Bill Thompson

Music writer

My career path was set when the Beatles walked onto the stage of "The Ed Sullivan Show," although it took me more than 40 years to get there.

Long after that fateful night in front of a small television in Piqua, Ohio, the delightful Janinne Thompson and I  moved to Cincinnati and had two equally delightful daughters: Kate, who lives in Washington, D.C., and Jane, who lives in Martinsburg, W.Va.

I worked at the Enquirer for more than 30 years as a copy editor. About five years ago, I started writing music stories for the paper. After semi-retiring in April 2012, the folks at WNKU-FM have graciously allowed me to continue pursuing that teenage dream on their website at  


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Holly Williams isn’t as well known as other singer-songwriters with the same last name. And it’s unlikely that she is ever asked whether she’s related to Lucinda or Dar, even though her sound is closer to them than to the three Hanks in her family.

Two recent projects have raised Shannon McNally’s profile over the past year or so, but collaboration is just one of the singer-songwriter’s strengths.


It sounds like the set-up for a bad gag: How many harmony singers does it take to (fill in the blank)?

The good news, however, is the emergence of Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale into card-carrying stars is no joke.


In real life, 20 years is a long time. In rock ’n’ roll, it’s more like dog years: few bands stand the test of that much time unless they’re in the midst of a Hall of Fame career.

Like many Americans, Jorma Kaukonen is thankful to have a job these days.  He is even more thankful that it is the same job he has had for more than 50 years.

It might be hard to imagine, but Kaukonen, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, will turn 72 next month.