The Bohannons are a bit of a Tennessee institution, but the central tenant of their music is their unwavering commitment to making challenging records. Marty and Matt Bohannon have been at it for a while, but have experienced a bit of a renaissance as of late. Known locally for hosting national and international artists in their hometown of Chattanooga, a mid-size post-industrial southern city with a burgeoning arts scene. The land and the population are indicative of the material generated by the band.
The Bohannons have been creating musical narratives informed by personal experience, blending classic and modern influences, since the early 90s when brothers Matt and Marty Bohannon made their first recording onto a four-track cassette tape in a duplex garage at their parents’ home. Their soundscapes emanate country, blues and folk standards fused together with rock, punk and power pop structures.
Earlier this year, the Bohannons released the album ‘Luminary Angels,’ their first album for Cornelius Chapel Records (which is the new label started by Elliot McPherson of the Dexateens) to rave reviews. Glide Magazine proclaimed the record as “a fiery tour de force of explosive rock and roll, with a distinctly Southern sound. Though the band likes to play fast and loose, they never sound sloppy and the songwriting is more thoughtful and hard-hitting.
Innocent Words is proud to be premiring the Bohannons new video “Smoke and Ashes” from the new album.
“I used to frequent a little greasy spoon here in Chattanooga called the Southern,” Marty Bohannon said. “One of the regulars there was a mail carrier who I noticed when he wasn’t eating would make hand motions like he was cording a piano. I asked and he confessed he was the touring piano player for Tom T. Hall all through the 70’s and 80’s. Of course I flipped, having the last name Bohannon and all. We spent the next few weeks talking about Tom, touring and inspiration. He once told me Tom ‘wrote in the moment’ and the ‘story was there if you look into the details’. I left there that day with the intention of finding a story, and ‘Smoke and Ashes’ unfolded just a few moments later.”