Blackbird (2016)


Doug Southern - guitar & vocals
Kevin Taylor - guitar
Dustin McElroy - guitar
Brian Watson - bass
Mark Smith – drums


1. Redneck
2. Ink Under My Skin
3. Shame
4. Born To Do I´m Gone
5. Junkie Dumb
6. Georgia Shine
7. Love Is Alive
8. Hot Mess
9. Crazy Daisy
Johnny Rebb
11. Under Cover
12. 64

Sweet Georgia! A particular state in Southern Rock history (with Florida). Towns are dangerous but musically interesting. Macon is the birth town of the Allman Brothers, Doc Holliday and Capricorn Records. The Atlanta Rhythm Section comes from Doraville. Atlanta and his famous Fox Theater where took place famous Lynyrd Skynyrd shows. Ok I stop here. I stop before some can say now we need to go to the future and we have to stop to remind good but old moments. But boys of the Georgia Shine Band seem to be the real heirs of the traditional Southern Rock, sometimes forgotten nowadays. Coming from Atlanta, these not so young musicians have a real good technical level and don’t only play bad covers or weak songs. In the opposite, all songs on this album have been created and they all are really great. It is a classical band, two guitars, a bass, drums and a singer that sometimes plays the guitar too (tradition of the three guitars). Singer’s name is Doug Southern! It’s perfect for the band. Some of the musicians already played with Bob Burns, former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer. First song “Redneck” begins with some vinyl scratches before giving a perfect mid-tempo Southern rock and a good guitar wah-wah solo. A real tribute to Southern rednecks! “Ink under my Skin” is quite the same with a good guitar duet at the end. “Shame” is a Southern ballad a little bit just like Molly Hatchet “Fall of the Peacemakers”, with a good break and a nice final solo. Let’s note “I’m gone” and the splendid ballad “Georgia Shine” that talks about a grandfather teaching his grandson how to create alcohol. Its atmosphere is in the same way as Charlie Daniels “The Legend of Wooley Swamp”. We also good a heavy Southern Boogie-Rock with “Hot Mess” (a Lynyrd Skynyrd-Travis Tritt mix) and “Crazy Daisy” (still Skynyrd influence). Let’s talk also of “Johnny Rebb” (two good southern solos) and “Under Cover” (powerful Southern Rock). Now is the question everyone could ask: why talking so much about an unknown band album? Just because this one is the real Southern Rock heritage to show young people what can be done and give hope to the oldest ones just like me. So, don’t dream anymore. These musicians won’t play in Top Ten because it’s over now. Let’s just hope they can do a living with their music and give us many so good albums in the future. That could be great. Long live Southern Rock!

Olivier Aubry

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