Song : The Bohannons : Goodbye Bill

Tonight The BohannonsUnaka Rising jumped out of my speakers: A hard-hitting drum/guitar attack constantly clears a path for the message of “Goodbye Bill.” That passion got me looking at the band’s bio. Which made me realize the Chattanooga, Tennessee-based quintet is still far enough under the radar to be burning up bar stages in the deep South. Shit, there’s a lot of great music coming out of the Southeast these days.

As far as the Bohannons’ general sound goes, reference points include Dead Confederate and – get ready — hair-toss era Status Quo. The Bohannons are a pedal-to-the-metal conflagration of strands including Southern boogie, grunge, classic ‘70s hard rock, punk a la the Clash, the Pogues, and Billy Bragg.

What’s more – as if we needed it, the Bohannons write songs about more than the common love/drinking/loss topics.  “Goodbye Bill,” for instance, is “an ode to martyred labor organizer Joe Hill.” But the music’s what always keeps – or doesn’t keep – me around, and I can’t resist the sort of Celtic riff driving “Tim Tim,” which was written about another relatively unusual subject – a cat. Gotta love it.

Anyone who’s really into rock should check the Bohannons out – the good news being that the band’s been straying further and further from Chattanooga, with at least three tours under its belt so far this year. You can download or get a physical copy of Unaka Rising at This is American Music.

Post by Mary Leary

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