Kevin Michael Thompson is a North Carolina based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. His music is a weathered and worn blend of Americana, country, blues, rock, and gospel. His songs have appeared on the television shows Pawn Stars, American Pickers, What Not to Wear, and many more. 

Kevin’s songs sound both fresh and familiar at the same time. He accomplishes this by embracing his musical roots and influences but refusing to be limited by them. Instead, he uses his influences and a spirit of experimentation as a starting point and fine-tunes the initial creative spark into songs that blur the lines between genres. The result is front and center vocals underscored by a current of rich sonic textures mixed with vintage tones and colors. 

His latest album, Ghosts From Two Towns Over, delves deep into the wells of Americana music.  The songs on the album range from the alt-country of Confessions, The City, and Clara (It’s A Good Life), to the vintage soul of Violet, and Better Than Before to the folksy My Oh My, My Oh Me and the gypsy-rock of Among The Thieves.

His last album, Good News in These Bad Times, was a tip of the hat to some of the gospel albums he grew up loving. The title was inspired by a sermon by the late Reverend S.M. Lockridge and set the tone for gospel theme of the album. Highlights include the soulful Nail Scarred Hands, the plaintive I Believe, Help My Unbelief as well as several reworked hymns such as O Love Divine What Hast Thou Done and Holy, Holy, Holy. 

Kevin performs solo with an acoustic and electric guitar as well as with his backing band.

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Ghosts From Two Towns Over

Album Review

It's just a coincidence that I'm writing about this album on Halloween but it's fitting nonetheless. You know you're in for a good time when an album comes with an epitaph that's a German proverb -- especially this one: "“Love, thieves, and fear make ghosts.” 

Fear not -- Thompson doesn't get Gothic with his hauntings, though the songs do linger. Thompson's voice has a rasp that'll call to mind all of the punk kids you used to know, though Thompson establishes his folk bona fides by letting himself and his band stretch out -- the shortest song on the album is three minutes long. 

Thompson's stories feel familiar -- but you're glad they didn't happen to you, making Ghosts From Two Towns Over an apt title. Thompson incorporates punk and even some strains of Celtic music into his Americana. His delivery is punchy, giving his arrangements a bit of spice -- even in the more languid songs. Listening to the album, you can tell Thompson and his band feel like they've hit paydirt.  The band catalogs disappointments and heartbreak, but the joyfulness of the creation itself alleviates the song's emotional low points.   It's cool to listen to a band enjoying themselves and pushing each other further. 

Rachel Cholst - Adobe and Teardrops