This past Thursday night 10 High, located underneath the Darkhorse Tavern, hosted one of the best nights of music the dark intimate room has ever seen. Three bands graced the stage each bringing a different sound to the night and each delivering a damn fine set. From somber to rock to southern soul there was something for everyone there.
With a bejeweled peacock or feather stitched to their shirts, jackets and poncho, the Nashville band Great Peacock (GP) showed Atlanta what all the fuss is about. Led by the duo of Blount Floyd and Andrew Nelson they tore through a set full of familiar songs from their debut EP, introduced some new tunes and it all sounded great. The vocal harmonies between Nelson & Floyd are the soul of GP’s music butt the musical arrangements did a damn fine job carrying said harmonies through the night. Guitars, keyboards and sweet pedal steel were supported by deep rhythms creating a pocket of sound that enveloped the packed room. Highlighting the night was rousing renditions of “Family Home” and “Take Me To The Mountain”, but when they kicked into “Desert Lark” the place went nuts. I had never seen GP live, but after listening to the EP numerous times and enjoying their performance on Music City Roots I went into the show with HIGH expectations and the show I witnessed exceeded any expectations I could have had. This is a band that must be seen live.
With scorching guitars and thumping rhythms the Party Dolls treated the room to a night of catchy pop infused rock tunes that were almost impossible not to sing-a-long to, or at least hum. Consisting of a big chunk of the District Attorneys, they have been honing their live act over the last few months and it really kicks ass. Each time I have seen them play they have gotten better, and rumors are they will have an album sometime in the near future. If they are playing live near you I suggest you get to the show.
Opening the night was Athens band Blue Blood, well a portion of the band. Switching between keyboards, guitars and an accordion, the duo dealt out a batch of somber tunes that were loaded with deep lyrics. Their set was pretty strong with just the two guys, I can imagine how good they must sound when everyone is playing.
The three bands were a fitting beginning to the holiday weekend. Each one built off the previous band and as the night went on the tunes got better and better. With another great night of music at 10 High, they are starting to establish themselves as the place to be on Thursday nights in Atlanta. Check out Great Peacock, Party Dolls and Blue Blood, throw them some support and enjoy some killer music.