Ryan Tharp, Zach Austin & The Lonesome, The Smoking Flowers, Kaydee Mulvehill

Ryan Tharp

Alternative / Folk / Blues from Fort Worth TX

Ryan Tharp has been a lead guitarist, producer, and songwriter for
over 10 years and in that time has played with and produced records
for the likes of Pete Yorn, Ian Moore, and Bob Schneider. His record
Life So Far was released in January 2017.

“Any night of the week, you will probably find Tharp playing
somewhere. He has no rock-star delusions, just a way of life he loves,
making music you should go out of your way to listen to.”
-Steve Watkins, Dallas Observer

“The Fort worth singer-songwriter-guitarist...masterfully traverses
the nuances of big guitar rock...he plays every kind of stringed
instrument you can name with authority and sings with a weary, back of
the throat earnestness.”
-Jimmy Fowler, Fort worth Weekly

Zach Austin & The Lonesome

Country, alt-country rock acoustic from Birmingham AL

The Smoking Flowers

Americana from Nashville TN

There are not enough words to describe the intrinsic chemistry Kim and Scott Collins possess. The duo, 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.

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.

Kaydee Mulvehill

SINGER / SONGWRITER from Birmingham AL

$8.00 - $10.00


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