How did the Georgia Thunderbolts come together?
Zach, Logan and I went to the same school, we pretty much grew up together. When we got older we would hang out, listen to music and go to open mics uptown. There we met Bristol and Riley who went to school together in a different county. We got together for a jam session and hit it off. We haven’t looked back since!
The fact that you guys have been friends since high school… how helpful is that to have in a band?
Us all being friends since high school comes into play a lot actually. Especially when it comes to touring. You have to be around people you can get along with and fortunately for us we’re all brothers and inseparable.
Our sound is familiar but original. Like a musical stew, it has all of our individual influences. It all starts with the roots, blues, country and rock. It’s a very raw and unpolished sound, that gives it a familiar yet original twist.
You guys are playing blues inspired rock and roll. How do you feel about the health of the genre at the moment?
The southern blues rock genre will always be strong. You have to go back to the roots and find what makes you move, and what moves others. The Thunderbolts start with our roots, it makes our sound. Blues music is as prominent today as it was in 1920; it’s the cornerstone for all music and it will always be relevant in everything you hear.
With the band’s debut EP dropping and no real touring at the moment are there any plans for online shows?
Dealing with the pandemic do you think it’s important to put music into the world instead of holding off until full touring can resume?
100 percent! This world depends on music. The world revolves around sound. The earth itself is an instrument just open your ears and listen. It’s beautiful. Musicians need to get their music out there. It’s vital for a band to promote themselves, all people who love to listen to music are counting on it.
What are you most proud of with the debut EP?