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Few Miles South
Date: Thursday, August 22 2019
Indie Country Rock
Time: 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Opposite south sides converge in this unlikely crew created by South GA raised, Blake English, and Los Angeles native, Tori Lund. The two met in 2014 singing and playing in a LA church and bonded over a shared a love of country music. They began writing with intentions to shop songs to other artists, but after a couple years putting together a catalog, they decided to wrangle up some local musicians and form Few Miles South.
Tori is a classically trained singer and misplaced old fashioned country girl. She grew up playing her family’s piano and quickly picked up the guitar. Her love of singing led her to complete a Masters of Music degree, but after graduating she realized her heart wasn’t in opera. Resigning to teach piano and voice, she sidelined her dream of performing, until she met Blake who encouraged her to write. As an avid reader, songwriting came instinctively and she now pens the majority of FMS’ lyrics while budding catchy melodies with Blake.
Blake comes from a family of guitar players and songwriters and was raised on rock, country and rhythm & blues. As a multi-instrumentalist with a keen ear he moved to LA in 2000 and signed his first publishing deal. He has since worked in his studio as a writer, producer and engineer all over the genre board. Some of his credits include Toni Braxton, George Benson and a Grammy nominated album by Brandy. Burnt out by the publishing rat race and looking for a change, he was eager to return home to his country roots and play live music.
Few Miles South is “making their way the only way they know how” with a slew of self-written, recorded and produced songs offering both old school nostalgia and a refreshing detour from today’s predictable pop country. Mike Braddford with Nashville’s NBRN.FM rated FMS with “two thumbs up” noting a “touch of the Bakersfield sound”. Blues and southern rock influences can be heard throughout their songs as well as nods to icons like Hank Williams and The Allman Brothers. Though new to the country scene, Tori’s buttery vocals and Blake’s virtuosic chicken pickin' guitar solos have been warmly received by fans as “getting back to the good sounds.”