There was so much good music going on in Atlanta Saturday night it was very tough deciding where to go. American Aquarium was playing Center Stage with the Whiskey Gentry, Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires set up shop at the EARL and the Cult was treating fans to some ear blistering rock & roll at the packed Tabernacle. While all of those are mighty fine bands, the place to be was at the Star Bar for Great Peacock, The District Attorneys and Blue Blood.
Nashville’s Great Peacock closed out the show with a set of tunes that flat our kicked ass. They rolled through songs from their self titled EP like “Family Home”, “Take Me To The Mountain” and “Desert Lark”. With twangy guitars, spacey melodies and Blount Floyd's & Andrew Nelson's killer harmonies they sounded brilliant. The crowd was singing along to the catchy “Gulf Dreams” and when they broke into the JJ Cale’s “After Midnight” the joint went nuts. If things hadn’t sounded awesome so far the District Attorneys joined them on stage for a rousing rendition of Tom Petty’s “Walls” to bring the night to an end. Once again Great Peacock showed Atlanta how good of a band they truly are.
Hometown favorites The District Attorneys lived up to their reputation as one of the best live bands around. Their original brand of Southern infused pop music sounded great in the intimate room. Songs like “Slowburner” and “California Fire” exploded from the speakers. The sludgy “Worry About Your Health” still may be my favorite live song from the DA’s and their “everybody in” version of Gillian Welch’s “Wrecking Ball” is one of the best cover tunes of any song. When the music faded out the folks at Star Bar had been treated to another killer show from the DA’s. I don’t think I have ever seen a bad show from them.
Opening the night was the Athens purveyors of fuzz, Blue Blood. These guys started slow but finished with a bang. Fuzzy guitars ruled the night as they built a sonic bubble that encompassed the bar with Hunter Morris’ haunting vocals mesmerizing the crowd. I was impressed with their set and cannot wait to hear more from these guys.
The Saturday night of music spilled over into Sunday morning and when the house tunes kicked in the place was still packed. Each band brought something different to the night yet they complemented each other nicely. Great Peacock’s Southern twang, the District Attorney’s pop infused rock and Blue Blood’s spacey melodies kept people enthralled and anxiously waiting for the next tune. I cannot stress enough that everyone out there needs to check out these bands at least once. You will not be disappointed.