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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tim Brooks & The Alien Sharecroppers 2000 See Rock City

Genre: Southern Rock
Rate: 192 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:53:15
Size: 73,16 MB

United States

Southern Rock is alive and well! This might sound like a total anachronism to more trend-oriented music lovers, but it's pretty clear these days that there is hardly any other musical genre as healthy as the down-to-earth classic rock being made by Southeners from Texas to Florida. Of course this is mainly due to the fact that there is a very enthusiastic scene of fans supporting this music that they have chosen as their way of life. One of the most recent examples for the immense vitality of Southern Rock are Tim Brooks & The Alien Sharecroppers from Macon, Georgia. A new release on TAXIM's DARK REIGN subsidiary, their debut album SEE ROCK CITY is finally available. Bandleader Tim Brooks has made some pretty impressive waves in terms of his guitar-playing prowess already. This is mainly due to his phenomenal success with Guitar Player magazine's spectacular "25th Anniversary Ultimate Competition". Not only did he win the "slide guitar" category with a two-minute demo featuring some out-of-this-world slide playing. The high-calibre jury was so impressed by Tim's playing that they awarded him the grand prize of all twelve categories as well. And so it happened that Tim Brooks was featured in the accompanying "Ultimate Guitar Concert" at San Francisco's Warfield Theatre, standing and performing side by side with legends like Steve Morse, Ry Cooder, Harvey Mandel, John Lee Hooker and Gregg Allman ("Tim Brooks brought the house down" GP editor Dominic Milano). A pretty impressive cast and certainly a night to be remembered!

But Tim Brooks is not a newcomer to the Southern music scene. In 1994 he and his brother Greg released an album as "The Brothers Brooks" and he has extensively paid his dues as opening act for artists ranging from Muddy Waters to Steve Morse and jamming with many Southern artists associated with the legendary Capricorn label like Dickey Betts or The (Dixie) Dregs. Special importance in terms of influences to Tim Brooks must be placed on one band in partiular: The Allman Brothers Band. No other player has so profoundly inspired and influenced Tim's musical vision as the late Duane Allman. And so this giant of a man from Macon, GA is continuing the Allman guitar-playing tradition in a very dedicated fashion. His main axe being a Gibson Les Paul Custom, Tim Brooks' (slide) playing is not sweet, but bears the heavy imprint of Southern blues/rock fire instead - just like Duane's. This is the sound Tim Brooks is in love with and this fire is what he is trying to put across in his performances. And he knows what he's doing.

SEE ROCK CITY presents a six-piece band that offers a blues-infused flashback of classic rock and roll iced with new twists and turns that will put this idiom into the new millenium. Besides a bunch of heavy-blooded original songs, the album also features a cover of John Hiatt's "Stand Still" and three fantastic cover versions of lesser known songs written by Bob Dylan:"Blind Willie McTell" (a secret cult classic amongst Dylan-fans), as well as the stomping "Foot Of Pride" and the blues-based "Down Along The Cove". With a vocal style reminiscent of ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Gregg Allman, Tim Brooks is apparently fusing almost intuitively a number of Southern musical styles. Because despite of the tough-guy attitude, there are hints of funk rhythms and country soul vocal intensity to be found throughout this album.

So "Rock City" in this case is Macon, GA, hometown to Little Richard, Otis Redding and of course The Allman Brothers Band. A pretty impressive musical history, for sure. And even if the comic-book humor on display on the cover reminds a little of ZZ Top's weirdo jokery - musically SEE ROCK CITY really gets down to business. (


Tim Brooks - lead & slide guitars and vocals
Jonathan Randall - lead guitar and vocals
Paul Thomas - keyboards
Kenny Walters - bass and vocals
Anthony J. (Tony) Walker - drums, percussion and vocals
Benny Mobley - harmonica and vocals


01 - Pull You Under 05:30

02 - Yours Ain't No Bigger 03:31

03 - Stand Still 04:33

04 - Primitive 04:17

05 - Blind Willie McTell 06:38

06 - Stubborn As A Mule 02:52

07 - Down Along The Cove 03:47

08 - Low Down Feeling 06:15

09 - Foot Of Pride 05:16

10 - Shakin' This Ol'tree 07:15

11 - Collard Blues 03:21

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