Genre: Southern Rock
Label: Mascot Records
Released: August 21
Georgia Thunderbolts EP track list
- Looking for An Old Friend
- So You Wanna Change the World
- Lend A hand
- Spirit of A Workin’ Man
- Set Me Free
Riley Couzzourt [guitar],
Logan Tolbert [guitar],
Zach Everett [bass, harmony vocals, keys],
Bristol Perry [drums],
TJ Lyle [lead vocals, piano, harmonica].
Hailing from Rome, GA at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, The Georgia Thunderbolts rise up with a scorching signature style steeped in soulful southern swagger, blistering blues, and raw rock. Out August 21st via Mascot Records, the quintet’s self-titled debut EP conjures a tried-and-true spirit through a fresh fire.
Opening with the superb (and my favourite) ‘Looking for A Friend’ which has dreamy, summer vibes. This southern belle of a track has it all, slide guitar and clear, warm vocals. Loved, loved, loved it! Get on that Harley and just ride…
Whilst ‘So You Wanna Change the World’ has more uplifting southern vibes, vocals which are really something special and slightly reminiscent of the Robinson boys in their Southern Harmony days.
A heavier foot stomping call to action, is the feel to ‘Lend A Hand’. You could imagine this being played in a scene from Sons of Anarchy. Truly pounding, bombastic drums and screaming guitar make this the pitch perfect party track and the deliciously raucous addition to my perfect night out!
A grinding opening for ‘Spirit of A Workin Man’ makes way for a more melodic and deeper track. The guitar tones in the back ground make for an interesting listen.
The EP ends on a high note with ‘Set Me Free’, a sexy and quite slow offering, yet still rock heavy. This track has the guitar riff reminiscent of Skynyrd’s ‘I’m On the Hunt’.
The influence of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, Molly Hatchet and bands such as one of my all-time favourites, Raging Slab, are easy to hear. But the Thunderbolt boys have put their own contemporary grooving spin on 70’s southern rock and I love it.
SCORE 9 out of 10
Reviewed by: Francijn Suermondt