Orlando, Florida already knows the best kept secret in Southern music. As for the rest of the world, if this new CD is an indicator, they will all know soon enough.
Thomas Wynn & The Believers have been blowing away audiences all around Florida with a unique sound that is as original as it is radio ready.
The band leader, guitarist, singer and primary songwriter is Thomas Wynn. His sister Olivia adds vocals and keyboards. The Wynn’s are two of the children of Tom Wynn, the drummer from the great Capricorn recording band of the seventies, Cowboy.
The band also features the talents of Justin Beckler on guitar; Showcat Luise on bass; Thom Damon on drums and Chris Bell on harmonica.
The album is filled with catchy, melodic pop rock with a definite Southern accent. If any comparisons are to be made, they have moments that remind me of 38 Special, other moments that evoke a Drive By Truckers feel, while at times I get a Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers vibe. The outstanding thing about The Believers is that even with all their influences, they remain totally original. I really like that.
Great songs like “Radio,” with it’s nostalgic lyrics of days gone by and happy memories is a true love song to music itself. One of my favorites.
“Steady,” another personal favorite, finds Thomas trading off lead vocals with sister Olivia, and “Hold On” has all the markings of a radio single, with a real Heartbreakers feel.
“Gypsy Queen” reminds me of all the records I loved in the seventies, and “Long White Dress” has to be one of my favorites too, with it’s beautiful melody and brilliant story telling.
Truth be told, there isn’t any filler on this record. It’s all well written, expertly played. To sum it up, ol’ Buffalo is now a die hard fan of Thomas Wynn & The Believers. Don’t miss this band, folks. They are on the way to the very top.
-Michael Buffalo Smith