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An Americana band whose sun-kissed songwriting, fiery electric guitar, and lush vocal harmonies evoke the California coastline as much as the Bible Belt countryside, the HawtThorns are rooted in the collaborative chemistry of husband-and-wife duo, KP and Johnny Hawthorn.
Morning Sun marked the HawtThorns’ official debut in 2019. An amped-up Americana album for guitar enthusiasts and singer/songwriter fans alike, the record balanced its creators’ backgrounds, finding room for lap steel guitar, strings, organ, thickly-stacked coed harmonies, and heartland hooks. It also emphasized the HawtThorns’ emphasis on community, with co-production from Eric Corne (founder of Forty Below Records) and additional contributions from Sasha Smith, Kaitlin Wolfberg, Arthur Barrow, Steve Berns, Matt Lucich, and Eliot Lorango.
Coming February 2022, The HawtThorns will release their sophomore effort; a full length record entitled “Tarot Cards & Shooting Stars.” The new release features layered guitar work, retro keys and stacked vocal harmonies in the vein of a nouveau Fleetwood Mack.
When KP and Johnny moved to Nashville in early 2020, they carried that spirit with them. KP, as a co owner of the independent record label Mule Kick Productions, has jumped in to help champion other artists whose music — like the HawtThorns’ own songs — blurred the boundaries between multiple genres.
And with a cover of Tom Petty’s “Time to Move On” released in July 2021, following a year spent indoors due to the Covid-19 pandemic — they say goodbye to the challenges of the past and looking forward to a bigger, brighter future.
Moving on is hard. It’s uncertain. Few artists have learned that lesson better than KP and Johnny, who’ve spent more than a dozen years weathering the ups and downs of the music industry. They’ve tapped into a new beginning with the HawtThorns, though, and the horizon — including a return to the road, as well as a second full-length album in late 2021 — is looking bright – here’s to fresh starts!