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Amy Black

  • Kelly Thomas
Amy Black is Boston-based singer/songwriter with storytelling and southern tradition in her blood. The Boston Globe describes her music as, "an effortless blend of roots, country, and blues – with a touch of R&B." American Songwriter Magazine calls her "a powerful, authentic, talented and above all soulful new entry in the rootsy singer/songwriter ranks." And Relix Magazine say about her new sophomore solo album, "This Is Home," “Black's shop-worn vocals, intricate arrangements and soulful instrumentation make her an artist well worth watching.” Amy make her debut at the Southgate House as a duo with Ryan Black on drums. More at
Kelly Thomas has been the first lady of Cincinnati Country for the better part of a decade; founder of the charitable Rivertown Music Club and member of an impossible number of bands and projects, including Second Sister, the Tammy WhyNots, the Hayseed Tabernacle Choir, her solo work and her duo with 500 Miles to Memphis’ Ryan Malott. But perhaps her purest Country pursuit is her work with the Fabulous Pickups, which has been honky tonking up area joints since 2005, and which only hit the studio for the first time last year to create Fly, the Pickups’ debut recording and, amazingly, the first time Thomas has done a full album of her own songs (okay, “Beast of Burden” wasn’t hers, but she totally owned it). Not surprisingly, Thomas and the Pickups reeled in a CEA nomination for Best Country Artist, but then the first lady of Cincinnati Country should get used to being recognized as the best. Dig: Rosanne Cash and Tammy Wynette lag cue balls for the privilege of kicking Garth Brooks’ ass. (BB)