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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 1/28 – Yer Flowers / Thunder and Rain
January 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lead singer/songwriter Erinn Peet Lukes has an angelic voice that soars over a blanket of acoustic sound. Thunder and Rain‘s music lives somewhere in between folk, country, bluegrass, and pop, made cohesive by Peet-Lukes’ “nimble, yet devastating” vocals, heartfelt lyricism and a high level of musicianship from Amelia Ransom on fiddle and Laura Ray on banjo.
Peet Lukes didn’t know anything about bluegrass or country when she wrote her first song at thirteen in her hometown of Redondo Beach, California. She pursued her love of performing original songs through major music hubs like Seattle and New York City, until she landed in Golden, CO in 2013. She began to explore bluegrass jams in the Denver area, where she would eventually meet bass player Ian Haegele and her co writer and then band member, RP Oates. Thunder and Rain recorded their first record, Holler Out, in 2014.
Since their first effort, the band has toured across the US, Canada, Ireland and the UK. They were finalists in the Rockygrass Band Competition in 2014 and named #1 Bluegrass band by the Denver Westword in 2016. They’re bluegrass covers of popular songs have amassed hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.
Thunder and Rain released their third album, Passing in the Night, January 2020. The pandemic thwarted big tour plans, and eventually broke up the band temporarily. Peet-Lukes’ packed her bags and moved to Nashville, TN, where she met Ransom and Ray through friends in the bluegrass community. They hit it off right away, and decided to reform the band and start again in a new hometown.
Yer Flowers are a honky tonk band with punk energy and pop art playfulness.