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Wild Blooms play Sanctuary tonight

Andrew Harley

Special to the DailyWild Blooms sound off at Sanctuary in Vail tonight at 9.

Skip the greenhouse, the freshest sounds can be found in the Wild Blooms at Sanctuary tonight at 9.

The Wild Blooms include Kevin Johnson on vocals, guitars, percussion and samples, David Sachs on drums and percussion, Jim Belcher on a fretless bass and Carol Turner on vocals, accordion, flute, percussion and guitar.

The band’s original songs are as versatile as its list of instruments.

“All our songs are original,” said Johnson, who writes the majority of the music. “Our sound sometimes hints at Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos with a harder grooving rhythm section.”

Wild Blooms don’t fall into the generalization of jam band. The band’s very song-oriented.

“We’re trying to sound different than everybody else,” said Johnson. “We’re trying to carve out our own niche.”

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The band’s stage presence is led by the captivating vocals of Turner.

“Carol’s compared a lot with people like Stevie Nicks, Grace Slick. She has a very dramatic voice,” said Johnson. “She doesn’t have a typical voice. She definitely has her own trip going on.”

Belcher and Sachs make up the groove-oriented rhythm section.

“Our music needed to be danceable,” said Johnson. “They play so well. The band has built a strong connection, so everyone takes part in the writing and arranging of songs.”

The Wild Blooms released its first album in June, which was self-titled.

“We’re coming at music from a grass-roots perspective,” said Johnson. “We’re trying to make an impact in our region first, and then we’ll try and grow across the country.

The musical variety presented on today’s radio stations is very narrow in scope. People don’t have a lot of choice in terms of what’s being put out. There’s a very narrow scope that shows no signs of improvement.”

Andrew Harley can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 610, or at aharley@vaildaily.com.

AT A GLANCE:

Melodious Flowers

What: Wild Blooms

When: Today, 9:30 p.m.

Where: Sanctuary, Vail