The Bohannons inhabit a musical universe that, while certainly drawing influence from all over, is firmly rooted in their Tennessee home. With their full-length debut album Unaka Rising, they are clearly taking their homegrown, handcrafted rock to a new level, and we think they’ve set the bar pretty damn high with this one. The album’s title references the Unaka province of East Tennessee and western North Carolina— “One of the finest areas in all the world,” according to singer/guitarist Marty Bohannon. The region has certainly fueled the Bohannons' fire, providing endless stories and situations from which these songs draw. With a quiver of new material ready to follow up 2011’s stellar EP, Days of Echo, the Bohannons spent the better part of the last year tearing up the road between Chattanooga and Athens, GA where they recorded Unaka Rising at Chase Park Transduction, first with David Barbe and later Drew Vandenberg.
The Bohannons' Unaka Rising is out now (released July 10, 2012 through This Is American Music) in CD and Digital formats. Fall/Winter tour dates to be announced soon.
As Marty Bohannon explains about the song 'Goodbye Bill,' "It's 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 BOHANNONS (left to right: Nick Sterchi, Marty Bohannon, Matt Bohannon, Josh Beaver) Photo credit: Jason Dunn
UNAKA RISING TRACK LIST:
1. Goodbye Bill
2. Two Riders
3. Tim Tim
4. River Above
5. Cold Dead Hand
6. The Ballad Of Christian And Other
7. Built A World
8. The Cradle
10. In The End
"Are they Country? Are They Blues? Are they '70s glam metal? Yes." - Bryan Childs / NINE BULLETS
"The Bo’s are coming for you and there is nothing you can do about it. The mix of political angst and fearful anger inject the release with an immediacy that is rare." - Wess Floyd / MOD MOBILIAN
"To profit from the album it must be played loud. Preferably up to pain threshold." - Roald Hansen / FIRDAPOSTEN (Norway)
Photo credit: Jason Dunn
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