Artist of the day: The Wanderer
Start with the name: The Wanderer.
"It's taken from a song that U2 and Johnny Cash did together if that gives you any idea of our influences," says singer-guitarist Ricky Stephens.
Indeed it does. The group's music is a rollicking blend of Americana, country, Southern rock and punk, so fans of Mumford and Sons, Murder By Death and Tampa Bay's own Have Gun, Will Travel may want to check them out.
The band's lineup: Scott Perez on vocals and acoustic guitar; Stephens on vocals and electric guitar; Samantha Satterfield on vocals, Chris Perez on drums and Ryan Kersey on bass. They recently spent time at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, recording their debut EP, Through Thick And Thin.
"We did it all live, meaning that it was recorded as if we were playing a show in the studio," Stephens said. "We set up, decided on tempos for the songs, and performed them the way that they would sound if you were actually at a show watching us. Our goal actually was to recreate, as closely as possible, the energy of our live show and capture a sound that was genuinely ours."
On Oct. 20, The Wanderer will perform at the Meadows of the University of South Florida starting at 6 p.m. Then on Oct. 30, they'll be at the Mellow Mushroom, 11955 Sheldon Road, Tampa, starting at 7 p.m.