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The Camellias 

When: Thu., July 31 2014

folk, alternative country

City Paper readers know Paul Bowers for his punny adaptations of police reports, along with top-notch, hard-hitting news features (nope, we’re not biased). However, the journalist has an alter ego known as Metalcore Bowers. OK, maybe that was more high school. These days he might be better known as Flower Bowers for his part in local quasi-folk group The Camellias. Bowers is a songwriter, guitarist, banjoist, and vocalist in the three-piece string group, working alongside upright bassist Gardner Beson and mandolin man Jesse Hildreth. All neighbors, the guys jammed in Beson’s garage for a year and a half before they began booking a few casual shows at spots like East Bay Meeting House. Bowers’ lyrical inspiration comes from historical events, literature, and personal tales of love and travel. The music also benefits from Beson and Hildreth’s music theory backgrounds. “They add the embellishments and give me instruction in the technical details,” says Bowers. A common thread that unites the members of the Camellias is the storytelling. To the strums of strings, Bowers sings sincere, bare-bone folk tales about naming kids after hurricanes and living in Ladson. Think Josh Ritter meets Glen Hansard, if he was Southern instead of Irish. There might also be a few places where the lyrics are screamed instead of sung, which really speaks to Bowers’ early influences. “There’s sort of a metalcore breakdown in one of the songs,” says Flower Bowers. “Old habits die hard.” —Kalyn Oyer THURSDAY


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