Georgia Thunderbolts is a five-piece band of southern rockers hailing from Rome, GA, at the Appalachians’ foot. Their music is a unique blend of 70’s southern rock, blues, country, and hard rock, which has gained them a lot of popularity around here for being so different from other bands who play around these areas. The Thunderbolts have been playing together for about eight years now, but it was until recently that they released their first full-length album, “Can I Get a Witness.” It’s a thirteen-track rock album that has been extremely well-received among their fans and the general public alike.
10. “Take It Slow” – Southern Rock
This is a slower, mellower song compared to the others on this album. I would call this one a ballad – it’s got kind of a sad feeling to it, but at the same time, you can tell that it’s a love song. The instruments in the song aren’t really loud and upfront, like they are in other songs, but they’re there and sound pretty good. Overall, I would say that this is a pretty good song and a good choice for a lead-off single, in my opinion. It’s not one of my favorites on the album, but it’s still good. I will say that the chorus is somewhat bland, but otherwise, it’s a pretty solid track.
9. “Lend a hand” – Southern Rock
This song is definitely more upbeat than the previous one, but it doesn’t have that much energy. It’s got a kind of laid-back feeling to it, just lounging around and doing some good old-fashioned rock and roll. It’s kind of like something you’d hear on the radio in the ’70s. The chorus is the only part of this song that stands out to me. The lyrics and the music are both good, but the hook is kind of catchy, and I like to sing along with it whenever it comes on. Overall, this song is good, but nothing too spectacular – not bad, though- definitely worth listening.
8. “It’s Alright” – Southern Rock
This track has a mellow feel to it, but at the same time, I can tell that it’s a party song as well. The music isn’t particularly loud or heavy, so it’s not going to be one of those songs that will get you pumped up or anything. However, a really nice lead break towards the end makes this song pretty enjoyable to listen to. The lyrics are angst-ridden and cynical, but I can tell that they’re supposed to be ironic because it’s supposed to be a party song. The guy singing appears to yell at the end, but it still sounds pretty cool, and I like it when he does that sort of thing. Overall, this is another great track on this album, and I could definitely see it getting a lot of radio play.
7. “Set Me Free” – Southern Rock
This song is pretty much a straightforward rock and roll tune with some blues influences thrown in there too. It’s got kind of a hard edge to it, but at the same time, it’s not very overpowering and is still pretty easy to listen to. It’s not one of the songs on this album that I would call mellow by any means, but it doesn’t have the same energy as some of the other songs. The lyrics are kind of cool – they talk about how you can tell when someone is lying because they won’t look you in the eyes. I can sympathize with that – it seems like many people don’t have much to say these days, and if they do talk to me, they never actually make eye contact when doing so. Overall, this is a pretty good song; it’s got a nice beat to it, but it’s not too overpowering or anything. It serves as an excellent example of what this band is capable of doing on record.
6. “Looking for an Old Friend” – Southern Rock
This song is a lot slower and not as heavy as the rest of the album. But it’s got a nice groove, and I like listening to it every once in a while. The lyrics are pretty standard for a rock ballad – they’re about trying to find someone who means so much to you and is irreplaceable. It’s kind of sad in a way, but it’s got a bubbly beat to it, so it’s not all that depressing. Overall, this is another one of those songs on the album that I could see myself playing on some lazy summer day by the pool or something. It’s got a lovely melody to it and isn’t too bad, but I’m kind of glad that other songs on here have more energy to them.
5. “Midnight Rider” – Southern Rock
Midnight Rider is definitely one of the best songs on the album. It’s got kind of a sing-songy chorus that I can’t help but belt out whenever I hear it come on in my car. The lyrics in this song are pretty good, and they talk about how sometimes when you’re feeling down, all you need to do is keep on trying and don’t give up. I like that message; it’s one that many people need to hear, especially in this day and age when everyone is more likely to complain about their problem rather than doing something about it. Overall, this song is fantastic. If you’re to only listen to one song off Southern Rock, I recommend you listen to this one. It’s got a great beat, and the song is actually about something that most people can relate to.
4. “So You Want to Change the World” – Southern Rock
This song actually has a pretty cool guitar riff with a funky feel to it. I like the funky bass line, too – it breaks up some of the more monotonous parts of this song and makes it a little more interesting to listen to.The lyrics are about how people think they want to make the world a better place, but in reality, they’re all talk and doing nothing about it. It’s a cynical song, and I can understand where the songwriter was coming from when he wrote it — many people want to make a difference but aren’t actually doing much other than talking about it.
3. “Spirit of a Working Man” – Southern Rock
This song has got a lot of energy and power behind it. When this song starts, you can tell right away that your speakers will start rattling off the hook as soon as the guitar starts playing. I like the guitar riff in this song; it’s got a little bit of a Spanish feel to it, and I can hear some influence from bands like The Clash in this one. There isn’t much else to say about this song; if you’re looking for something that has a lot of energy and power behind it, definitely check this song out. It’s one of the band’s best songs.
2. “Be Good to Yourself” – Southern Rock
This is one of the best songs off of Southern Rock; it’s got a great beat and kind of an exciting sound to it. I like that there are different tempos in the song; it makes it more interesting to listen to. The lyrics are simple, but they get their point across; they essentially talk about how you should only worry about yourself and not let anyone else’s opinions sway your own, since what matters is what you think of yourself. Overall, this is a great song that I would recommend listening to if you ever need something with a good beat and the lyrics to inspire you.
1. “Can I Get a Witness” – Southern Rock
This song was named after the album, but it’s definitely one of the band’s best songs ever to come out. It starts with a nice, slow beat that provides a good background for the vocals to take over. I like the softness of the guitar at the beginning; it gives you a little bit of a lull before all of a sudden, they pick up into an even harder beat. It’s one of the most well-loved songs by the band, and it’s no surprise as to why. It’s got an excellent beat with some good guitar work behind it, and at just below five minutes, this song goes on for just long enough that you don’t get tired of listening to it too quickly.