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Doc Holliday - 2001 A Better Road




ARTIST: Doc Holliday
ALBUM: A Better Road
LABEL: Halcyon/Record Heaven
SERIAL: 4042588 00005
YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Bruce Brookshire - vocals, guitars * John Samuelson - guitars, vocals * Daniel Bud Ford - bass, vocals * Eddie Stone - hammond organ, vocals * Danny 'Cadillac' Lastinger - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Jailbreak * 02 Good Boy Gone Bad * 03 Faith In You * 04 Crazy * 05 A Better Road * 06 Angels In Waiting * 07 Dead Mans Road * 08 Bad Love * 09 Can't Stop Rockin' * 10 Lonesome Guitar

WEBLINKS: www.dochollidayband.com


Background
There must be something about being in a southern rock band. They just always seem to have been around, never disappearing off the map. As impervious to time as Georgians and Floridians are to Jack Daniels! As is the case with 'The Doc'. Good ol' boys from Macon County Georgia. This might appear to be a new album, and I suppose technically it is. However, upon peeling back the layers you'll find that the material is in fact a mix of unreleased and re-recorded songs. All thankfully from that classic period of the early 80's. No widdly techno keyboards here, as we heard on 'Modern Medicine', but more the straight out gun totin' guitars packing a wad of lead guaranteed to drop the meanest steer on the range. The band still contain three of their mainstays, with band leader Bruce Brookshire still leading the way, along with Stone and Samuelson. They've hardly been inactive over the years either, performing at events on and off from Texas through to Tennessee and in their home state of Georgia.


The Songs
The recent Thin Lizzy tribute album on RHCD featured Doc's version of 'Jailbreak', and it gets a sonic rev-up here too. Bruce gives a fitting vocal performance which Phil would've admired. The southern dixie swagger is heard on 'Good Boy Gone Bad', while 'Crazy' exemplifies what good southern rock is all about. Think Danny Joe Brown Band and you're on the right track. The 'Doc' go country pickin' acoustic on the title track 'A Better Road', not an amp in sight! 'Angels In Waiting' is a lovely commercial piece, very smooth and Bruce contends this could have been the single on the 'Rides Again' album, but it never made the cut unfortunately, but you hear it twenty years later! The track 'Bad Love' has all the guitar riffing hallmarks of the debut, whereas 'Can't Stop Rockin' has a cool groove, but the southern style solo's tell exactly where their roots are .. Macon Georgia. The last track 'Lonesome Guitar' is undoubtedly the 'Freebird' song on the album, as it's epic feel reminds us of that Lynyrd Skynyrd classic. A slow build into an energetic twin guitar and Hammond organ attack by the time we get to the end. Brilliant.


In Summary
For ten songs, there's a solid and consistent feel throughout. They get the benefit of a modern production unlike the tools they had to work with twenty years ago. It's good seeing them back in the saddle, and along with their peers Molly Hatchet, 38 Special and co, they represent the classic rock brigade of the confederate states. On the back of this effort, 'Doc' will no doubt be ridin' again and you should be seeing them appear at a show/festival near you.


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