Band: Wes Loper
Date: Thursday, July 11 at 6 p.m.
Venue: Flora-Bama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. (Pensacola), florabama.com
Tickets: Call 850-492-0611 for more info
Flora-Bama will be featuring the cool country music of Wes Loper alongside its icy Bushwackers. The regional country star established his sound while growing up in Mobile. In a time when the local country scene was veritably nonexistent, Loper used his mainstream country style to gather a dedicated following.
Eventually, Loper traded the Gulf Coast for Music City. Since relocating, this country artist has made his living playing in venues in Nashville and beyond. However, the hot summer months always pull Loper home for the season.
Country fans unfamiliar with Loper’s sound might find a new favorite artist. His style balances equal parts of pop and twang to appeal to a wide audience. This can be experienced through the first two tracks of Loper’s 2015 EP release, “Natural.” The album opens with the electric guitar and stomping rhythm of “In Our Own Backyard” before dropping into the heartfelt lap-steel goodness of the EP’s title track.
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