Thomas Wynn & the Believers
Known for their powerful LIVE performances, they have headlined 100+ shows this year alone and have additionally shared the stage with national acts Gov't Mule, Leon Russell, Drive-By Truckers, Leftover Salmon, JJ Grey & Mofro, and Medeski, Martin & Wood, just to name a few. TW&TB personifies rugged, yet uplifting spirited rock, sprinkled with southern soul R&B. As a songwriter, Thomas' tunes are brutally honest and heartfelt. The themes of the band go beyond years of drugs, heartbreaks and hypocrisy to deliver a message of hope. TW&TB radiate a southern charm that is all their own and have quickly become a Florida favorite.
"Among the many gifts given with both hands to formerly local, currently New York-prowling singer-songwriter Kaleigh Baker – aside from that Swiss Army knife of a voice – is her innate grasp of momentum. On her new EP, The Weight of It All, Baker and producer Justin Beckler play the puppet masters, building suspense without ever seeming coy about it. Baker is capable of communicating volumes with a simple vocal lilt, and on the moments in which her register nose-dives headfirst into the emotional muck ("Sugardaddy") or propels like a jet into the stratosphere ("Love Letter to a Burning Man"), she never fails to rouse the senses." " The Weight of It All is the roar of a soulful lioness and will go a long way toward proving to the world what Orlando's known for a long time: Kaleigh Baker is a legend in the making." – Justin Strout, Orlando Weekly
She takes another hit of whiskey and heads out with her band, a star sextet she's amassed from members of local jazz crew Swing in Time and Sam Rivers' Rivbea Orchestra. And then, she goes nearly deaf.
"I couldn't hear anything. I was in some weird zone," says Baker.
What happens after that moment is entirely unpredictable and nearly magical. With impeccable swagger, vocal chops as playful as Diane Schuur with a Patti Smith bent and backing musicians telekinetically linked to Baker's every whim, she shrugs off the jitters and brings the house down. Behind the enraptured masses and off to the side sits Baker's benefactor, Alexandra Sarton, that inescapable invisible hand of Orlando's female music scene, grinning knowingly and nodding her head.
Roadkill Ghost Choir
Roadkill Ghost Choir
Roadkill Ghost Choir is an indie folk-rock band from DeLand, Florida.
Brothers Andrew (vocals, guitar), Maxx (drums) and Zach (bass) Shepard make up half the band while Kiffy Meyers (pedal steel, banjo, guitar), Joey Davoli (keys, trumpet) and Stephen Garza (lead guitar) complete the band’s sound. It wasn’t until Andrew was offered his first solo gig in 2010 that he decided to form a band to fill out the songs he recently started writing for a live setting. After the band went through several name changes in the early stages of its creation, Roadkill Ghost Choir was formed.
While the member’s major influences include Wilco, Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, and Fleetwood Mac, there are also undercurrents of Radiohead and Nirvana, lending the band an impish edge with broad appeal.
In 2012 Roadkill Ghost Choir finished recording their debut E.P. , Quiet Light, with producer Dave Plakon and engineer Mark Mason at North Avenue Studio. It was mastered in Omaha, Nebraska by Doug Van Sloun (Bright Eyes, She and Him). Quiet Light is slated for release later this year.