Straight-forward Southern guitar rock seems to be a sadly diminishing genre these days, but this weekend, I had the chance to enjoy some sweet, bluesy rock when Atlanta’s Brother Hawk made a soulful tour stop at Will’s Pub in Orlando.
The quartet of talented musicians delivered a full bore, blues-infused rock sound constructed around the fantastic guitar playing of JB Brisendine and the sweet Korg organ sounds of Nick Johns. Their music delivers a comfortable, classic Southern rock vibe with a distinctive feel.
They’re a key part of a resurgent Atlanta rock scene and have been together for about five years. The band has opened for some legendary Southern rock bands, and have a growing fan base in The Sunshine State, particularly in Tallahassee and Jacksonville. They are on the ascension, because they deliver a hearty serving of Southern rock every time they hit the stage.
Brisendine elicited pristine guitar pieces throughout the forty minute set, as he masterfully plied his beautiful Les Paul while also dishing out surprisingly sweet vocals. Speaking with Brisendine earlier in the evening, he noted that they have a loyal fanbase in the Jacksonville area, where Southern Rock is everything to local fans. The quartet has also previously made a mark in Orlando, playing at BackBooth downtown, and they drew a decent amount of repeat fans who pressed close to the stage singing along to most of the tracks throughout the show on this evening.
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The setlist was highlighted by tracks off of their recently released album, Big Medicine. The anthemic title track was an early highlight, buoyed by the emotive music dripping from the foursome on stage. The song, “Big Medicine” was a sumptuous serving of tender rock which gradually built into a searing guitar-based crescendo.
The foursome closed their set with two blistering songs off of the excellent new album. “No Room to Rest” featured their stout rhythm section, as the full band doled out a filthy jam to wrap up the song. The song was one of the shining moments for bassist James Fedigan and new drummer Allan Carson. They then closed with a searing version of the album’s finale, “Scarlet” which was anchored by a sick guitar solo from Brisendine.
The band has a handful of dates in the Southeast, before heading across the ocean for a month long European Tour. See the full tour dates here: www.BrotherHawkATL.com and make sure you Like their Facebook page.
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