If you were in attendance Saturday night at the 120 Tavern and Music Hall, you experienced an explosive night of music. Three bands took the stage bringing varied styles & sounds to the venue in Marietta, GA and each left the crowd exhausted, dripping in their own sweat and basking in the music that just passed through their ear holes.
Hall of Famers Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ took the stage and dove right into the dirty rocker “Jesus Christ”. One of their newer tunes the blues infused number has become a staple of the band’s live repertoire. They delivered all the fan favorites like “Honeysuckle Blue”, “Fly Me Courageous” and “Let’s Go Dancing” to name a few. The mixture of newer tunes such as “Turn” and “Roll Away the Song” sounded great and the rarely heard “Dirty Angels” was a damn fine addition to the set. Right on key, “Straight to Hell” closed things out with members of Great Peacock & Thomas Wynn & the Believers joined Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ on stage. The veteran band were firing on all cylinders Saturday night. Kevn Kinney’s vocals and guitar playing were spot on. Tim Nielsen’s bass and Dave V. Johnson’s drumming kept the band in line and Peter Stroud sounded like he had been playing guitar with Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ for years. The band came out for their encore and everyone knew what was coming the only uncertainty was how long was “Blues on Top of Blues” going to run on this night. As the temperature pushed unbearable Kinney & Stroud kept the evening going with one hell of a guitar playing demonstration each tearing through multiple riffs before Kinney meandered into the crowd to play among the people. When the final noise from the amps faded everyone in attendance was left exhausted and satisfied as they staggered out of the venue.
Nashville’s Great Peacock are a band that just keeps impressing with their live shows. The band is a well-oiled machine and while on stage it as if Blount Floyd and Andrew Nelson know what the other is thinking. Their vocal harmonies were on full display as they sang tunes from their debut record Making Ghosts. The songs “Tennessee”, “Church Bells” and “Making Ghosts” surrounded the listener’s with soothing melodies and Floyd’s & Nelson’s captivating vocal harmonies. The ever popular “Take Me to the Mountain” was wonderful and when they kicked into “Desert Lark” you couldn’t ask for a more powerful tune to close out a set. Great Peacock has a limitless future ahead of them and Saturday night showed why.
Starting the evening off was Thomas Wynn & the Believers. They eased into their set teasing listeners with how good the band is before exploding into a world of chunky blues guitar riffs and soulful rhythms. The complimenting vocals of Thomas & Olivia Wynn gave the music texture as layers of music traverses through their singing. The addition of keys and harmonica took the band’s set to the next level. Many folks there had not heard the music of Thomas Wynn & the Believers but by the close of the evening there was a wealth of new fans in the band’s corner.
Saturday night was the final show for these three bands as they finished up their short tour together. Each band left everything on the stage delivering one last incredible show before heading back out on their own. All night long the band’s sounded tight making it obvious they had been playing together for several weeks. The music sounded incredible and more than made up for the temperature of the room that was somewhere between a hot humid July day in Atlanta and the flames of hell. The crowd was loud and rowdy and the bands appreciation showed in their performances and between song banter. Those at 120 Tavern & Music Hall experienced one heck of a night of music and those that stayed home truly missed out.