Chris’ 31 Days of Music keep son hurdling towards Day 1 but we are not quite there yet. Day 4 is a band that has been a favorite here fo ra few years and if you read this column then you have heard all about them. Joining the countdown is Nashville’s Great Peacock with their album Making Ghosts.
A couple of years back I was introduced to the fine musical styling of Great Peacock via an email containing a link to a handful of songs. As Blount Floyd’s and Andrew Nelson’s vocal harmonies sashayed their way through my head I became captivated by their lyrics about family, the comfort of home and love of the South. Since that introduction Great Peacock has been nothing but impressive. Using an incessant touring schedule to flesh out new songs and fine tune the band’s sound they have covered a lot of ground from the early duo to the release of the first LP – Making Ghosts.
Making Ghosts is an album that feels comfortable as if it has been a part of your record collection for years and is there for you when need it. The songs wrap listeners in a blanket of sound full of pedal steel, smooth guitar licks and Southern soul as Floyd and Nelson hypnotize them with their vocal harmonies. As they sing about love (“Summer Song”), missing someone close (“Take Me To the Mountain”) and even death (“Church Bells”) you can feel the passion flow from their voices with every note. Many have become familiar with the songs on Making Ghosts due to the previously mentioned touring schedule. One would think that could be a detriment to an album but I don’t care how many times you hear them play “Go Back” or “Desert Lark” they always sound brilliant. Each track on this album brings something special to the table. The laid back “Broken Hearted Fool” makes you feel sorry for this “lonesome loser” that only wants love but it just isn’t in the cards. The soulful “Higher Ground” is a spiritual track focusing on acceptance of death. With no fight left it is time to move on. One of my favorite songs is “Gulf Dreams”. As Floyd and Nelson sing about boat drinks, big dreams and the jet stream the music takes you on a relaxing trip. One last song to mention has to be “Tennessee” the bands ode to their home state. If you had to sum up everything that is good about Great Peacock with one song, this would be the song. Lyrics fill listener’s heads with everything they find great about Tennessee; from the mountains to the Mississippi River and everything in between. As the song progresses the music builds adding to the emotional delivery of each verse.
Making Ghosts is a resplendent album from the opening note to the final fade making it one of those records that will keep you listening for years to come. Their songs are written from the heart and are meant to be absorbed and felt rather than just listened to. With their first LP Great Peacock has delivered an album that is every bit a part of us as it is a part of them. Now go get a copy and immerse yourself in their sweet Southern sounds.
31 Days of Music
Day 4 – Great Peacock – Making Ghosts
Day 5 – Bloodplums – Nervous Breakthrough
Day 6 – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – Self-titled
Day 7 – Father John Misty – I Love You, Honey Bear
Day 8 – Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
Day 9 – Quaildogs – The Getting Old Factory
Day 10 – Blackfoot Gypsies – Handle It
Day 11 – Sydney Eloise & the Palms – Faces
Day 12 – Cedric Burnside Project – Descendants of Hill Country
Day 13 – Bohannons – Black Cross, Black Shield
Day 14 – Feral – Automatic Biters
Day 15 – Futurebirds – Hotel Parties
Day 16 – Ike Reilly – Born on Fire
Day 17 – Blue Blood – This Is The Life
Day 18 – Patrick Sweany – Daytime Turned to Nighttime
Day 19 – Mark Utley’s Bulletville – Bulletville
Day 20 – Porter – This Red Mountain
Day 21 – Left Lane Cruiser – Dirty Spliff Blues
Day 22 – Leon – Bridges
Day 23 – Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Ruffian’s Misfortune
Day 24 – Kent Goolsby & the Gold Standard – No Substitute for Handsome
Day 25 – Tedo Stone – Marshes
Day 26 – The Mountain Goats – Beat the Champ
Day 27 – American Aquarium – Wolves
Day 28 – Strange Majik – Lights On
Day 29 – Banditos – Banditos
Day 30 – The Juliana Hatfield Three – Whatever, My Love
Day 31 – Barrence Whitfield & the Savages – Under the Savage Sky