A hard-driving Southern rock unit based out of Palestine, Texas, Blacktop Mojo's fiery blend of post-grunge, classic rock, and metal falls somewhere between Soundgarden, Black Stone Cherry, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Founded in 2012 by frontman Matt James and drummer Nathan Gillis, the band eventually morphed into a five-piece with the additions of bass player Matt Curtis and guitarists Ryan Kiefer and Chuck Wepfer. They released their debut album, I Am, in 2014, followed by a heavy bout of touring that saw the group sharing the stage with a wide array of heavy hitters, including Bon Jovi, Sammy Hagar, Candlebox, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Black Stone Cherry, Shaman’s Harvest, Pop Evil, Puddle of Mudd, and Drowning Pool.

In 2017, the band teamed up with Muscle Shoals producer Jimmy Johnson for their highly anticipated sophomore outing "Burn the Ships." The album was released via the band’s label, Cuhmon Records, in March of that year to critical acclaim. The record yielded two Top 40 hits on the Billboard Active Rock charts, in singles, "Where The Wind Blows" (#27) and the band's cover of Aerosmith classic, "Dream On" (#31)

Throughout the rest of 2017 and 2018, the band toured heavily around North America in support of their record, getting added to major rock festival bills such as River City Rockfest, Louder Than Life, Rock Allegiance, The 25th annual Rockfest, and many more. The band continues to all live together in "The Mojo Mansion" in Palestine, writing songs and preparing for their 3rd full-length release to be released in 2019.

The Georgia Thunderbolts

The Georgia Thunderbolts come from a wide variety of musical influences. Being from the state of Georgia, we have been very fortunate to be exposed to the music of great southern rock bands like the Allman Brothers, Wet Willie, Marshall Tucker and Lynyrd Skynyrd. We have also been influenced by R&B and soul greats James Brown and Sam Cooke. Raised in a rural setting calling Rome, Georgia our home, country and blues runs through our veins like a southern stream.

There are a million bands in the universe of popular music who yearn for a career that becomes the foundation for an emergence of a community. They speak with the conviction of passion, honesty, drive, and perseverance. Most exhibit behavior that defines hard work to their core. Yet, the vast majority come and go leaving small localized followings in their wake. Some broaden their reach establishing regional footholds. And then there are those that through integrity, diligence and what is nothing more than a pure connection with those they encounter, that reach the heights of developing a national presence. With Lullwater, the band’s raw, thought provoking rock has placed them on that cusp of garnering that elusive coast to coast notoriety.

In 2007, John Strickland (Lead Vocals / Rhythm Guitar), Brett Strickland (Lead Guitar), Roy “Ray” Beatty (Bass) and Joe Wilson (Drums) met through mutual friends in the fertile Athens, GA music scene. They emerged with a shared conviction in their quest from sweaty jam sessions in a dark, grungy, damp basement on Lullwater Street, and from there began to build an audience one fan at a time. It took years of working through repertoire, and fine tuning a vision. Culling audience reaction at hundreds of shows and personal instinct, they threw their rich, diverse musical roots in a blender, and from the mix came a combined musical discovery. The missing link wascapturing their live energy on to tape.

With clear vision, they committed their resources, and literally uprooted their entire lives. The band relocated to the Northwestern U.S. in December, 2011. After getting their feet on the ground, they entered London Bridge Studios. Brett Strickland shares, “They’re adamant about recording on tape, which was perfect for us. We wanted the music to be as raw and natural
as possible. It was all us. You hear every nuance of the performances because we were playing live together.” The historical rooms where Pearl Jam’s Ten and Soundgarden’s Louder Than Love were created delivered a creative revelation for the band. With Producer Jonathan Plum at the helm, everything they sought to achieve became a realized vision. Singer John Strickland
reminisces, “My whole childhood was Nineties rock. For me growing up in Georgia, the Seattle scene was like a mythological place where all of these amazing musicians came out of. I told the guys we needed to go there to record. We aimed to bring Athens to Seattle, and being there definitely changed us. It brought us a lot closer together, and we found the sound we’d always wanted.”

The hypnotic, heavy melodies of the godfathers of grunge who immortalized the Pacific Northwestern scene left an indelible mark on music. The influence continues to impact recordings today, and with Lullwater that influence is clear. It is the convergence of this inspiration, with a healthy helping of bluesy Southern swagger, that delivers an individual sound. The band strives to create a movement of change and originality with the fans in an effort to bring sense of community back to music lovers that are dispirited with the state of what is deemed popular in Rock music today. With LULLWATER, they might just provide that lightning rod that inspires wide congregations of disparate tastes to unite for the simple love of inspired music.

Lullwater has released “Tug of War” and “Blind” from the self-titled offering thus far, and the fan base spoke loudly with love for the first taste of what’s
to come. Their personable, approachable and outgoing personalities are the backbone of this strong bond that is deep with the audience. With a realized vision in hand, and the abundance of musicianship, creativity and artistic expression, they just might yield that arrival in to the national spotlight they’ve persevered for. Inevitably, as lead guitarist Brett Strickland shares, “We want people to relate to the songs and connect to them. If they get something emotional from the music, we succeeded.” John Strickland adds, “I simply want all we encounter to feel something. I hope the album rocks people’s faces off, and it makes them feel more alive in the process. We are in this for the long haul, and with every passing month’s experiences I know that we are connecting. That, my friends, is simply inspiring.”

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