New band Vonner resurrects the Lonesome City Travelers this Friday

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There’s only one YouTube video of a song (“Bluebird”) out there for Vonner right now, and it’s seemingly just singer Chris Metts solo on an acoustic guitar, but it’s lovely. However, this brand new band, debuting at this show, has a lot of local backstory – and it all goes back to Lonesome City Travelers, a standout country-rock band from probably the last significant class of Orlando alt-country at the turn of this decade. Led by Metts brothers Chris and Scott, LCT went on indefinite hiatus at the peak of their renown in 2012 due to some serious health issues with Chris. All went their own ways but, even through convalescence, the writing never stopped. Now the Metts brothers are returning – with their original lineup plus two additional players – as Vonner. When you have a new name but the same original creative forces, that usually means evolution. And it’ll be interesting to see how these notable musicians have grown. With proven twangsters Heather Lee & Jordan Wynn and Sean Holcomb sharing the bill, it’ll be like a golden revival of when Orlando had a great indie country scene.

with Black Sun Mountain Cult, Heather Lee & Jordan Wynn’s Whyte Tygers, Sean Holcomb | 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22 | Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | willspub.org | $7-$10

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