Thomas Wynn – Wading Deep Into His Southern Soul.
There’s something about the music from the south of the United States that permeates your soul and fires the emotions within. And while Florida is usually pasted as a winter escape or the retirement haven for the country’s east coast residents there’s a particular style of soulful rock n roll that’s been heavily influenced by the surrounding states of Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana immediately to the north that have infused the sound of the Sunshine State. It’s a style of music that has been embodied by the likes of The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd from rock’s classic era through to more recent bands like the Tedeschi Trucks Band, JJ Grey & Mofro and now Thomas Wynn and the Believers.
Thomas Wynn and the Believers have been one of the most highly rated bands on the Florida scene for a long time, being voted Orlando’s #1 Rock Band and #1 Country/Folk Band for the past seven consecutive years by the Orlando Weekly. Yet it’s only now with their signing to Mascot Records and their first label release Wade Waist Deep that the word is starting to spread about one of Florida’s best kept secrets.
Unsurprisingly Wynn grew up playing guitar and bass in church with his brother while their sister Olivia sang in the church choir, but there’s also a musical pedigree in the family with their dad being a member of the 70’s country band Cowboy, who were label mates with the Allman Brothers on Capricorn Records.
Wade Waist Deep is an album that can instil the most spiritual connections one moment then hit you like a freight train out of control with a wail of raging electric guitars the next – it’s that kind of emotional roller coaster. It’s a sound that obviously translates well live with local radio station WMNF FM proclaiming Thomas Wynn and the Believers as one of the most exciting new bands in Florida: “Folks stood, jaws dropped… shook their heads and said ‘Damn, I can’t remember the last time I was so impressed by a band I knew nothing about” .
After hearing Wade Waist Deep you’ll not only remember Thomas Wynn and his cohorts, you will be a believer.