Indianapolis native Tiara Thomas wins Grammy, receives Oscar nomination

Tiara Thomas
Tiara Thomas.

Awards season is shaping up nicely for Lawrence North High School and Ball State University graduate Tiara Thomas.

In the span of 12 hours, Thomas won a Grammy Award and became an Academy Award nominee. Writing with R&B star H.E.R. on two different songs delivered the accolades for Thomas.

The duo appeared onstage Sunday to collect the Record of the Year Grammy for H.E.R.’s “I Can’t Breathe.” On Monday morning, Thomas was announced as an Oscar nominee in the category of Best Original Song for co-writing H.E.R.’s “Fight for You” – which is heard in the film “Judas and the Black Messiah.

Producer D’Mile shares a writing credit on “I Can’t Breathe” and “Fight for You.”

Thomas, 31, has described H.E.R., otherwise known Northern California native Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson, as being similar to a younger sister. H.E.R., 23, won a Best R&B Album Grammy for her 2017 debut album that included a song co-written by Thomas.

Thomas, who began playing guitar at age 12, co-wrote one song that appeared on 2019 H.E.R. album “I Used to Know Her.”

A former model for American Eagle Outfitters, Thomas co-wrote Wale single “Bad” and appeared as guest vocalist on the song’s original recording. “Bad” reached No. 21 on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 chart in 2013. Wale subsequently released a remix of the song that featured Rihanna instead of Thomas.

The Oscars telecast will air April 25 on ABC.

Indiana music icon John Hiatt previews album with dobro master Jerry Douglas

John Hiatt performed at bygone Indianapolis venues such as Loaves and Fishes on Indiana Avenue and the Hummingbird Cafe on Talbott Street. Photo provided by New West Records

John Hiatt, who grew up in Indianapolis near the intersection of 57th Street and Central Avenue, didn’t work in isolation during the pandemic.

Known for signature songs “Have a Little Faith in Me” and “Real Fine Love,” Hiatt will release a collaborative album with the Jerry Douglas Band this spring.

The album, titled “Leftover Feelings,” is scheduled for release May 21. The project’s first single, “All the Lilacs in Ohio,” arrived Wednesday. Douglas applies his unparalleled dobro guitar skills to the unplugged rendition of “Lilacs,” a song Hiatt originally recorded for his 2001 album “The Tiki Bar is Open.”

Hiatt, who received the Americana Music Association’s lifetime achievement award for songwriting in 2008 and became a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer the same year, dipped into his catalog for one other “Leftover Feelings” track. The song “Little Goodnight” first appeared as a B-side after Hiatt issued his “Perfectly Good Guitar” album in 1993.

Douglas, known for his work with Alison Krauss & Union Station, and his supporting cast joined Hiatt at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio B to record “Leftover Feelings.” Presently operated by the non-profit Country Music Hall of Fame, RCA Studio B was the site of recordings sessions by Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers and Chet Atkins.

“Leftover Feelings” will be Hiatt’s first studio recording since 2018’s “The Eclipse Sessions.” His resume includes many compositions that other artists popularized, including Bonnie Raitt’s cover of Hiatt’s “Thing Called Love” and the Jeff Healey Band’s rendition of “Angel Eyes.”

“Leftover Feelings” is available for pre-order at


Join us Monday nights at 7 for, The BEAT with Dave Lindquist. The BEAT includes music discoveries from the local and independent scene and fresh music from familiar artists.

Monday night, Dave presents new music from Hearty Har, Taylor McFerrin and Indianapolis band Wife Patrol.

Songs played on the March 8 episode:

Hearty Har, “Scream and Shout”

Lava La Rue, “Magpie”

Django Django, “Glowing in the Dark”

RVG, “Asteroid”

LP, “The One That You Love”

Ian Sweet, “Drink the Lake”

Hether, “Twinkle”

Wife Patrol, “Let’s Hang Out”

Dehd, “Haha”

Remember Sports, “Pinky Ring”

Taylor McFerrin (featuring Marcus Gilmore), “Chance to Say My Piece”

Sports Team, “Here’s the Thing”

The Staves, “Failure”

Rostam, “These Kids We Knew”

The Beat With Dave LindQuist 3/1/21

Join us Monday nights at 7 for, The BEAT with Dave Lindquist. The BEAT includes music discoveries from the local and independent scene and fresh music from familiar artists.

Monday night, Dave presents new music from Coin, Indiana duo Radar Gold and Emma Swift.

Songs played on the March 1 episode:

Coin featuring Faye Webster, “Sagittarius Superstar”

Midnight Sister, “Foxes”

Cleo Sol, “Shine”

Palehound, “How Long”

Major Murphy, “Access”

Claud, “Soft Spot”

Bad Moves, “Muster,”

Radar Gold, “Go On Out”

Q, “Take Me Where Your Heart Is”

Ela Minus, “Dominique”

Emma Swift, “Simple Twist of Fate,”

No-No Boy, “Imperial Twist”

Christian Leave, “Filth”

Sir Woman, “Thinkin’ About Tomorrow”

New Music from Brendan Benson on The Beat with Dave Lindquist

Join us Monday nights at 7 for, The BEAT with Dave Lindquist. The BEAT includes music discoveries from the local and independent scene and fresh music from familiar artists.
Monday night, Dave presents new music from Brendan Benson, Porridge Radio and Songhoy Blues.

Songs played on the Feb. 8 episode:

The Beths, “Dying to Believe”

Porridge Radio, “7 Seconds”

Brendan Benson, “I Quit”

The Regrettes, “What Am I Gonna Do Today”

Deep Sea Diver, “Lights Out”

James Elkington, “Ever-Roving Eye”

Songhoy Blues, “Worry”

NewDad, “I Don’t Recognise You”

Fontaines D.C., “Televised Mind”

The Wldlfe, “The Other Side”

Gabriels, “Love and Hate in a Different Time”

Lithics, “Hands”

RVG, “Asteroid”

Mike Campbell on The Beat with Dave Lindquist

The BEAT with Dave Lindquist premiered Monday night (Feb. 1) at 7 p.m. This week’s episode included music from Phoebe Bridgers, No Joy and Swamp Dogg. Find the playlist for The Beat with Dave Lindquist on the Playlist Center widget on this page. Dave also spoke with Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, Dirty Knobs) .

Guitarist Mike Campbell will never forget one specific Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers performance in Indiana, and anyone in the audience probably feels the same way.

Now the leader of hard-charging rock band the Dirty Knobs, Campbell told WTTS about the 2005 show at Ruoff Music Center that was interrupted by a fierce thunderstorm.

When the weather knocked out power during a rendition of signature hit “Refugee,” Campbell said the crowd’s response stunned late music icon Petty and his supporting cast.

“We were playing along and there was this loud ‘Boom,’ you know, and the PA went out and the lights went out,” Campbell said. “So I immediately thought, ‘I guess we’ll have to leave the stage.’ And I could hear them: ‘You don’t have to live …’ The audience just kept singing because we were at the end of the song with the chorus. And we just stood there listening to them. And were amazed. And then soon enough, ‘Boom,’ it all came back on – right on beat – and we kicked back in with them. It’s a memorable night, yeah.”

Songs played on the Feb. 1 episode of “The Beat with Dave Lindquist”:Phoebe Bridgers, “ICU,” Dead Oceans

No Joy, “Nothing Will Hurt”

BC Camplight, “Cemetery Lifestyle”

Lilly Hiatt, “P-Town”

Celeste, “Love Is Back”

Swamp Dogg, “I’d Rather Be Your Used to Be”

The Dirty Knobs, “Irish Girl”

Sports Team, “The Races”

Suzi Wu, “Eat Them Apples”

Richard Edwards, “January”

Gus Dapperton, “Post Humorous”

Bad Moves, “Muster”

Listen every Monday night at 7, for The Beat with Dave Lindquist.