Thomas packs heat for return to The Loft

Keni Thomas is coming to town, and he's bringing out the big guns.

The singer-songwriter, a former Army Ranger and Columbus resident, is preparing for the Oct. 28 release of his sophomore disc, "Gunslinger."

Thomas still calls music his weapon of choice.

Friday night, he'll showcase those talents with his band, Cornbread, at downtown Columbus hot spot The Loft. He'll perform an acoustic show at Fort Benning earlier that evening.

Thomas, who now lives in Nashville, wrote or co-wrote seven of the 10 songs on "Gunslinger." The disc is a follow-up to Thomas' debut, "Flags of Our Fathers," which told stories inspired by life in the military.

The new album's first single, "Shreveport 2 LA," is earning national airplay and has sustained a strong spot on Great American Country's Top 20 Country Countdown.

Just like Thomas' first disc, a portion of the proceeds from "Gunslinger" will go to the Hero Fund, the military charity for which Thomas is a national spokesman.

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