The HawtThorns

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Street date Feb 4th 2022 - first single All The Right Reasons Oct 16th 2021
                                                Mule Kick Records

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

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CONTACTS
radio- WNS Group
Brad Hunt bhsabres@aol.com
label- Mule Kick Records amulekickproduction@gmail.com

press - Devious Planet Media Pati deVries  patidevries@deviousplanet.com
917- 751-2532
sync licensing - Sugaroo! 
Michael Nieves michael@sugaroo.com
UK press At The Helm PR - Jeremy Verrall 
Verrall
jeremy@atthehelmpr.com

                current single
         "Time To Move On"  
    entering the Americana Radio charts             7/20 #8 most added single
      
                        
          

Video premiere in Americana UK
"Check out this gorgeous cover of the Tom Petty classic ‘Time to Move On’."

 

The HawtThorns Seek Emotional Rejuvenation Through “Memphis Rain” Cover - American Songwriter

PRESS - Morning Sun (2019 release)

#25 Best Album of 2019 in ALBUMISM - The HawtThorns excel at expertly weaving pop into Americana, which is what makes Morning Sun a special album.”

"The HawtThorns Triumph on Radiant, Distinctive Debut Album ‘Morning Sun" - ALBUMISM - 5 stars

"The HawtThorns captured the hooky California country rock that’s resulted on their debut, “Morning Sun” - THE BOSTON GLOBE

 

"The HawtThorns celebrate the road less traveled on Rebel Road" - Single Premier in WIDE OPEN COUNTRY

" The HawtThorns have arrived and plenty will sit up and take notice" THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH

"Luscious jangle and clang and catchy tunesmithing - NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY

"The album’s West-coast Americana sound evokes the California coastline, with emotive song writing, lush harmonies and great guitar, strings and organ, all in the mix."  - Iain Anderson show, BBC Radio Scotland

 

“Everything comes together on this terrific debut from husband-and-wife duo KP and Johnny Hawthorn, which boasts ringing guitars, fresh-sounding lyrics, consistently strong melodies with powerful hooks, and great harmonies. - Jeff Burger - AMERICANA HIGHWAYS

"This fabulous debut album is set to find an audience that appreciates quality music" - THE ROCKING MAGPIE

"This is highly melodic, bouncy music perfect for that car ride or blaring outdoor speakers while you bask in great outdoor weather." -  Jim Hynes,  GLIDE MAGAZINE

“Morning Sun” radiates with a gentle glow and feel-good vibe that serve as a refreshing anecdote for these troublesome times." - Lee Zimmerman - THE DAILY TIMES

" A heaping handful of Southern California charm" -THE ALTERNATE ROOT MAGAZINE

" The HawtThorns somehow blend the best of the Laurel Canyon California sound, modern Americana and melodic rock without missing a beat across 11 winning tracks" - ROCK AND ROLL TRUTH

" Laden with hooks and harmonies, 'Morning Sun' is the guitar-driven, sunshine-filled debut record from husband and wife duo The HawtThorns. - FOLK AND TUMBLE

more...

5 Stars in RnR Magazine

4 Stars in Maverick Magazine

The Alternate Root Magazine top 10

New Releases Now

Making A Scene

Blogcritics.org

Unionville Times

Baltimore Media Blog

California Rocker

Folk Radio UK

Voyagela.com

Dittytv.com

Artsfuse.org


 
"Already a leading light in L.A.’s independent country scene, the HawtThorns swing for the heartland country-rock fences with “Shaking,” whose brightly-strummed guitars and sunny harmonies channel the warmth of the band’s west coast home." - ROLLING STONE COUNTRY 

ACOUSTIC ASHEVILLE -LIVE from the GREY EAGLE 

MUSIC BOX PETE -CITY WINERY PROMO

"The HawtThorns bring a truly diverse slate of musical experiences to the table" - THE BOOT   (Song Premiere "Broken Wings")

"The HawtThorns successfully shine-up classic country music with sumptuous harmonies and innovative instrumentation." - POPMATTERS

"The HawtThorns Triumph on Radiant, Distinctive Debut Album ‘Morning Sun" - ALBUMISM - 5 stars

"The HawtThorns captured the hooky California country rock that’s resulted on their debut, “Morning Sun” - THE BOSTON GLOBE

 

"The HawtThorns celebrate the road less traveled on Rebel Road" - Single Premier in WIDE OPEN COUNTRY

" The HawtThorns have arrived and plenty will sit up and take notice" THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH

"Luscious jangle and clang and catchy tunesmithing - NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY

"The album’s West-coast Americana sound evokes the California coastline, with emotive song writing, lush harmonies and great guitar, strings and organ, all in the mix."  - Iain Anderson show, BBC Radio Scotland

 

“Everything comes together on this terrific debut from husband-and-wife duo KP and Johnny Hawthorn, which boasts ringing guitars, fresh-sounding lyrics, consistently strong melodies with powerful hooks, and great harmonies. - Jeff Burger - AMERICANA HIGHWAYS

"This fabulous debut album is set to find an audience that appreciates quality music" - THE ROCKING MAGPIE

"This is highly melodic, bouncy music perfect for that car ride or blaring outdoor speakers while you bask in great outdoor weather." -  Jim Hynes,  GLIDE MAGAZINE

“Morning Sun” radiates with a gentle glow and feel-good vibe that serve as a refreshing anecdote for these troublesome times." - Lee Zimmerman - THE DAILY TIMES

" A heaping handful of Southern California charm" -THE ALTERNATE ROOT MAGAZINE

" The HawtThorns somehow blend the best of the Laurel Canyon California sound, modern Americana and melodic rock without missing a beat across 11 winning tracks" - ROCK AND ROLL TRUTH

" Laden with hooks and harmonies, 'Morning Sun' is the guitar-driven, sunshine-filled debut record from husband and wife duo The HawtThorns. - FOLK AND TUMBLE

more...

5 Stars in RnR Magazine

4 Stars in Maverick Magazine

The Alternate Root Magazine top 10

New Releases Now

Making A Scene

Blogcritics.org

Unionville Times

Baltimore Media Blog

California Rocker

Folk Radio UK

Voyagela.com

Dittytv.com

Artsfuse.org

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BIO  - By Andrew Leahey

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.

 

Before forming their band in Los Angeles and relocating to Nashville, the Hawthorns both enjoyed acclaimed careers of their own, leaving their marks upon the intersecting worlds of rock, country, and pop music. California native KP (formerly Kirsten Proffit) launched her solo career with 2006's Lucky Girl, a singer/songwriter record whose tracks found their way onto TV shows like Friday Night Lights and Dawson's Creek. By 2012, she was also touring the country with Jaime Wyatt and Manda Mosher as a member of CALICO, a trio of songwriters whose warm, nostalgic sound nodded to Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, and other icons of California's country-rock golden days. The group hit the ground running, playing 200 shows during their first year together. CALICO was a true collaboration, too — a group whose members shared songwriting and singing duties — but after two albums together (both of which were co-produced by Kirsten), the band called it quits. The grind of the road had taken its toll. Besides, KP had become excited about collaborating with another musician: guitar slinger Johnny Hawthorn.

 

As a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, lead guitarist, and record producer, Johnny had already performed with bands like Toad the Wet Sprocket and Everclear by the time he crossed paths with KP at the Cinema Bar in Culver City, CA. He'd also released three albums as a solo artist, with Guitar Player Magazine likening his phrasing to Jimi Hendrix and his vocal melodies to the Eagles. The connection between KP and Johnny was immediate, and the two spent their first date playing songs together. Before long, they were writing songs of their own — melodic music that made room for KP's voice, Johnny's guitar, and plenty of collaboratively-written hooks. The two became newlyweds, too, their sound mirroring the mutual respect and reverence found in their marriage.

 

Morning Sun marked the HawtThorns' official debut in 2019. An amped-up Americana album for guitar enthusiasts and singer/songwriter fans alike, the record balanced its creators' backgrounds, finding room for lap steel guitar, strings, organ, thickly-stacked coed harmonies, and heartland hooks. It also emphasized the HawtThorns' emphasis on community, with co-production from Ernie Corne (founder of Forty Below Records) and additional contributions from Sasha Smith, Kaitlin Wolfberg, Arthur Barrow, Steve Berns, Matt Lucich, and Eliot Lorango.

 

When the KP and Johnny moved to Nashville in early 2020, they carried that spirit with them. KP, as a co-owner of the independent record label Mule Kick Records, they helped champion other artists whose music — like the HawtThorns' own songs — blurred the boundaries between multiple genres. As (KP) creator/producer of the upcoming documentary "Palomania," they highlighted the long-lasting reach of an historic music venue. And with a cover of Tom Petty's "Time to Move On" — released in 2021, following a year spent indoors due to the Covid-19 pandemic — they say goodbye to the challenges of the past and looking forward to a bigger, brighter future.

 

Moving on is hard. It's uncertain. Few artists have learned that lesson better than KP and Johnny, who've spent more than a dozen years weathering the ups and downs of the music industry. They've tapped into a new beginning with the HawtThorns, though, and the horizon — including a return to the road, as well as a second full-length album in late 2021 — is looking bright. Here's to fresh starts.