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Bullitt musician part of Friday night concert

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By Stephen Thomas

LOUISVILLE - Rock guitarist Sean Thornton returns to his roots this weekend.

The Bullitt County native will perform in Louisville Friday night as part of the musical group Solvi.

Thornton was raised in the Green Acres neighborhood, the son of Laurie and Wayne Myers. He attended Roby Elementary and Shepherdsville Middle School.

Thornton's sister, Lindsey Clark, helps with the band's publicity. She said the family moved to Delaware after their father Wayne, a Lebanon Junction native, passed away.

"Sean's musical interests really began in the east coast," Clark said.

Thornton and Clark still have family in Bullitt County, primarily on their father's side in Lebanon Junction. Their brother, Erik, lives in Mount Washington.

Thornton first pursued his musical career attending the Guitar Institute of Technology (later the Musicians Institute) in California. He lived near Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, an area famous for music clubs where many Rock artists kick-started their careers.

After a return to Delaware starting various bands and performing locally, Thornton eventually moved to Nashville. While there he met Solvi's other members and the band was formed by 2004.

Solvi has since toured what Clark referred to as the "wagon wheel" circuit, with Nashville acting as the wheel's hub and places such as Louisville as the outer edge. The band has played many locations within the Nashville region.

Still an independent band (not signed with a major record label), Solvi members work as their own business managers, engineers and Internet specialists.

"It works for the band for now, it saves on money," said Clark. "Over the course of these years they've picked up steam as far as fans go."

Solvi has achieved regional success with radio airplay and on-air interviews and promotions. Locally they can be heard on Louisville radio station 93.1 WTFX, "The Fox."

In recent years Solvi has played as opening act at concerts with established bands such as Journey and Def Leppard. In the past 18 months they have performed 150 shows in 20 states.

Clark said Solvi has finally worked their way to the Louisville area. They will perform live Friday, July 18, at the Pheonix Hill Tavern in Louisville.

"We hope this opens some doors for them," said Clark. "People like to hear original stuff."

Solvi writes, records and performs their own original rock songs. Clark described Solvi's hard-edged Rock sound as a cross between bands Tool and Metallica.

Between shows the band is currently working on a studio album with Double Trouble Productions president Michael Wagener. The company has produced and directed albums that have sold fifty million copies worldwide with artists ranging from Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper to Janet Jackson.

Clark said previous Solvi albums reached the Top 10 Independent charts as well as the semi-finals of an Indy competition held by Billboard Magazine.

Solvi will appear with five other bands at Pheonix Hill as part of a summer concert series. The show begins at 9 p.m. For more information call (502)589-4630 or visit www.phoenixhill.com.

For more information on Solvi visit www.myspace.com/solvi.