"Andrew Nelson and Blount Floyd make music enriched by their native South. Influenced by Pop Melody as well as Traditional Folklore. It's old art for the new generation."
Band to Watch: Great Peacock
Today is the day! Great Peacock releases their first EP on the label This is American Music.
At the end of last year, Great Peacock was Lightning 100's Local Band to Watch. They accomplished this without even having an official EP released. Lightning 100 played the song below, Take Me to the Mountain, to gear up for a performance they were promoting. I had to find out if these guys were a fluke with one really great song, so my husband and I went to see them perform at Tin Roof 2 in Franklin, TN. When they came on stage, one in a poncho and the other in a suit and cowboy boots, Hubs gave me a look like "Seriously? You dragged me here for this," and looked down at his plate as if to say "at least this place has good food." Then Great Peacock started playing and he understood. The song was not a fluke...
At a table close to ours was a table of "Whoo-Hoo" girls that talked loudly throughout the first few songs. It was distracting. They did not know who Great Peacock was and obviously did not care. However, when Take Me to the Mountain started playing then I began to see head bobbing and before I knew it they were all up and dancing. The beat was infectious and captured attention. Those ladies went down to the stage to watch the rest of the performance. Yeah, it was that good.
March is going to be a big month for these guys. Not only does their EP come out today, but they are also playing THREE (yes, three) SXSW showcases and will be playing Music City Roots.
Here is their schedule while at SXSW in Austin, TX:
3/14/13, 2pm - Lucy's Retired Surfer Bar
3/15/13, noon - The Chuggin' Monkey (This showcase is for the Red Gorilla Festival)
3/15/13, 6pm - The Whip In - Oskar Blues day party
3/16/13, noon - Paste Magazine Party
Great Peacock play Music City Roots on 3/20/13. Also performing is Keller Williams with The Travelin' McCourys, Altan, Shannon Whitworth, and Derek St. Holmes. If you live around Nashville then come to the Loveless Barn. Admission is only $10. If you don't or cannot make it then wait! Don't fret! You can livestream it here, listen to it on Lightning 100 here, or watch it after the fact here.
Pretty soon the whole world will know about this band, so go ahead and get on the bandwagon now! What do you think? Do you know of any newer bands that I should be following?