When the folks at the Port Theatre Arts and Cultural Center set the line-up for a new “Thursdays at the Theatre” series late last year, the Bo Spring Band was penciled in for April.

When the folks at the Port Theatre Arts and Cultural Center set the line-up for a new “Thursdays at the Theatre” series late last year, the Bo Spring Band was penciled in for April.

It was Spring who came to mention that, by the way, he had this “little project” that was coming to fruition about the same time.

So next Thursday will be no typical Thursday as the Bo Spring Band will perform live in concert as part of the official release of the group’s self-titled album.

“The people at the Port Theatre group have been great to work with and this worked out as far as the album release,” Spring said. “We had some options.

“But I wanted to try to work it out because I wanted to do it here. (Bo’s wife) Lauren and I aren’t from here, but we’ve been here 14 years and our kids are from here. We feel it is our hometown.”

The concert, with doors opening at 6:45 p.m. ET and music following an hour later, is part of the continuing growth of events at the historic Port Theatre, which the PTACC is seeking to restore to its former glory as a downtown entertainment hub.

“The acoustics are surprisingly good,” Spring said, recalling working with Lauren’s band, The Krickets, when they played an album release concert roughly one year ago.

“I think all the events they have had since then have re-inforced that.”

And the concert will not be the typical Bo Spring Band show folks may have seen during a festival or at the local watering hole on a Friday or Saturday night.

Bo promised a couple of “guest players” which he would not reveal and said next week’s concert will be a “step above” the usual performance.

Tickets to the concert at $10 and are available at the Port Inn and The Fuss. Tickets are also available at bospringband.com.

A limited supply of VIP tickets were put on sale the morning of April 6 and sold out by noon.

“We’re excited about it,” Spring said. “This is where our core fan base is, between Mexico Beach and Apalachicola, and it is exciting to be able to share this with friends and family.”

The album, Spring said, was a “labor of love” and the labor spanned more than a decade.

While most of the 12 original songs were penned in the last few years by Bo and Lauren, at least one song dates back 15 years.

As it states on the group’s website, the album is a “long time coming.”

The influences are many.

“Everything but rap,” Spring said with a chuckle. “Artists don’t like to be pigeon-holed so the best way to describe the music is Americana.

“There is some rock, some gospel, some blues and some bluegrass. There is even a bit of New Orleans funk.”

As of this past Monday, it was also out of his hands as the album was finally being printed that day.

“It is a great relief, no more editing,” Spring said. “They kind of had to pry if from my hands.”

Recording took place at a studio in Columbus, GA through the band’s production assistant, Justin Bellew.

In part, the band, which includes Bo on guitar and vocals, Lauren on fiddle and vocals, Tim Dutrow on drums and Randon Hicks on upright bass, had a head-start on some songs before going into the studio.

“There are some songs we have played live and people will be familiar with,” Bo said. “I kind of knew what we needed to do to be efficient and not be too expensive, which is key because studio time is expensive.

“It really didn’t take us that long to record. We had wood-shedded the songs so much, everybody knew their parts.”

The key was translating some of the passion and intensity of the band’s live show onto record, to assemble varying parts and tracks into a cohesive sound spotlighting the band’s harmonic synchronization.

“That’s the trick, to have the songs translate the energy as if you were performing it live,” Bo said. “That is where multiple takes come in. A part may be played correctly, but maybe it lacked that energy you want.

“We’re pretty proud of how we did on that.”

Another key was sequencing the songs into the proper flow, which Bo and Lauren largely did before hitting the studio.

“People don’t really listen to albums straight through at one setting any more, but for those who do, you want the record to have the right flow,” Bo said.