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Published: Thursday, 4/18/2013

Spotlight: TJ Thomas and Kentucky Strait

Lineup: TJ Thomas, guitar and lead singer; Ron Stewart, bass; Mark Sutton, drummer; and Bud Merglewski, keyboards.

Year began performing: 1977

Style of music: Country, country rock, bluegrass, western

Sounds a little like: Cross between Keith Whitley and Merle Haggard/Garth Brooks

Influences: Merle Haggard, Keith Whitley, Garth Brooks, Lefty Frizzel, and Steve Warner

Upcoming gigs: Radio interview; Prime Country Radio will feature TJ Thomas on all of its radio stations; will perform May 31, June 28-29, and July 20 at Sneaky Pete's in Toledo.

Any CDs/digital releases: "She Dreams Of Horses"

Web Site: cegmi.com/artists.php?genre=2&id=19

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