The Smoking Flowers
J.W. Schuller, Garner Sloan
3131 Walnut St.
Denver, CO, 80205
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
The Smoking Flowers
“There are not enough words to describe the intrinsic chemistry Kim and Scott Collins possess. The duo, better known as The Smoking Flowers, have discovered what some duos spend their entire careers trying to find: a fascinating marriage between artistic talent and subtle sensuality that pierces the attention of anyone in the same room as them. The Collins' have devoted their entire lives to music, and the second their wild feet touch the stage they exude just how tenured they truly are." ~ The Repertoire
"A duo unafraid to take fascinating, artistic risks... a dark country gem. If what you're after is Americana music given a poetic, punk-rock kick, then look no further than The Smoking Flowers." ~ Maverick Magazine
“Let’s Die Together, the new LP from The Smoking Flowers, is more than about the music... but these songs could blow the roof off of Bridgestone Arena.” ~ No Depression
“Kim and Scott Collins bring a palpable energy to their passionate blend of rock and country that puts them over and above what’s currently out there right now. Fans of roots music are going to go apeshit for this pair.” ~ The Rock and Roll Report
“Let’s Die Together proudly declares that The Smoking Flowers are still here, and they’re kicking more ass than ever before. Instead of just being a talented singer-songwriter duo, they are now something more - true artists who have a confident sound and attitude that comes from years and years of putting everything into their music, flesh and blood and a river of tears that carries it all downstream.” ~ The Vinyl Anachronist
“The Smoking Flowers write inspired songs of substance about life, death, and everything in between. Their albums are consistently outstanding. And, better still, their live shows aren't to be missed. I stand amazed that all that music comes from just two people. Their music drips in their love for each other and their thirsty lust for life.” ~ The Nashville Scene, Skip Anderson
"provocative and risky" ~ POP MATTERS
"An edgy Civil Wars... or The White Stripes if Meg sang like a country angel and they lived on a dirt road." ~ Kyle O'Brien (Pitchfork)
"A punkish/alt-country/whatever-you-need-it-to-be masterpiece... Kurt Cobain's ratty sweater traded for a CBGB t-shirt and bolo tie." ~ Relix Jambands
"Highly recommended for both rock and country fans, and especially to listeners that enjoy peeling the sheets off last night's scratch marks." ~ The Deli Magazine
"Often beautifully ragged; sometimes beautifully haunting; many times beautifully goofy-grinned and/or playful, pleading, or pledging - but always beautiful." ~ Relix
THE REST OF THE STORY:
Musically speaking, Kim dances between drums, accordion, acoustic guitar, mandolin, harmonica, shimmering tambourine and her own sensual, simmering vocals. Scott plays electric and acoustic guitar, harmonica, and delivers his vocals with the voice of a feisty, gin-battered, heart-on-sleeve, hardscrabble troubadour.
They have influences that range from Led Zeppelin to Gillian Welch and The Ramones to Neil Young. Kim was ironically considered by one of those very influences when she was up for the female vocalist spot in Robert Plant's "Band of Joy". Unbeknownst to Kim, Mr. Plant had been listening to some of her recordings and loved her voice. But as fate would have it her friend Patti Griffin got the role. "The job was clearly destined for Patti. I mean look at her and Robert now! I do believe in a good love story, after all" says a sighing Kim.
The Smoking Flowers last full length album '2 Guns' was raucously brought into existence in single live recorded takes over about four days. It is a ferocious musical document that eerily proved to be a foreshadowing of a battle the couple was soon to encounter. Kim was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer just after they recorded and mixed '2 Guns', delaying the album's release by two years. Kim's breast cancer is in remission today due to only using holistic and alternative methods and a raw food diet (no chemotherapy, no radiation, no hormones).
In the wake of this experience Kim and Scott took life by the reins and hit the road in their vintage Volvo 240 station wagon, touring across America and Canada for three years straight promoting '2 Guns'. With this life altering experience to draw upon, and three years of intense touring under their belt, the couple tapped even deeper into their raw rock, punk and folk roots in the composition of their newest album 'Let's Die Together'. The undeniable urgency present in these recordings cannot be faked. "Let's Die Together" is a true story of triumph.
The Collins's music and life have been an influence on many "East Nashville" artists, being early pioneers of that now popular underground scene. The Smoking Flowers live shows exemplify the gritty wanderlust of Kim and Scott, while their songs paint a picture of a couple that lives together (married 19 years), writes together, plays together and simply loves life together.
I’m a singer, guitar slinger and purveyor of quirky indie folk rock who recently emigrated to Boulder from Minneapolis. At age 12, I picked up my older sister’s beat up Stella Harmony six-string and was immediately hooked. I went on to play in lots of indie rock bands, including U Joint whose biggest claim to fame was doing an annual Replacements tribute around Thanksgiving called "The Buttaball." We broke up after putting out a handful of records, so I traded in my big, loud amp for a big Guild acoustic and started playing volunteer gigs at old folks’ homes. I dove headlong into the great American songbook, doing everything from the Gershwins, Irving Berlin and Hoagy Carmichael to Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams. I learned a lot in those five years. For starters, seniors are awesome. They’re great listeners and surprisingly good hecklers. More importantly, I got a whole new bag of musical tricks to mix in with my punk/indie roots. I currently play as a duo with my charming, bearded nephew Jens Larsen on drums and backing vocals. Come see us sometime, you hear?
DESERT. Dusk. The panicked bleats of a nervous goat ring out to the horizon and then die in the sand.
Crouched low before a fire, his professorial tweed jacket in tatters, Cormac McCarthy frantically scribbles ancient runes into the hard-baked earth with a broken shard of a large mammal’s shoulder blade. Across the fire, Tom Waits. Chanting in tongues cut with razorblades, eyes rolled back, he tosses a rusty steak knife from hand to hand. Its gaze fixed upon the blade, the goat’s eyes grow with fear.
The bleating ceases. A low, steaming hiss emanates from the fire. A pillar of black smoke. From the crackling coals arise the spirits of Townes Van Zandt and Edgar Allan Poe, mounted atop bulging demonic steeds. The foursome douse themselves in sotol, howl at the moon, and do such bitter business that the night quakes to look on.
…is one way you could describe the sound of Americana Gothic artist Garner Sloan. Another would be Jiffy peanut butter laced with gasoline.
Garner takes residency in Austin, but originally hails from the burgeoning west Texas metropolis of Coleman. When not on the road touring with his band, Garner can be found locked away in his room holding a pen, staring at empty pieces of paper, questioning every decision that’s led him to this…
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