IndiePulse Music Reviews: “Second Chance” by Allman Goldflies Band
By Joseph Timmons: IndiePulse Music Journalist.
Allman Goldflies Band is bringing new energy to Southern music with hard-driving, inspired performances, a celebration of classic Allman Brothers songs, and all new original material from their debut album, and a unique selection of Southern rock anthems.
The group is on track to become a major contender in the emerging breed of Jam Bands and Southern Rock music. Based in Panama City, Florida, they’ll be touring the U.S. soon. Bert Holman, longtime Allman Brothers manager, says, “David Goldflies was discovered by Allman Brothers’ guitarist Dickey Betts at a very young age. He had the rare talent of being able to play the more intricate improvisational parts as well as traditional blues cadences.”
Allman Goldflies Band is due to drop their debut album, “Second Chance” on March 30th of this year. The ten-song disc is a mix of Southern rock and modern blues with some jazz undertones, driven by raspy-voiced bluesman, Gary Allman (cousin of Greg and Duane Allman) on vocals and keyboards, and critically-acclaimed bassist, David “Rook” Goldflies, formerly of the Allman Brothers Band, both leading a group of multi-talented and phenomenal artists. All the tracks on Second Chance are written by Goldflies, Allman and C. Menfi.
In Review: Allman Goldflies Band scores big with “Second Chance”, something new and innovative, taking the classic blues / rock style and re-imaging it to a today’s hit sound with a familiar “Country Rock” feel. Strong guitar riff sets off Gary Allman’s soulful vocals, resulting in a powerful blues performance in a Southern tradition. With heartfelt ballads that brings out the raw emotion and and Southern Rock sounds that take you back when Guitar Rock had that special something that moved you deep inside.
“Second Chance” is an album that covers the spectrum, with songs of virtue in every category. Starting with love oriented songs that are exotic and quite spiritual in nature, “Ever Been So Lonely Baby”, “Standing In The Georgia Rain”, “Pretty Green Eyes” and “You Gave Me Love” are tender tracks with a bit of Country, Blues and Guitar Rock toned with honesty in emotion. “Can’t Turn Back Now” and “Southern’s All I Ever Want To Be” are a Saturday night out, feeling alive and free with upbeat tempos perfectly blended. “Baby Show Me How”, “Yesterday’s Blues” are songs with that signature sound that is the Allman Goldflies Band, slow, steady and strong. One special note about the piece called “Fadiddle“, for an instrumental piece, it has a whimsical playfulness to it that is accented by what I felt was a joyful duel between the Fiddle and the Drums, keeping in perfect time. No Southern Rock / Blues album is complete without a Spiritual, and “When Jesus Calls” is a song that invokes hope in a troubled world, in a time when faith in a higher power means the most it can.