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Kelly Thomas (Covington, Ky.)
Kelly Thomas is one of the busiest musicians in Greater Cincinnati. The singer/songwriter fronts her own band, The Fabulous Pickups, which plays pure Country-styled originals and released its debut album, Fly, in 2011, showcasing Thomas’ phenomenal voice and intimate songwriting. But Thomas is also a serial collaborator, working in numerous side projects on a regular basis. She is currently in the midst of “The Sacred Harp Sessions,” a yearlong series in which Thomas collaborates with 12 of her favorite area musical acts, recording each song (a mix of covers and tunes written with the artist), making a video explaining each session (and relating it to the local music heritage of the region) and releasing the episodes and tracks online as she makes them. The passion and appreciation shown in projects like the Harp Sessions is evident in everything Thomas does, especially her stirring music.
YDIIYD: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash, Nanci Griffith. (MB)