Tennessee's The Smoking Flowers, led by vocalists and multi-instrumentalists Kim and Scott Collins, married 14 years, are a red-hot, soulful and sweet duo. Their brand of rock, blues and country is flavored with Southern Gothic folk, all with a punk attitude. On their sophomore album, 2 Guns, which Kim and Scott wrote and arranged at their East Nashville home, several tracks were recorded live in a single take.
The album is a ferocious musical document that eerily foreshadowed the battle the couple would soon encounter as Kim was diagnosed with breast cancer, just after they finished recording and mixing. An undeniable urgency flows throughout 2 Guns, and the couple tapped deeply into their punk and raw country-western roots in its composition. Kim’s cancer is in remission today, just over a year after her diagnosis.
On the stage, Kim plays accordion, acoustic guitar, drums (full kit), mandolin, harmonica and tambourine — and also delivers simmering country-soul vocals. On the album and live, Scott complements Kim’s vocals and plays acoustic and electric guitar and harmonica.
As The Smoking Flowers share their musical talents, they will also share the message of child sponsorship through ChildFund International. They will be inviting their audiences to join them in transforming the lives of children and communities living in poverty.