Florry Free at Noon - 12.29.2023

Closing out the year in Free At Noons this Friday was local, alt-country band Florry. The six-piece capped off an excellent 2023 in which they released their latest LP The Holey Bible to critical acclaim, and spent a good part of the year touring, including a few dates with Kurt Vile.

As they took the stage in their tropical floral shirts and began their first warm, country song, Florry reminded me of another band we’ve championed here at XPN before: Wednesday, naturally, with their driving lap steel player, urban country sound, and shaggy hair. It’s not a stretch to assume fans of Wednesday will find a lot to love about Florry.

Florry’s music is technically proficient, verging on jam-bandy, but doesn’t take itself so seriously, especially when defending itself from inevitable cowboy likeness. Songs like “Cowgirl Giving,” update the old honky-tonk shuffle, but pay homage with singer-songwriter Francie Medosch’s effortless harmonica playing. Florry’s on-stage chemistry is also worth mentioning; they made performing Free At Noon look like a blast, which translated to the full audience.

A surprise cover of Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” wrapped up Florry’s set perfectly. The band will play next at Johnny Brenda’s with Gladie and Frances Quinlan among others on January 20th for the Second Annual Abortion Access Series.