Nashville duo Kim and Scott Collins, known as The Smoking Flowers, are bringing a heady melange of¬†rock, blues, country and some serious Southern Gothic attitude to the Down and Over Pub, 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., tomorrow night.
The husband-and-wife team of singer-songwriters aren't just talented: they've also been through a lot together. Kim was diagnosed with breast cancer last year just before the release of their new album "2 Guns," which was put on hold while they faced the illness together.
Now that Kim is thankfully in remission, the couple talk with OnMilwaukee.com about their music, their love - and, of course, "Laverne and Shirley."
OnMilwaukee.com:¬†How did you guys meet and start playing together? Were you a couple first, or the other way around?
Scott Collins: Definitely a couple first. In a whirl-wind kind of way. We were engaged the night before I had ever even seen Kim perform live on a stage. We'd played for each other acoustically around the house, that sort of thing, but not together nor were we involved as musicians. Shortly after we were married, though, that changed quite drastically, as Kim joined the alt-country-rock band I had with my brother. Being the multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire that she is, and unparalleled as a harmony singer, it was a dream. We quickly realized that it was good for our relationship to be able to tour together, as well. Not having to be apart like some musician couples deal with. After years of casually playing pretty acoustic songs together around the house, at parties (and) amongst peers, and getting responses like "Why aren't you guys doing THIS?" we finally took the plunge. And from the first live show we ever did as The Smoking Flowers at The Basement in Nashville, we and the audience both knew there was some deep stuff going down. There was both spark and fire.
OMC:¬†How does your relationship as a married couple translate into your music?
SC: In more ways than you can count. Our art, relationship…Read more...