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The HawtThorns release California-influenced Amerciana album Morning Sun

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.

2019’s Morning Sun is The HawtThorns’ official debut, a collection of warm, West Coast-influenced songs that balance the most engaging parts of the bandmates’ different backgrounds. It’s an amped-up Americana album for guitar enthusiasts and singer/songwriter fans alike. Laced with touches of lap steel guitar, strings, organ, and thickly-stacked harmonies, Morning Sun introduces The HawtThorns — a group that includes drummer Matt Lucich and bassist Eliot Lorango — while making room for additional contributions from Sasha Smith, Kaitlin Wolfberg, and Arthur Barrow.

From the heartland rock & roll of All I Know to the soulful empowerment anthem Rebel Road to the lushly-harmonized highway ballad The 405, Morning Sun shows the full range of The HawtThorns’ interests and abilities, with production from Eric Corne (founder of the band’s label, Forty Below Records), Steve Berns, and KP Hawthorn. The album also includes a John Moreland cover, a revamped version of Johnny Hawthorn’s “Give Me a Sign,” four songs co-written with Berns, and the chiming, high-spirited lead single Shaking.

In a genre that often trends toward moody sounds, Morning Sun is every bit as bright as its name indicates — an Americana album inspired by the sun-streaked California landscape in which it was written and recorded. It’s a record about intersecting lives and finding that balance, with songs that rely equally on Johnny’s guitar lines and KP’s melodic sensibilities. KP and Johnny aren’t newcomers — they’ve both weathered the ups and downs of the music industry for years, struggling to overcome musical (and personal) breakups along the way — but they’ve tapped into a new beginning with Morning Sun.

Morning Sun is available here

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