THE SMOKING FLOWERS with LINDSAY RAKERS and THE BITTEROOTS and ZANGARO!
Doors @ 8 PM ★ $7 ADV – $10 DOOR
The Smoking Flowers fire up an East Nashville-based brand of rock, blues and country with a sweet flavor of Southern Gothic folk, all with a punk attitude. Their sophomore album 2 Guns will no doubt appeal to a large spectrum of fans when it hits the world this summer. The album was co-produced and engineered by Adam Landry, noted producer of Deer Tick, Middle Brother, and Diamond Rugs and former touring guitarist for Ray LaMontagne. Adam also added his own sublime guitar to it, giving it that dusky, diverse feeling of his other Americana projects. "Something I Said," a single off the album, was recently featured on the hit ABC show "Revenge." Everything on 2 Guns was written and arranged together by Kim and Scott at their East Nashville home. The album was tracked on 8-track 1-inch tape, continuing the Collins' 12 years and counting commitment to analog recording. Several tracks on the record were the first take recorded live. The realistic, street level poetic lyrics were thoughtfully written out over time and experience -- but its thirteen songs were raucously brought into existence in single recorded takes over about four days, as if their lives depended on it.
"Kim and Scott Collins, The Smoking Flowers, carry on the torch where Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris left off in their day, delivering beautifully produced, sometimes moody, songs with knockout harmonies... and less traditional than your classic country-folk duo by bringing a punk-attitude and energy to their highly infectious songs. A marriage of song and voice that is uniquely their own." — AltCountry.NL Magazine
Atlanta's Lindsay Rakers is a singer/songwriter delivering soulful Americana with hints of pop, country, and blues. After a very successful Kickstarter campaign, Lindsay was able to make her dream album a reality. Recorded with Grammy award-winning producer Scott Patton (music director & guitarist for Sugarland) and partner engineer Bruce Bennet, Two Ships is a departure from Rakers’ previous endeavors. The album uncovers the inner landscape of a singer songwriter who draws on influences like Brandi Carlile, Neko Case, and Jenny Lewis. It features, in addition to Patton, Travis McNabb (Sugarland), Tim Smith (Sheryl Crow, Noel Gallagher), and Atlanta greats Mark Evers (lead guitar) and Jonny Daly (pedal steel).
The Bitteroots are an Atlanta- / Decatur-based original jam-rock band founded in 2008. Fronted by female vocalist Laura Dees, the band has a sound that’s been called a “unique brand of soulful rock.” The Bitteroots’ groove-oriented approach to rock n roll has drawn comparisons to the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Melissa Etheridge, and Janis Joplin. From pop melodies to extended jams, The Bitteroots’ sets run the gamut with something for everybody.
Along with Dees, an accomplished songwriter who joined the band in 2010, The Bitteroots also include founding members Bill Taylor on bass and Mike Davis on drums. Kyle Bryant joined The Bitteroots in 2013 after the departure of founding guitarist Dan Shockley.
The Bitteroots have released four compilations of original music, the latest being the single “Under the Big Sky,” recorded in the fall of 2013 at The Music Farm studio by Mark van Allen (Govt. Mule, Indigo Girls, Blueground Undergrass, Zac Brown Band, Whiskey Gentry). The melodic title track is accompanied by two bonus tracks, the hard-rocking “Defenseless” and a re-tooled version of “Try Me Again” which first appeared on the band’s debut release, “French Fries,” in 2011.
The Bitteroots have shared the stage with: The Freddy Jones Band, Allgood, Col. Bruce Hampton, Arrested Development, 7 Walkers (Bill Kreutzmann of The Grateful Dead), George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Anders Osborne, Coy Bowles (Zac Brown Band), Dead Confederate, Cigar Store Indians, Adron, The Deadfields, The Sundogs, The Shadowboxers, The District Attorneys, Lindsay Rakers Band, Nathan Beaver, Mike Killeen, Sydney Rhame, Kristen Englenz, Greco, Tedo Stone, Saint Francis, The Longshot Saints, honey honey, and many other great bands and artists.
Atlanta musician Vince Zangaro is a man with a musical mission. After his dad was diagnosed with Alzheimers, Zangaro left his corporate job to care for his ailing parent. The lessons within this dynamic have re-inspired Zangaro's love for music and his natural songwriting abilities have blossomed. Zangaro pens story-songs about his struggle to understand his father's Alzheimers and the challenges... they face together. Life themes of addiction, illness and survival surface in Zangaro's songwriting. He is joined by some of Atlanta's top musicians — Jason 'Lefty' Williams of Lefty Williams Band & Revival an Allman Brothers Experience, Matthew Trautwein of Bill Gentry Band, Karma Lingo 2.0 and The Lost Boys, Anne Marie Perry & Doug Myers of Green Bracelet, Jason Blaauw and CJ Duane. Zangaro's music is often compared to Dave Matthews or Red Hot Chili Peppers. A stunning vocalist, Zangaro sounds much like Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan. Zangaro's musical mission is to promote Alzheimers awareness and bring hope and help to the disempowered and misunderstood.
Zangaro is also writing with many other artists and looks forward to sharing all his projects with his supporters.