Artist: The Bohannons
Title: ‘Unaka Rising’
Overall Album Vibe:
Although the band has released a previous EP in 2011 titled, ‘Days of Echo,’ this is the first time that I’ve had the pleasure of hearing their music. This band based out of Chattanooga, TN., plays a brand of roots / Southern rock with an occasional hard rock vibe added in from time-to-time. If you’re like me when I first heard the album’s title I thought it had some sort of connection to Japan but instead it’s a province located in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina that band singer/ guitarist Marty Bohannon say is, “One of the finest areas in all the world.”
Highlight tracks include the opener, “Goodbye Bill,” that has an interesting The Black Crowes meets Black Sabbath sound, starting out slow and building up as it goes along. Lyrically band member Marty Bohannon explains it as being, “An ode to martyred labor organizer Joe Hill approaching the 100th anniversary of his death. The words are from his last will, as well as from Ethel Raim and The Pennywhistlers’ song ‘Joe Hill’.” The up-tempo aptly named alt.-rock gun ownership issue themed track, “Cold Dead Hand,” with twangy vocals that reminded me of Jerry Lee Lewis. I also enjoyed the fast paced, almost totally instrumental track, “The Cradle” that features several nice tempo changes in it.
Review Tagline: You can put whatever label you want on the The Bohannons’ music the only one that really matters is, ‘Damn Good!’
Standout Tracks: “Goodbye Bill”, “Cold Dead Hand”, “The Cradle”,
Review by C.W. Ross