A “new” Southgate House is booking shows and
nearly ready to open for business. The new Southgate
House Revival is located at another historic Newport property, the
former Grace Methodist Episcopal Church and opens for business Oct. 5.
When local Bluegrass legend Ma Crow
considers the question of what makes her latest group, the all-female
Lady Slippers, so unique among all of the amazing outfits on her storied
résumé, she doesn’t hesitate in delivering her answer. “They’re ladies!” Ma exclaims at the
Northside Tavern, responding figuratively and literally at the same
time. “They’re down to earth, genuine."
Singer/songwriter Kelly Thomas isn't particularly religious, but an element of spirituality motivates her. Early church/ vacation Bible school experiences comprise the bulk of her structured religious experiences, combined with a childhood penchant toward performing in public. But when she considers the creation of her new collaborative Gospel album, 'Gone Home by the Hayseed Tabernacle Choir,' it's hard to deny at least some divine intervention.