday, February 18th, “Somewhere Else”, the excellent second album by Lydia Loveless, was released on Bloodshot Records.  She will also be playing at Bunbury Music Festival in July. But, did you know that Lydia has strong ties to the Cincinnati music scene?  (Cue memory sequence...

Reality Check with KT: Are You Red Carpet Ready for The CEAs?

It’s time for one of my all-time favorite parties!  The Cincinnati Entertainment Awards!  Sooo, let’s talk about the party!  Last year, I was stunned to win the CEA.  I really felt like I didn’t deserve it when I looked at the list of other nominees in my category.  But later that night,...

Reality Check with KT: It’s time for The CEAs!

The Cincinnati Entertainment Awards are upon us. I look forward to this every year and I’ve attended every year since around 2004.  I go regardless of if I’m a nominee or just there for the spectacle. When I say spectacle… I do mean that literally.  The level of debauchery and pure...

Reality Check with KT: Howlin’ Moon, Keep On Shining

Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons return to Southgate House Revival Saturday! A few months ago I stumbled upon Columbus based, Angela Perley and The Howlin’ Moons.  It was a night I was working on promo, just dropping off posters to a venue, in yoga pants no less.  My intention was to be...

Reality Check with KT: The Sleepin' Dogs grow wiser

The Sleepin’ Dogs grow wiser with second album, “Moon Over The Mountain”. Okay, I’m going to publicly admit that when I was twenty I took a class to learn about astrology.  I’ve since realized that, for me, it’s just a distraction and can actually limit me, so I no longer read...

Reality Check with KT: Shiny & The Spoon hit the mark

Growth-evolution-change, it’s do or die. This is true (I believe) of all things that have life, whether it be song writing, love, bands, friendships. I’m not saying it’s easy. Usually, it’s quite the opposite, there’s a reason they say “growing pains”. Shiny & The Spoon’s new...

Reality Check with KT: Behind The Beard

Behind The Beard.The Backstory of Whispering Beard Folk Fest Being in the local music community, you must have at least heard of The Whispering Beard Folk Festival. Beardos are a strong support all year to local music shows and venues. We see them, we know them, we love them. But, do you really...

Reality Check with KT: Mad Love for Mad Anthony Follow Up

This Friday night THEE place to be is at The Southgate House Revival! There is an unbelievable lineup of music for an unbelievably driven group of local rockers; Marc Sherlock, Ringo Jones and Adam Flaig: Mad Anthony! The boys suffered a major setback on June 29th when they were involved in a...

Reality Check with KT: Mad Love for Mad Anthony

I went on Facebook early Sunday to message Ringo, Marc and Adam plans for our upcoming recording session for a tune we wrote for my Sacred Harp Sessions.  (We were set to record at The Monastery with Ric Hordinski, July 30.)  Just after hitting send, I see in the news feed the terrible news that...

Reality Check with KT: An Interview with Mia Carruthers

I’m not much of a TV watcher and I’m usually spending all my money on recording albums or making videos or whatever my latest vision happens to be at the moment.  So, in short, I don’t budget for cable television.   In 2009, I was on a fun road trip to Nashville with one of my besties. ...

Reality Check with KT: Kristen Key & Kevin Finkelmeier

I’m taking on a new creative challenge, writing some articles here and there for CincyMusic.com.  I love to do things that push me creatively and keep me thinking, so when I was approached to be a contributing writer, I immediately loved the idea.  If you know me, it’s likely as a...