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
10:49 pm
Sun June 24, 2012

Monday morning notebook

Mindy Smith's new album arrives in stores Tuesday.

Dar Williams invited more than 200 folks over Saturday night for a spirited evening of songs and stories.

In lieu of hosting at her house, which is in New York, Williams  turned the Redmoor in Mount Lookout into a suitable stand-in as she played eight of the 10 tunes from “In the Time of Gods,” and six others with the help of keyboard player Bryn Roberts and guitarist Josh Kaler. 

The music was certainly the centerpiece, but it was some unexpected moments that lent the night its homey feel. 

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Music
5:17 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

In the time of Dar Williams

Dar Williams will play the Redmoor in Mount Lookout Saturday night. Provided photo

Dar Williams’ range of interests is wide enough that the idea of an album loosely based on Greek mythology should not be surprising.

However, complete knowledge of the classics isn’t required to enjoy the 10 new songs on “In the Time of the Gods” says the songwriter, who plays the Redmoor Saturday night.

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Music
1:50 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Monday morning notebook

Tristen will bring her brand of power pop to the opening day of the Bunbury Festival July 13. Provided photo

It’s less than a month before the Bunbury Festival kicks off July 13 for its three-day run on the riverfront in downtown Cincinnati.

Creator Bill Donabedian, one of the co-founders of the MidPoint Music Festival years ago, has no intention of starting small, then trying to build for the future. There are more than 100 acts scheduled on the event’s six stages (see Set Times under the Music & More button on the website to plan your viewing schedule).

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Music
11:25 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

'Journey' brings Landreth to town

Sonny Landreth, who recently released "Elemental Journey," will play the 20th Century in Oakley Thursday. Provided photo

Sonny Landreth returns to his roots on his latest album, “Elemental Journey.” But it might surprise some people that before he became a guitar star, Landreth put in a lengthy stint as a trumpet player.

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Music
12:17 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Monday morning notebook

Grace Potter's new album, "The Lion the Beast the Beat," arrives in stores Tuesday. Provided photo

To see or not to see the Beach Boys, that is the question.

The band’s 50th anniversary tour plays Riverbend Tuesday amid some of the most conflicting publicity in years.

A recent spate of stories centers on the somewhat shaky rapprochement of Brian Wilson, the fragile creative genius behind the band’s legendary music, and his cousin, singer Mike Love, who has kept the flame alive while Wilson battled demons and band lost original members Dennis and Carl Wilson, Brian’s brothers.

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2:33 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Dawes awes Taft Ballroom crowd

Dawes – Wylie Gelber (left), Griffin Goldsmith, Taylor Goldsmith and Tay Strathairn – rocked the Taft Ballroom Wednesday night. Provided photo

Five songs into Wednesday night’s Dawes show, Taylor Goldsmith asked how many in the crowd of about 300 had seen the band before. Maybe a third or so whooped and hollered in response.

“This is for the first-timers,” the band’s frontman said before the Los Angeles  foursome tore into an incendiary version of “When My Time Comes” from its first album, “North Hills,” at the Taft Theatre Ballroom.

The time had come to dial up the intensity. 

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11:33 pm
Sun June 3, 2012

Monday morning notebook

Doc Watson influenced generations of musicians. Provided photo

Hundreds of people gathered in Deep Gap, N.C., Sunday to say goodbye to Doc Watson, one of the true giants of American music who died May 29 at the age of 89. 

The best way to honor the kindly gentleman, who lost his sight as a baby, is to have a musician explain the impact that he had on generations of players.

WNKU’s Pam Temple, who plays with husband Spencer Funk in Wild Carrot, wrote this gracious tribute.

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12:44 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Monday morning notebook

The poster for the documentary "Louder Than Love," the story of Detroit's Grande Ballroom.

Who knew that San Francisco’s Summer of Love in 1967 had a counterpart in Detroit of all places?

Director Tony D’Annunzio’s documentary “Louder Than Love” tells the little known story of the Grande (Gran-dee) Ballroom, which was the home base of the MC5 and other Motown rockers such as the Stooges and Alice Cooper. But it is the fascinating footage of British bands such as Cream, the Who and Pink Floyd that give the project more than a regional appeal.

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8:48 pm
Sun May 13, 2012

Monday morning notebook

Rebecca and Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe at Canal Street Tavern. Photo by Edward Mowinckel. doctormowinckel.com

Scott Miller did two things here for the first time Friday night. 

He played Molly Malone’s in Covington and he played with violinist Rayna Gellert. The evening went so well that chances are good there will be a repeat performance.

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Music
7:21 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Scott Miller depends on friends

Scott Miller on Cayamo 2011. Photo by Janinne Thompson

Scott Miller has performed in Greater Cincinnati in many configurations: with the V-Roys, as the leader of the Commonwealth and as a solo act.

He will try something new Friday night when he plays Molly Malone’s in Covington with Rayna Gellert, a fiddle and viola player who also adds harmony vocals.

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