The Georgia Thunderbolts just released their debut, self-titled record. It’s pure rock and roll, mirroring sounds of bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and ZZ Top. Rock and roll plays an important function within society, influencing attitudes and developments. It’s also an art form that celebrates as well as encourages self-expression, diversity and individuality. We are at a tipping point, illustrated strongly by speakers at both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Through rock and roll, The Georgia Thunderbolts represent where we, as a society, need to be aiming.
“Looking For An Old Friend” has an impressive start. The quick, tempoed guitars pull you in, the heavy drums indicate this song isn’t messing about and the hearty, male vocals are reminiscent of a classic rock sound with modern touches. I bet, well-respected GOPs can relate to the chorus. “Looking for an old friend that I have lost. Starting to see that I have been gone for so long. Seeing things that fooled me bad. Because I got too far from the tracks.” I am definitely “Looking For An Old Friend.” I’m yearning for somebody who can lead efficiently while bringing stability and avoiding divisiveness. I would take back George W. Bush. Even though he made mistakes and I’m not referring to ‘potato-gate,’ he brought the country together after 9/11.
The Georgia Thunderbolts’ second song, “So You Wanna Change The World,” is rock meets twangy country. The lyrics trigger visions of the national protests that are generating transformation. “We are living in a changing world. You know it’s gonna. If you want change the world, I hope you’re gonna.” The spoken words, “Go ahead now!” introduces the electrifying solo which has a semi-metal feel with screaming, squealing guitars. The band brings a diverse range to each track. The core is rock and roll, but the headbanging elements also present in “Lend a Hand” and “Spirit Of A Workin’ Man” makes their music exhilarating and definitely less traditional. The last track keeps its promises. The rawness, confidence, instrumental distortions and individuality push the boundaries. It “Set Me Free.”
Rock and roll describe what the genre accomplishes. It ‘rocks’ or disturbs our world in the best way. It keeps ‘rolling’ or progressing us forward. The Georgia Thunderbolts are here at the opportune time as we need rock and roll more than ever. They epitomize the genre by returning to as well as exemplifying the ideals we should be aspiring to achieve.