The Floating Men... Celebrating 20 Years and the Release of Their 17th Album “Swimming With Gods”, Act II of The Sighing Hours rock opera- part sex farce, part love story, and part supernatural chiller, set on a sea island off the coast of South Carolina, where a liberated, enlightened hippie enclave interacts warmly with the local culture, dominated by the Afro-Caribbean descendants of slaves.
ABOUT THE SIGHING HOURS:
The Sighing Hours is a southern gothic opera originally released by The Floating Men (2009) in two installments:
Act I: No Clocks, No Calendars
Act II: Swimming With Gods
To purchase the original recordings of the opera, please visit our online store.
With partners spread across the entire Southeast, the world premiere will be a large regional event with national appeal and a strong charitable mission that addresses issues of heritage, diversity and ecology as the building blocks of The Southern Experience. We will raise awareness and funds for related causes here in Nashville as well as in our partners’ cities, Memphis TN and Charleston SC.
The Sighing Hours is inspired by Native American and Afro-Caribbean folklore and Southeastern coastal traditions. Here is a one-paragraph abstract of the show:
“The Sighing Hours is part sex farce, part supernatural chiller and, ultimately, a richly-layered southern gothic rock opera. Set on a sea island along the South Carolina coast, a youthful crew of endearingly dysfunctional beach bums, slackers and stoners warmly embrace the local Afro-Caribbean island culture. Their perfect summer is interrupted when an ancient spirit appears to extract human sacrifices in return for the gifts bestowed by the bountiful local ecology. A beloved local Root Doctor has been preparing for this moment for decades and may have the answers, but at what cost?”
And as always, visit floatingmen.com or facebook for more information, to purchase songs and CD's, or to just hang out with other floatilla.
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Celebrating 20 Years!
The Floating Men at The Rutledge, Nashville, Tennessee
Labor Day Weekend, September 4 & 5
Twenty years ago, Jeff Holmes and Scot Evans sweet-talked a scrappy young super-hero drummer named Jeff Bishop into making music with them. They called themselves The Floating Men (it sounded good at the time) and started rehearsing a batch of songs Jeff had been working on. Before long, they were on the road playing only the finest venues and staying in luxury resorts (read: dingy nightclubs and budget motels).
Faced with the prospect of an overly glamorous life, Bishop traded in his drumsticks for a life in China (wouldn't you?) and Scot & Jeff floated on drawing from other Nashville musicians to keep The Floating Men well..., afloat.
20 years and 17 albums later, since that first downbeat in 1990, The Floating Men are still at it (not drowning, floating). Most recently, TFM released acts 1 & 2 of "The Sighing Hours", showcasing some vivid songs and incredible musicianship in that familiar and twisted Floating Men style. Although the pace has slowed a bit over the years, the recording, the live shows, and the Floatilla rock on.
Join us this Labor Day Weekend, September 4 & 5, at The Rutledge in Nashville, Tennessee to celebrate 20 years of The Floating Men.
Stay tuned for more information on other happenings that weekend as well as exciting developments happening regarding the stage production of "The Sighing Hours". And as always, visit floatingmen.com or facebook for more information, to purchase songs and CD's, or to just hang out in that creepy online stalker kinda way.
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