Well, hello there...

We are Your Ex-Girlfriends, an all-girl, all-blonde, country cover band based in New York City. Our sound is a cocktail of vocal harmonies, guitars, fiddle, piano, bass, steel, and drums, and we cover everything from Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton to Big Mama Thornton and Fine Young Cannibals, taking clever, sassy turns on familiar favorites. Our sound is high-heeled honky tonk–energetically country, but with plenty of bluegrass, blues, and good ol' rock and roll thrown into the mix.

The band pairs cowboy swagger and outlaw charm with Barbie looks, and has a large and devoted NYC following. Your Ex-Girlfriends have played packed shows at Highline Ballroom, Hill Country, the Bell House, the Cutting Room, Mercury Lounge, and Rockwood Music Hall, and are also available for private events. We treat every show like a party, and with a variety of special guests bringing mandolins, dobros, harmonicas, and even a pair of spoons, spending an evening with Your Ex-Girlfriends has never been so much fun. 

Meet Your Ex-Girlfriends...

Lindsay Ryan, lead vocals This tall Texan was born and raised in Houston, and has never met a country song she didn't like (or couldn't sing). Since she moved to NYC, she has been acting, singing, and making character appearances all over town. Photograph by David Lang. 

Lindsay Ryan, lead vocals


This tall Texan was born and raised in Houston, and has never met a country song she didn't like (or couldn't sing). Since she moved to NYC, she has been acting, singing, and making character appearances all over town. Photograph by David Lang. 

Kat Thomsen, bass Bassist and band leader Kat Thomsen founded Your Ex-Girlfriends in early 2012. Originally from Texas and Virginia, she now lives in Brooklyn, drives a motorcycle, and has a (tiny) dog that is color-coordinated with her (enormous) Gretsch bass. She is a Dixie Chicks scholar and a '90s pop-country devotee, and is really, really into Elvis. Photograph by David Lang.

Kat Thomsen, bass

Bassist and band leader Kat Thomsen founded Your Ex-Girlfriends in early 2012. Originally from Texas and Virginia, she now lives in Brooklyn, drives a motorcycle, and has a (tiny) dog that is color-coordinated with her (enormous) Gretsch bass. She is a Dixie Chicks scholar and a '90s pop-country devotee, and is really, really into Elvis. Photograph by David Lang.

Caitlin Kelly, guitar, harmony vocals Caitlin Kelly has been teaching herself guitar tunes since getting an acoustic for Christmas in 1999. Now her weapon of choice is a Les Paul, and she worships at the altar of Bonnie Raitt. Photograph by David Lang.

Caitlin Kelly, guitar, harmony vocals

Caitlin Kelly has been teaching herself guitar tunes since getting an acoustic for Christmas in 1999. Now her weapon of choice is a Les Paul, and she worships at the altar of Bonnie Raitt. Photograph by David Lang.

(Little) Caitlin O'Connell, piano  Little Caitlin is, like Jay-Z and Biggie, a Brooklyn native. Unlike Jay-Z and Biggie, she is five feet tall, has been playing classical piano since middle school, and is enjoying her more recent conversion to honky tonk ivory-tickler. Photograph by David Lang.

(Little) Caitlin O'Connell, piano 

Little Caitlin is, like Jay-Z and Biggie, a Brooklyn native. Unlike Jay-Z and Biggie, she is five feet tall, has been playing classical piano since middle school, and is enjoying her more recent conversion to honky tonk ivory-tickler. Photograph by David Lang.

Kari Nelson, fiddle Kari Nelson, from Reedville, VA, comes from a long line of Americana fiddlers and musicians dating all the way to the Civil War. She is seen frequently on stage in Brooklyn and Manhattan, bringing the fiddle to urban dwellers with secret and not-so-secret loves of country music. Photograph by David Lang.

Kari Nelson, fiddle

Kari Nelson, from Reedville, VA, comes from a long line of Americana fiddlers and musicians dating all the way to the Civil War. She is seen frequently on stage in Brooklyn and Manhattan, bringing the fiddle to urban dwellers with secret and not-so-secret loves of country music. Photograph by David Lang.