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 WNKU.org.  

 

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Music
3:01 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Take it easy? Not Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne proved why he is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Provided photo

Jackson Browne did double duty Saturday at PNC Pavilion. Not only did the singer-songwriter thrill the crowd with entries from his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame songbook, but he served as emcee and gracious host of a rotating cast of characters that featured Sara Watkins, who opened the show and joined Browne for the second half of his set. 

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Music
3:32 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Mindy Smith has faith in herself

Mindy Smith will play at Natasha's Bistro in Lexington Sunday night. Photo by Tracie Goudie

For Mindy Smith, the devil has always been in the details. And, for that matter, in the big picture as well. The Nashville singer-songwriter, a pastor’s daughter who attended Cincinnati Bible College before making music her career, recently released her fifth album, the self-titled “Mindy Smith.”  It’s a landmark project, her first record since leaving the Vanguard label. 

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Music
6:20 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Cincy Blues Fest celebrates 20 years

Duke Robillard will headline Saturday's show at the Cincy Blues Fest at Sawyer Point. Provided photo

The 20th anniversary edition of the Cincy Blues Fest rolls into the Cincinnati riverfront Friday and Saturday with headliners Webb Wilder and Duke Robillard.

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Music
3:48 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Shawn Colvin wears the crown of hero humbly

Shawn Colvin plays and sings with "Today Show" co-host Savannah Guthrie. Provided photo

In her memoir “Diamond in the Rough,” Shawn Colvin takes a deep breath, then rattles off a list of heroes that she has been lucky enough to meet during the course of an almost 40-year career.

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Music
12:20 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Monday morning notebook

Old Crow Medicine Show plays the Taft Theatre Friday night. Provided photo

Rick McCarty has seen weeks like this before. He calls it coincidence, but more mystical types might call it this summer’s harmonic convergence.

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Music
12:11 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Monday morning notebook

The Landor Stage at the Serpentine Wall was one of six venues for bands at the Bunbury Festival. Provided photo

Thank you Bill Donabedian. The founder and public face of the Bunbury Music Festival put together a great team that produced a top-notch event in the face of some obstacles. Now, do it again next year – please.

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Music
11:08 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Carll finds a home on the road

Hayes Carll will visit the WNKU studio Wednesday before his show at the Redmoor that night. Provided photo

Growing up in the Houston, Texas, suburb of The Woodlands, Hayes Carll didn’t have a wealth of experience to draw upon when he started writing country songs.

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Music
11:28 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Monday Morning Notebook

Norine Veeneman of Cincinnati put some time and effort into planning her Bunbury weekend, making a mix CD for each day of the weekend festival.

Bill Donabedian and his wife are expecting their second child this fall. But first, Donabedian will give birth this week to the Bunbury Music Festival, which sets up on the Cincinnati riverfront Friday for its three-day run.

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Music
4:11 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Grace Potter moves up in the world

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals will play at Paul Brown Stadium Sunday with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw. Provided photo

When Grace Potter & the Nocturnals take the stage at Paul Brown Stadium Sunday, they will become the first act to go from the 20th Century (capacity 400 or so) to the home of the Bengals (50,000, give or take a few).

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Music
7:48 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Don't let Todd Snider fool you

Todd Snider will play the 20th Century in Oakley Wednesday night. Provided photo

As it turns out, Todd Snider has everyone fooled. 

The Nashville singer-songwriter who wears his hippie stoner persona proudly is actually a workaholic who released two albums in the first four months of the year. “Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables” is a scathing indictment of the current state of the union, while “Time as We Know It,” is a loving tribute to Jerry Jeff Walker, the man who changed the course of Snider’s life.

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