Florida has never been known as a hotbed of alt-country acts. But St. Petersburg-based band The Loving Thorns has been drawing raves from the press and been a consistent draw in the Florida music scene since its formation in 2007. The group even won the Best Local Roots/Americana Act in Creative Loafing’s Best of The Bay 2010 Award Show in Tampa. Its buzz is certainly growing.
The Thorns play a mixture of alt-county and straight-ahead rock. It lies somewhere between The Black Crowes and Band of Horses, combining hard–edged riffs with a great melodic sense and hooks aplenty. Some of the songs have lush, sweeping arrangements, while others stick close to the bone.
The band consists of Geoff Abraham on vocals and guitar, Finn Walling on guitar and vocals, Aaron Akers on bass, and Charlie Douglas Wells on drums. Abraham, Walling, and Akers were formerly of the band R50.
The Loving Thorns have released two records, The Days of Sympathy, and Bad Luck & Black Eyes. Now, the group is gearing up to go back into the studio to record their third album.
But first, they are heading over to South Florida to play the Nectar Lounge at the Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek, Florida on Saturday night, April 30. The Nectar Lounge is located at 5550 NW 40th St, Coconut Creek, FL. Doors open at 9:00 p.m. for this all ages event.
For more information on The Loving Thorns, or to download their songs (choice cuts include “Standing My Ground,” “Desert Rose,” “The Velvet Rope,” and “Help and Understanding”), check out their MySpace page or their page at Reverb Nation.