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Fort Collins band Motorhome plays rock with a country kick

Margaret Hair

Fort Collins rock band Motorhome plays Saturday at Mahogany Ridge. Guitarist and singer Matt Thornton lists Gram Parsons, Bruce Springsteen and Van Halen among the band's top influences.

Musical influences

¤ Gram Parsons: If you don’t know I’m not going to tell you. It’s a long story.

¤ “Nebraska,” by Bruce Spingsteen: One of the best albums ever made.

¤ Beer: It has been influencing people for many years.

¤ The Stax Records house band: Best rhythm section ever.

¤ The Figs: Kick ass.

¤ The Clash: Kick more ass.

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¤ Van Halen: Kicks ’80s ass.

¤ Led Zeppelin: The best band ever!

¤ The Rolling Stones: I hope when I’m that old I am still doing this.

– Compiled by guitarist and singer Matt Thornton

— Matt Thornton’s band has been called a lot of things: country, Americana, alternative.

Thornton can see why those labels might be attached to his Fort Collins band, Motorhome, but he also sees a much easier answer to the “how would you describe your music” question.

“Most people call us alt-country, but to me it’s rock ‘n’ roll. To me we’re just a rock ‘n’ roll band, you know? But it does have a country and bluegrass tinge to it,” Thornton said. His band plays Saturday at Mahogany Ridge.

Growing up in Wyoming, Thornton was surrounded by country music. He hated it.

“There wasn’t a radio station in my hometown, and there weren’t many outlets to receive music from, so I got different music as much as I could,” he said. “I was listening to punk rock stuff, but as I got older, I realized, ‘Man, that country stuff is pretty good.'”

From that realization Thornton worked his way back through The Rolling Stones and Gram Parsons, got into Drive-By Truckers and gathered some like-minded musicians to form Motorhome.

Those groups are rock bands, Thornton said. He doesn’t see much difference between alt-country music and the kind of rock ‘n’ roll you might find in a bar – which is where the musicians of Motorhome prefer to be found. The genre labels come from a confusion of what rock music was in its early forms, Thornton said.

“I think people have forgotten what rock ‘n’ roll is. I mean, The Rolling Stones put out albums that were country, but they were still rock ‘n’ roll. : It’s OK to put in some country stuff now and then,” he said.

Thornton compiled a list of the musicians and experiences that have shaped Motorhome’s swilling, shouting country rock sound into its current form, touching on classic rock records and bands, the legendary Memphis soul label Stax Records, and Gram Parsons, the man who gave country rock the sound it has today.

Musical influences

¤ Gram Parsons: If you don’t know I’m not going to tell you. It’s a long story.

¤ “Nebraska,” by Bruce Spingsteen: One of the best albums ever made.

¤ Beer: It has been influencing people for many years.

¤ The Stax Records house band: Best rhythm section ever.

¤ The Figs: Kick ass.

¤ The Clash: Kick more ass.

¤ Van Halen: Kicks ’80s ass.

¤ Led Zeppelin: The best band ever!

¤ The Rolling Stones: I hope when I’m that old I am still doing this.

– Compiled by guitarist and singer Matt Thornton