ARTIST:

THE GEORGIA THUNDERBOLTS

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

CAN WE GET A WITNESS

(2021)
LABEL:

MASCOT LABEL GROUP

GENRE:

ROCK

TAGS:
Bluesy, Old School, Rasping vocals, Southern
"With only four unreleased tracks, "Can We Get A Witness" provides a solid foundation for The Georgia Thunderbolts to quickly join the talented next generation of Southern rock."
LOLOCELTIC (28.12.2021)  
3/5
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We left The Georgia Thunderbolts in 2020 with a quality self-titled EP but with the shadow of Lynyrd Skynyrd hovering insistently over it. While they previously released a self-produced debut in 2019 ("Southern Rock From Rome"), this time the Georgia quintet is releasing their first official album with Mascot Records. In fact, the newcomer, entitled "Can We Get A Witness", recycles nine tracks already released on the two previous records and offers only four new tracks including a cover of the Allman Brothers Band's 'Midnight Rider' ("Idlewild South" - 1970). As much to say that the chances to see TJ Lyle's band revolutionizing its style seem particularly slim.

However, let's not be mistaken about the quality of the product because the southern rock served by The Georgia Thunderbolts, if it doesn't shine by its originality, is not less tasty and easy to listen to. As such, the new tracks are worth their weight in bourbon bottles. Enriched by the interventions of a gleaming and nasal harmonica, 'Take It Slow' and 'Half Glass Woman' represent the hardest side of the Southern rock. Powerful, virile and dusty, they also offer great performances from TJ Lyle on vocals and harmonica, and from the pair of guitarists who balance riffs and catchy solos. More typical and positive, 'Walk Tall Man' sees the shadow of Lynyrd Skynyrd reappear in a prevalent way. As for 'Midnight Rider', it is here the object of a more muscular interpretation than the original.

As for the rest, it is difficult to add much to what has already been written about the five tracks present on the 2020 EP, even if it is always pleasant to let yourself be bewitched by the captivating and ambitious 'Set Me Free'. As for the songs that were taken out of the boxes of the first self-release, we have to admit that the hypnotic power of 'Can I Get A Witness' and the positive and contagious energy of the countrysides 'Dancin' With The Devil' and 'It's Alright' deserved to be put back in the spotlight to do justice to their qualities. The cover of Andy Fraser's 'Be Good To Yourself' remains more anecdotal and doesn't bring much to the whole.

It now remains for The Georgia Thunderbolts to finally offer us a real new opus confirming their talent while offering new material and showing a more assumed identity. By gathering all their tracks on "Can We Get A Witness", the Americans offer themselves a foundation on which to really launch their career while personalizing a little more their art which still remains very marked by the influence of Lynyrd Skynyrd. It is at this price that they will be able to join the Whiskey Myers, Blackberry Smoke and other Robert Jon & The Wreck within the new generation of the genre, because their talent is undeniable.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Take It Slow - 4:01
02. Lend A Hand - 3:21
03. So You Wanna Change The World - 4:21
04. Looking For An Old Friend - 4:41
05. Spirit Of A Workin' Man - 4:22
06. Midnight Rider - 3:10
07. Be Good To Yourself - 2:55
08. Half Glass Woman - 3:24
09. Dancin' With The Devil - 4:27
10. Can I Get A Witness ? - 4:55
11. Walk Tall Man - 3:34
12. It's Alright - 3:56
13. Set Me Free - 7:06

LINEUP:
Bristol Perry: Batterie
Logan Tolbert: Chant / Guitares
Riley Couzourt: Guitares
Tj Lyle: Chant / Claviers / Harmonica
Zach Everett: Chant / Basse
   
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KINGEDDIE
11/01/2022
 
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N'est pas Lynyrd ou Blackfoot qui veut : ce charmant groupe de Georgia peine à faire décoller son"Rock sudiste",la faute à un son pas si moderne que ça ( celui de la batterie est exécrable !)un rythme très en dessous de la vitesse autorisée et des guitares trop timides...seul le chanteur s'en tire plutôt bien grâce à un organe très développé dans des démonstrations vocales très appuyées ( on aurait bien aimé la même chose pour le grateux ?!) Au final,seuls 2 ou 3 morceaux sortent du lot, notamment Take it slow qui contrairement à son titre est quasiment le plus rapide de l'album... rien n'est perdu mais il va falloir passer la vitesse supérieure pour pouvoir sortir du lot...
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