HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Second Lovers, "Folk Bitches, Get Country"

In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and ticket information at HPMusicAwards.com, and watch Twitter (@hprocksoff) every day until the showcase for your chance to win tickets.

Photo courtesy of Second Lovers
To which member are we speaking? What are you nominated for?
This is Thom from Second Lovers. We are nominated for Best Local Song and Best Folk Band.

Please llist all of your regular band members and what instruments they play.
Our band currently consists of Nic Morales on guitar and vocals; Bryan Hoff on drums, vocals, box, harmonica, and keys; Matt Lopez on bass and jug; John Maxwell on banjo and mandolin, and Thom Truver on guitar.

Describe your band in four to seven words.
If there was a slogan for the band it would be, "Folk Bitches, Get Country." I think that's pretty fitting.

Who is your single biggest musical influence and why?
Our biggest musical influence is Houston. Every day we are engaged in someway by our diverse, ever-growing music scene. And with amazing artists out there like The Manichean, Featherface, the Wheel Workers, NYCQ, and the Tontons we feel like the bar gets raised daily to better ourselves and the scene here. Thank you Houston!

What recordings do you have readily available?
Our first album Wishers, Dreamers, and Liars is available on iTunes, Google Play, Rhapsody, Spotify, Napster, Kazaa, The Pirate Bay, etc. Physical copies can be found at Cactus Music and at our shows. Our New Mexico EP is available on our Bandcamp and is currently FREE for our fans to thank them for our nomination.

Have you ever been HPMA-nominated before?
Last year we were nominated for Best Folk. We were very thankful for the nomination and opportunity to play the HPMA show.

Where and how often do you perform (publicly) around Houston?
We play at Fitzgerald's often, but have been frequenting Walters as of late. Both are great venues.

What is the next step for your band?
Second Lovers is excited for our future endeavors. Currently we are looking into booking a Texas Brewery Tour in the fall. Also, we are working with Sean Spiller of The Brewery Incubator to make a band-themed beer. Sean's beers are amazing and we are very excited to be a part of Houston's Craft Beer scene.

We have two upcoming music videos for our songs, "Alright and New Mexico." The latter of the two was filmed at St. Arnold's Brewery. Lastly, we are finishing several tracks for our sophomore album. We anticipate those being available for download by the end of the year with a vinyl pressing following. We are very ambitious this year, and have a few surprises in store as well.

Finish this sentence: "Houston music is..."
Houston music is ready to kick ass and chew bubblegum. And we're all out of bubblegum.

Second Lovers' HPMA showcase spot is 6 p.m. Sunday, August 4 at House of Blues' Crossroads stage (in the restaurant). See more about the band at secondlovers.bandcamp.com or facebook.com/secondlovers.

Location Info


House of Blues -- Crossroads Stage

1204 Caroline St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

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