Johnny Toms of Van Winkle And The Spirits

In this fast-paced, give more day and age, sometimes you just need that settled,
relaxed, be your true self, come home feeling. That’s exactly what Van Winkle &
the Spirits offers in its Americana music. There’s a subtle and hard to
translate difference between house and home, but that is that same difference
in music and what Van Winkle & the Spirits brings to the table. The band
brings down-home musical roots influenced by a mix of southern styles and
artistry that leaves you feeling like you are on the front porch with family
enjoying the rich warmth nestled in a glass of bourbon.
The seasoned musicians of Van Winkle & the Spirits collaborate from a
shared thread in music. “Our original music paints a wide brushstroke of
influences,” says Jonathan Tomes, lead singer. “We all grew up in spiritual
households and were raised on gospel from an early age.” This is evident as the
band sings from the soul and takes you to church in songs like “Leaving Home,”
where they deliver an authentic experience. Smooth, soulful harmonies and rich,
unforgettable melodies will leave you with an altogether different kind of
Kentucky Hug in songs like “Waiting in the Rain.”
The highly anticipated sophomore record “Southern Song” is scheduled to
drop in Summer of ‘24. It’s when you hear the southern rock, country, folk, soul,
and gospel blending together in original songs like “Moses Coaltrain,
Southern Song, and Crown”, you’ll realize there’s just something different
about this band’s sound. The first single, “Still Out West,” is part two of an
intriguing love story than began in “Heading Out West,” from the debut
record. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride as you come along on this musical
journey with Van Winkle & The Spirits.

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