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The husband and wife song writing duo of Tony Hamera and Kate Hinote, began their creative experiment in 2004. Hamera, a veteran of the Detroit music scene as a studio engineer and musician, and Hinote, a neophyte vocalist brimming with raw talent, first appeared together in the short-lived dream pop act, Ether Aura, independently releasing two records between 2005 and 2007. However, It would not be until 2008 that the couple would find their creative centers, as well as the critical pieces which would make up The Blueflowers. After many months of writing, member changes, rehearsals, and live shows, their debut album, Watercolor Ghost Town was released in 2009 - a cinematic mélange of alt-country, gothic Americana, 1960’s psychedelia, and indie pop. Metro Times Detroit had this to say :
"Watercolor Ghost Town is a genuinely beautiful and touching piece of work, from the opening title track to the melancholy "Helpless and Hopeless" album closer. Hinote's voice remains note perfect and goose bump-inducing throughout; the musicianship is finely executed and lovingly arranged."
The Blueflowers released their sophomore effort on March 25th, 2011 entitled In Line With The Broken-Hearted. As with their debut effort, it was independently recorded and produced by the bands guitarist and co-songwriter, Tony Hamera, out of Tempermill Studios in Ferndale, MI. Retrospective Magazine had this to say about it:
"If you’re not feeling heartbroken or hopeless already, the gently rocking, seductively soothing sounds of this very talented folk-noir group will make you wish you were. This type of music is timeless, as are the themes of rejection and redemption. They create a weepy but wonderful wall of sensuous sounds, sad but strengthening, emotionally deep without being a downer."
Elements of Americana, folk, '60s girl-pop and psychedelia can be heard throughout the disc. Hamera cites the vintage sounds of Roy Orbison, the Shangri-La's and the Zombies along with modern groups like Mazzy Star, Neko Case and Nick Cave as influences for the group. "We were going for a dark, moody, yet song-oriented record, utilizing as much analog gear and period instrumentation as possible," says Hamera. "Think Phil Spector meets David Lynch."
Rounding out The Blueflowers quintet is drummer Jim Faulkner, bassist Erica Stephens and David Johnson on acoustic guitar.