Current Project(s): My current project is planning a tour with my band this upcoming Fall. My band and I are planning the tour by asking our listeners what cities they would like us to come play at. We have gotten feedback from San Francisco, Dallas, Memphis, Muscle Shoals, Birmingham, Portland (Oregon), and several other cities. We are reaching out to our listeners as a way to route our tour.
Where are you from? I am originally from Amory, MS. I have lived in Oxford for three years.
Your music Style/Genre: People that have listened to our music have said it reminds them of Bonnie Raitt. I would like to say that it is a little bit of everything (rock, soul, blues, folk).
What is your preferred approach to making sounds? I like to have the most raw sound possible. Ya know? Like real players really getting into it in the songs we do. I started trying to write songs when I was 12 years old and usually start the writing process by coming up with a guitar riff that sticks in my mind. Then I focus in on a melody that fits well and somehow the words of the song fall together before the whole process begins or even during it.
Early music experience: A bit of the last question answers this. I have been singing ever since I could talk. I come from a very musical family. I really owe a lot of what I know about music to my family. My grandparents are in their 70s and still play today. My grandmother rocks it out on guitar and accordion. Plus she sings beautifully. So I picked up a lot of knowledge from watching them, my father, and aunts while growing up.
Why did you start playing? When I was 12 years old my Mother asked if I would rather go out for cheerleading or learn guitar. It was a gut feeling. I chose guitar at such a young age and it has been one of the best choices I have made.
What are some of your favorite bands? My absolute most favorite bands would be a tie between the Beatles and the Beach Boys. They were all just true individuals. That is something I dream of being. But above all PRINCE IS EVERYTHING!
Most memorable person you’ve jammed with: When I was about 15 years old I had the opportunity to hang with Christine Ohlman. She is a singer and guitarist who has been playing with the Saturday Night Live band for 20 years. She is also known as the “Beehive Queen” because she has a big beautiful beehive hair do. She is an amazing woman and a true musician. She has been a “pen pal” and mentor to me to this day.
Do you have a “day job”? If so, where? WAITRESS BY DAY, MUSICIAN BY NIGHT!
Aspirations: My hope is that I continue to play music, grow as a musician daily, and use it as a way to make people smile. In the years to come, I would love to open a recording studio and use that as a way to record for musicians that are trying to get on their feet.
Promote whatever you’ve got! My band and I recently released an EP called “New Normal”. You can find the link to the EP on instagram (@kitthorn) or our band page on Facebook (Kit Thorn Band). Fall tour dates are TBD!