". . . plenty of the muscular, Southern-flavored rock that always has defined the band's style . . .a hard-driving slab of rock and soul that recalls vintage Sly and the Family Stone . . .and also contains surprisingly intimate moments." Jim Abbott/Soundboard - Orlando Sentinel
"southern rock muscle" . . .
"It’s a sad state of affairs when the fact that a rock & roll album recorded live, with minimal overdubs, is considered worth highlighting, but it’s notable that the new full-length from Thomas Wynn & the Believers was recorded “as live as possible.” Had Wynn reshaped his band – one of the most incandescent beacons of rock & roll classicism in Orlando – into some Pro Tools-contorted beast, the resulting work would’ve been not only a disservice to the transcendent nature of their live performances, it would’ve also been profoundly disappointing and dishonest. Yet, thanks to a simple and straightforward approach to the recording process, Brothers and Sisters is full of buzzing, open-chord goodness, crackling harmonies and visceral energy to spare.
"What Wynn and the Believers deliver is a sly bit of surprise. Their workmanlike ethos and general ubiquity – seldom a week goes by without a gig of some sort – has likely lulled local scene-watchers into thinking they know exactly what the deal is here: classic rock delivered with roof-raising spirit and a crowd-friendly smile. But there are also subtle variations on the 40-year-old form, tweaks that are much more recognizable on record than on stage.
"For instance, the title track unfolds gradually and gracefully into a CCR-quoting number that seems like an awfully unoriginal way to begin a record. However, “Brothers and Sisters” reveals itself as much more complex, using a Fogerty riff as little more than a launchpad for a soulful, cathartic and completely original rocker.
"It’s that soulfulness that continues to set Wynn’s band apart from many road-dogging young classic-rock acts. Live, it’s the grit in Wynn’s voice, the generosity of his spirit and the band’s visible camaraderie that helps to elevate the Believers’ music beyond mundane recitations of worn-out ’60s rock tropes. On the album, thanks to the live-to-tape ethos of the sessions, all of that comes across beautifully." Jason Ferguson/Orlando Weekly
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This ten-song album was recorded over a span of eight months at North Avenue Studios out of Orange City, Fl. All of the songs were recorded live in studio, with the exception of a few vocal overdubs. We wanted to record in this way so as to try and capture the feel, intention, and execution of our music as if you were hearing the band live in concert. As "believers," we hope you agree.
Thomas Wynn: lead vocals, acoustic/electric guitar
Olivia Wynn: vocals
Chris "Bell" Antemesaris: harmonica
Tim Turner: electric guitar
Matt Lapham: bass guitar
Rion Smith: drums
Produced by: Thomas Wynn
All music recorded by Lee Rosario at North Avenue Studios, Orange City, Fl; mixed by Brian Harrison & Rich Mahan at "The Rendering Plant," Nashville, Tn; mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master Studios, Nashville, Tn.
Layout: Charles Cleveland Brewer III
Artwork: Lil' Joe, Primrose Tattoo
Photo: Mama Wynn
Bronco Brothers Publishing (ASCAP)
820 S Lake Formosa Dr, Orlando, Fl 32803
All Rights Reserved
released 24 January 2012
DEDICATED . . . to God and our beloved friends and family: Frances Wynn, Ralph Ameduri, Catie Satterwhite, Roland Holman . . . you have, are, and always will be an inspiration to live in kindness, truth and love.
THANK YOU . . . to all our families, Rick Camino, The Willinghams, Will Walker, Chris Anderson, Aaron Wright, Lance Williams, Jessica Pawli, Charlie Webb, Rob Conti, Aaron Asbury, Rich Mahan, Brian Harrison, Dave Wagner, Frank and Janet Csomos, Marc "Howad" Howard, Chris Godkin Family, Steve & Ada, Enemy Ink Family, "Chowder Joe", Luke, Stokey, Rolo, Brian Hawks, John Washburn, Joseph Martens, Brian Chodorcoff, Jessy Daumen, Anthony Manzo, Anthony Cole, Todd Warsing, Johnny Bulford, Wayne Shook, Jesse Rosoff, Will's Pub, Backbooth, Bamboo Room, Skipper's Smokehouse . . . everyone who believed in us and those who helped make this album through Kickstarter, everywhere we've ever played, everyone we've ever played with . . . and everyone we've ever loved, we love you still and always.
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